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Historic District Open House

Making History in Dobbs Ferry! The Old Croton Aqueduct has inspired a new historic district proposal in Dobbs Ferry.

Please come by and meet with Steve Tilly and Sonya Terjanian and learn about our new district application.

Sunday, June 23rd from 2-4pm at The Mead House, 12 Elm Street

Cosponsored by The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society and The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Spring Thing Community Picnic

You are invited to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s Third Annual Community Picnic.

Sunday May 26th from 1 – 4pm at the Mead House. Bring your family and friends. We supply the franks and beans, you bring dessert!

RSVP : 914-693-8817 or

History Contest

2019 Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Contest


History exists because of both the human and the culture in which they were born. So what makes them relevant to you now? How is this history being given new life within you? Again, it might be something you’re rebelling against, inspired to emulate or hoping to correct. Detail the part of history that inspires you today, how it came into existence originally (the originator and their environment) and how it is now a part of the “2019 you”.

Mail or hand-deliver your submission to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society or email to: by May 12, 2019

ALL STUDENTS who participate in the contest shall be recognized at a reception to be hosted by the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society on SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at The Mead House. The winning submission will receive a $100 cash award. Two runners up will each receive $50 cash awards.

Rails Around Westchester

Please join us for our Spring Lecture presented by the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society on the history of railroads and streetcars in Westchester County. Our speaker will be Dobbs Ferry native, Kent Patterson.

This event will be held at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library at 55 Main Street on Sunday May 19 at 2pm.

The Colonel and the Community

Please join us for a lecture by Walter Schwartz on Franklin Q. Brown’s impact on Dobbs Ferry.

Saturday, April 13, 2019


January 6, 2019 Annual Eggnog Party

Please join us in celebrating the holiday spirit
here at the Mead House.

Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at 2pm.

Come toast our plans for 2019
and enjoy sipping our signature eggnog with friends and neighbors.

January 7, 2018 : Annual Eggnog Party

2pm Mead House

Please come join us! The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society invites you to the Annual Eggnog party.

Sunday January 7th from 2 – 4 P.M.  at the Mead House

COME toast our plans for 2018 ~ COME salute our 2017 accomplishments ~ COME enjoy our headquarters with village friends and neighbors.                            JOIN us to support the DFHS and its vision for 2018!


Fall Lecture : Religious Faith and Seafaring in Early America

November 5, 2017
Dobbs Ferry Public Library
2 p.m.

In this presentation, Laura Chmielewski will explore intersections of religious faith and maritime enterprise in early America. The religious habits of merchants, seafarers, and traveling people of faith inflected their lives in a variety of ways that impacted trade practices, shipboard relationships, and even pastimes and hobbies.

We will explore the spaces and places of their religious activity and how ships and cities became the most powerful engines of religious coexistence and diversity in early America.

Dr. Laura M. Chmielewski is Associate Professor of History at State University of New York at Purchase. She is the author of “The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier”; “The Atlantic Experience: Peoples, Places, Ideas” (with Catherine M. Armstrong) and “Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet: Exploration, Encounter and the French New World.”

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Embarkation of the Pilgrims, by Robert Walter Weir

May 21, 2017 – Reception for essay contest participants

Come applaud the Dobbs Ferry High School 9th Grade participants in the Why Monuments Matter essay contest at a reception in their honor!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Mead House
12 Elm Street
Dobbs Ferry

Essayists, their families and friends are cordially invited to attend!

Awards will be presented at 3:00pm

Refreshments to follow

All Dobbs Ferry residents and history buffs are welcome!

Please come! Be informed, involved, and inspired!

2017 Lecture Series: The History of Aviation in Westchester County

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.