Last updated: 5/21/2012
504 Route 9 at I-84
Fishkill, NY 12524
P.O. Box 133
Fishkill, NY 12524
First weekend of June to last weekend of October
also by appointment
Free. Donations Accepted.
Steve Lynch, President
Jack Hale, 1st Vice President
Cliff Foley, 2nd Vice President, B&G Chairman
Cathy Foley, Museum Curator
Willa Skinner, Town of Fishkill Historian
Karen Hitt, Village of Fishkill Historian
Roy Jorgensen, Genealogical Chair - Library Committee Chair
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.
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).
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.
The Van Wyck Homestead has artifacts from the Amerian Revolution from the Fishkill Supply Depot. Along with portaits and other family posessions.
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.
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.
Fishkill Historical Society
Access: General Public, Students, Staff Only, Members
Appointment required: Yes
Gift Shop, public Museum, events by the Fishkill Historical Society
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