On Sunday, June 11 at 2:00PM at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library, 55 Main St., Kent Patterson will present a lecture on The History of Aviation in Westchester County.
Mr. Patterson, who is a Dobbs Ferry native and the author of the new book Westchester County Airport: Images of Aviation, will recount the fascinating history of aviation in Westchester County.
The first airport in the country was a seaplane base at Rye-Cove, which was built in the early 1920s. Other early airports were situated in Armonk, Croton, and our own Dobbs Ferry, at Willow Point, the location of a seaplane base in the 1930s and 1940s.
Before World War Two, the pros and cons of building a county airport were hotly debated, but the issue was not decided until the onset of the war, when the Army determined that an airfield was needed in the county for defense purposes.
Rye Lake was chosen as the optimal location, and an airfield was accordingly constructed. After the war, the transition was made from military airfield to county airport.
With that transition, Westchester County Airport enjoed commercial success almost from the beginning of its operation.
Copies of Mr. Patterson’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
Sunday, June 4th, 2017, 1-4pm
This year we are happy to offer a walking tour of homes on Broadway and Clinton Avenue. All the homes are connected to James Jennings McComb and the establishment and expansion of the Masters School.
Start at the Wilde House on Broadway. This home was built by James Wilde, Jr. as his retirement home. Eliza Masters and her daughters began their new school in this home called Kirk Knoll.
As the new school grew it needed more room. James Jennings McComb’s daughters attended her school. When Kirk Knoll became too small for the school, Eliza Masters thought about moving to Irvington. She was asked by J. J. McComb to stay in Dobbs Ferry. He asked what would keep her here. She asked for the land owned by P.J.Armour across Broadway. So McComb purchased the lots. He continued by erecting buildings for her school. His home was 29 Clinton Avenue before he built Estherwood for his family.
Again in the 1920’s the school needed more room for dormitories. Sarah Masters, now the head of the school, bought and rented houses along Clinton Avenue. These would include The Lindens at 70 Clinton, the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club at 54 Clinton and the Satterlee house at 34 Clinton. Also included in her expansion were homes that have now been demolished, Windy Brow, Thornloe, and Bonny Brae.
Please enjoy this walk through history on Broadway and Clinton Avenue.
Tour starts at the Mead House at 1pm. Participants should plan to arrive at the Mead House at that time to pick up their badge(admission ticket) and map/brochure.
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To foster and inspire an appreciation of the long and rich history of the Village of Dobbs Ferry, the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, in conjunction with the Dobbs Ferry School District, is sponsoring an essay contest.
The essay topic is Why Monuments Matter. Click here to download a PDF outline containing essay parameters, deadline, and submission instructions.
This contest is open for 9th grade students enrolled in Dobbs Ferry High School.
A reception will be held at Mead House on May 21 to honor the contest participants.
Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM
Dobbs Ferrry Library, 55 Main Street
Westchester author Carol Brier will speak about her recently published book, Mr. Jay of Bedford: John Jay, The Retirement Years 1801-1829.
Ms. Brier will talk about the later years and legacy of Westchester statesman, John Jay. After serving his country in many varied roles, the last as governor of New York, Jay took up residence at his beloved farm at Bedford in 1801, At the farm he turned his attention to his crops and livestock, family, friends, compatriots, and servants, free and slave. We will learn about the technological advances of the day (such as Hudson River steamboats and the Erie Canal), about Jay’s continuing literary and political pursuits, his close friendship with novelist James Fenimore Cooper, and his participation in an important debate on the authorship of George Washington’s Farewell Address.
Admission is free, and all are welcome.
Carol Brier has written many articles about John Jay for various historical publications. She is the author, publisher and administrator of the JOHN JAY FORUM, a blog devoted to researching John Jay and his family, with information about books, articles, manuscripts, pamphlets, events and links. Her 2016 book, Mr. Jay of Bedford, John Jay, The Retirement Years 1801-1829 was published by Heritage Books and contains much new scholarship.
Come join us for the Annual Clara Mead Eggnog Party!
Taking place Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 2:00pm at
the Mead House,
12 Elm St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Open to one and all; come visit with friends and neighbors to welcome in the New Year!
Downloadable PDF brochure
Thursday, Dec. 1, Dr. Richard Borkow, Dobbs Ferry Village Historian and author of George Washington’s Westchester Gamble, will give a lecture at the Irvington Library entitled “An Absolute Tyranny Over These States:” What did Jefferson’s words mean to the Founding generation?
The lecture will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Irvington Public Library
12 South Astor Street
Irvington, NY 10533
Register at http://tinyurl.com/zdx3or
Turn back time and hop aboard the Twentieth Century Limited, also known as the Hudson River Line, with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic North by Northwest.
Shown for the first time on the big screen in Irvington’s Town Hall Theater, the film will be introduced by local historian Thom Johnson with a brief lecture titled “North by Northwest Through Irvington and Beyond.”
This event is the debut installment of a new History Film Series, being co-sponsored by the Irvington Historical Society and the Town Hall Theater, that will feature classic movies that include scenes of Irvington.
Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: 85 Main Street (Town Hall Theater)
Tickets: $15 at irvingtontheater.com and include
complimentary beer and wine; popcorn and snacks can be purchased during the show.
On Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, the Irvington Historical Society is hosting their annual Fall Fundraising Benefit.
Taking place at at the historic Carmer Octagon House (on the Aqueduct in Irvington), the benefit will feature tours of this historic mansion as well as the reinstated 19th Century Lord & Burnham greenhouse.
For tickets, go to http://www.irvingtonhistoricalsociety.org/
Sunday, August 7 at 1:00 pm at Gould Park
Join the Walk led by fife & drum and the Second New York Regiment reenactors as we follow along the route of the Continental Army as they departed Dobbs Ferry for Yorktown, Virginia, on August 19, 1781
Then, at 2:00 pm at Mead House, Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Headquarters, 12 Elm Street, join us for a free, all-ages program:
- Talk to costumed reenactors about life in the Continental Army
- See historical artifacts and reproductions, including a tent, uniforms and everyday items used by soldiers, Native Americans and colonists
- Kids can muster in and drill with the 2nd NY
- Learn about fashion and makeup from a lady of the period
- Refreshments will be served
- Make your own ice cream sundae
Road to Freedom 2016 is a shared initiative of the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society and the Village of Dobbs Ferry.