Last updated: 5/21/2012
Fishkill, New York
Street Address
504 Route 9 at I-84
Fishkill, NY 12524
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 133
Fishkill, NY 12524
Hours
First weekend of June to last weekend of October
Daily1 PM - 4 PM
also by appointment
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Steve Lynch, President
phone: 845-896-8755
Jack Hale, 1st Vice President
Cliff Foley, 2nd Vice President, B&G Chairman
phone: 845-297-1875
Cathy Foley, Museum Curator
phone: 845-297-1875
Willa Skinner, Town of Fishkill Historian
phone: 845-896-9888
Karen Hitt, Village of Fishkill Historian
phone: 845-896-8022
Roy Jorgensen, Genealogical Chair - Library Committee Chair
phone: 845-897-4348
Description

A typical Dutch Colonial homestead built in 1732. The museum as artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary war. Also has local paintings. Events all year round.

Mission

Our Fishkill Historical Society's goal is to educate the young generations about Fishkill's history and importance during the American Revolution - specifically the Van Wyck Homestead used as Officers' Headquarters during the American Revolution, and the importance of the strategically located Fishkill Supply Depot (1776 -1783).

History

A Brief History

In 1732 Cornelius Van Wyck purchased 959 Acres of land from Madam Brett and built a small house, the present east wing of the Homestead. Today there is less than one acre left of the old Van Wyck farm property. Our Van Wyck Homestead Museum rests on this remaining one acre at the corner of Snook Road and Route 9 right across the street from the I-84 exit 13 eastbound exit ramp.

During the Revolutionary War, the Van Wyck Homestead was requisitioned as the "Officers" Headquarters' for the Continental Army assigned to the Fishkill Supply Depot (1776 - 1783). General Israel Putnam was the first commander to use this Homestead as his Headquarters. Putnam County, south of Dutchess County, is named in honor of General Israel Putnam. After the American Revolution ended, the house reverted to the owners, and the Van Wyck descendants occupied it until the 1880's. It was occupied until the late 1950s when, for some reason, it couldn?t be sold, and was abandoned. Thus, in 1962 the Fishkill Historical Society was formed to preserve the Homestead and keep its history alive.

The Van Wyck Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Artifact Collections

The Van Wyck Homestead has artifacts from the Amerian Revolution from the Fishkill Supply Depot. Along with portaits and other family posessions.

Research Collections

Library of local genealogy and history - rich in Rev War material.

  • The Museum is also home to the Fishkill Historical Society's library and archives. Open by appt.
  • Educational Programs

    Docent program; Local History for local schools to meet NYS requirements; quarterly lectures.

    • We have docent programs, workshops, school tours, outdoor walking tours, and other events year round.
    Governance

    Fishkill Historical Society

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Staff Only, Members

    Appointment required: Yes

    Publications

    Newsletter

    VanWyck Dispatch

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Services

    Gift Shop, public Museum, events by the Fishkill Historical Society

    Gift Shop

    Group Tours

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