Selected Items from our Artifacts Collection
We have many historical artifacts in our collection. Some have been donated by local residents who wanted to find a good home for their treasures, as well as share the history of the item with the Community. Some of our artifacts are on display as a part of the furnishings and decor of the Mesier Homestead. These can be seen on tours of the Homestead. The Homestead is open for tours on the second Sunday of each Month and can also be toured by special arrangement. Please see our page on the Mesier Homestead by clicking on the button to the right for more information.
There are many other items we have that do not fit in to the decor or "story" of the Homestead, but these artifacts are no less important in the preservation and education of the history of our area. Below is a sampling of what we have in our collection.
Artifacts on Display at Mesier Homestead
1900 Edison Phonograph
Notice the cylinder "records" next to the machine
Apothecary Cork Press
The Pharmacist would use this device to seal the bottle of medicine with a cork after it was prepared.
The "Bone Shaker"
"Crazy Quilt" bedspread
This type of quilting was a fad in the late 1800's.
The button hooks next to the boots would have been used to fasten shoes and boots that had buttons instead of laces.
On loan from the East Fishkill Historical Society.
Trumpet - circa 1917
Community Bands were very popular in this time period and the Wappinger area had several organized bands
Fluter - circa 1870
This device would be used to pleat cuffs and collars.
Wedding Dress and Underskirt
From the late 1800's