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The mission of the Wappingers Historical Society is to preserve and promote the history of the Town of Wappinger, the Village of Wappingers Falls and neighboring communities, and to maintain custodianship of the Mesier Homestead.
The Wappingers Historical Society was created in 1967, when John Ferris, a fourth generation local resident, realized that much of the Village's history was bei ng discarded or given away. Many items were being taken out of the area as older residents cleaned out the homes they had lived in for many years. Mr. Ferris gathered a few of the Village's long-time residents to see if there was enough interest to form a historical society. So, with the positive response, a small group of about ten members formed the Wappingers Historical Society. It remains an active group today.
The Wappingers Historical Society acquired full custodianship of the Mesier Homestead in 2007 and has been working diligently since then to preserve and restore the 1741 Homestead. They are a rich source of knowledge of the history of the Town of Wappinger, Village of Wappinger Falls and surrounding hamlets and communities, and have archived thousands of artifacts from this area. The Wappingers Historical Society is also the curator of an extensive collection of Native American artifacts.
Grateful recipient of the 2018 Hudson Valley Magazine's "Best of" award for Best Historical Society.