PRESERVING AND PROMOTING THE HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF WAPPINGER,
VILLAGE OF WAPPINGERS FALLS & NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES
Memorial Day 2021
Click here to listen to Morris Goring’s touching and poignant last letter home to his mother near the end of WWI, courtesy of the Dutchess County Historical Society. The letter is read by Morris’ cousin Rich Goring. This short video vividly brings to mind, in the words of Rich Goring, that “Freedom is never free. And it is a constant battle to maintain our rights, our liberties, our freedoms, both for ourselves and for our friends and allies throughout the world.”
The Wappingers Historical Society is the custodian of the historic Mesier Homestead in the Village of Wappingers Falls, built in 1741.
We are very pleased to provide you an opportunity to virtually visit this historic Homestead. The virtual tour is a set of beautiful 360 degree panoramic images of every major room in the Homestead which you can fully control and view. There is also a clickable point within some rooms which allows you to learn more about a particular item.
We encourage you to come visit us to see the Mesier Homestead in person! You will learn more about its history, artifacts, and the roles the Brower and Mesier families played in Revolutionary War and the development of Wappingers Falls. For more information, our tour schedule and how you can become a Docent or Greeter, press the "Learn More" button.
Scheduled Mesier Homestead Tours
The Mesier Homestead is open for tours weekdays and select Saturdays beginning May 15, 2021.
Tours on select Saturdays are offered every half-hour from 11:30am – 2pm. Advanced reservations are preferred and can be purchased online, but walk-ins will be accommodated if safety limitations allow. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing and facemasks are required of all visitors.
Weekday tours are our Signature Experience private tours; day and time are flexible but advanced reservations are required.
For more information and to view available tours on our Events page, press the “View Scheduled Tours” button.
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Have you read this book yet? “The Birth and Growth of an Old Village” by Edgar Popper provides a comprehensive recording of Village of Wappingers Falls history, including first land owners, prominent families, early factories, major village fires and early fire companies, churches and village businesses throughout the years. It’s a “must read” for current and past residents of the village and town!
This, and many other books about our area can be found in our online Gift Shop. Shipping or curbside pick up is available.
Visit the HOMETOWN WAPPINGERS shopping category to see all the unique items we carry that celebrate Wappinger!
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On May 1, 1777 Peter Mesier purchased what is now known as the Mesier Homestead. This was the home of 3 generations of the Mesier family until August 1891. But who was Peter Mesier, and why are he and his family important to the Village of Wappingers Falls? Discover their story in our special feature about the Mesier Family.
Meet some of the men and women who
contributed to the history of the Hudson Valley! History comes alive in this video production, where you’ll hear a firsthand account of the 1777 Wappingers Tea Party from Catherine Mesier. You’ll meet Orson Fowler and Dan Brouthers, learn about Daniel Nimham, Sojourner Truth and more!
Pathway Through History
Mesier Homestead Restoration
Exciting news! We are beginning the restoration of the original 1741-43 portion of the Mesier Homestead so that it can be stabilized and eventually opened to the public. Read about our goals and follow our progress by clicking below. You can aide in our efforts by making your tax-deductible contribution today to this historic building’s preservation!