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The 19th Amendment : A History

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – Muriel Fox (co-founder of N.O.W.) to present the Woman’s Suffrage Program: A history of the 19th Amendment. Refreshments sponsored by the DAR. 30 Minute Lecture followed by Q&A. Dobbs Ferry Library, 2pm.

14th Annual Road to Freedom

Join us on Sunday, August 18th 1 pm at Gould Park to walk the 1781 route of the Continental Army.

Following the march meet at 2pm at the Mead House for the fun activities of the afternoon including colonial games, tasting 18th century recipes, displays of early money and demos fo 18th century makeup and hairstyling.

Also attending will be General Anthony Wayne and the American Corps of Light Infantry.

All events are free and all ages are welcome!

Refreshments will be served to all!

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