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Story and current photos by John DeSanto; historical photos by Warwick Historical Society

Annual Report 2017

From Cathryn Anders, President

Given the presence of a full time Executive Director, the society has made progress on a number of hoped for goals. News of our activities and events has regularly been in the local and regional papers. It is interesting to note that special events, such as Festival of Toys, have been more attended by people outside the town than within.

The society has partnered with a number of other organizations on specific events and continuing projects that are mutually beneficial. HERoes In Deed has cleared the debris as well as dead and dying trees from the back of the Baird Tavern property and will landscape the area as a passive nature park for the enjoyment of the community. The society both more actively participated in the New York “Paths through History” weekend and opened Baird Tavern for the “Tavern Trail”, as well as providing access to the archive for the research on Iron Forge Inn and Chateau Hathorn. Several of our board participated in the society’s first time in the village Memorial Day parade, some riding in vintage cars.  Read More>>

Picturesque Effect

Christopher Jend: Picturesque Effect in Warwick Architecture

Presentation, September 10, 2017, 2 pm

Architect E. G. W. Dietrich (1857-1924), a native of Pittsburgh, Pa, came to prominence in the 1880’s for his eye-catching designs of shingle style country residences. Finding success on the East coast, he relocated to New York City, where he would practice for nearly forty years. An early proponent of the Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts styles, he had an early following in Warwick, designing the Red Swan Inn, the Anchorage, Dulce Domum, The Arches–now part of St. Anthony’s hospital and the Dutch Reformed Church, among others.

Christopher Jend will share both his research and collection of drawings and photographs during the presentation.

Since the time when Oakland had only a few houses, it continues to be one of Warwick’s most beautiful streets, with Victorian era houses for the most part, set back from the road, with neat lawns and stately trees. Former President of the Village Clinton Wisner, working with the architect E. G. W. Dietrich, built the Anchorage and Dulce Domum in the 1880’s on the west side of Oakland. Later they worked together on several other residences, the Red Swan Inn and the Reformed church in the Village. Samuel Welling’s large white house still stands on the east side of Oakland and several of the Wisner/Dietrich cottages still enliven Clinton Avenue and Linden Place with their charming English character. (Warwick Village Historian Jean Beattie May.)

The exhibition will feature photographs and drawings of these and other buildings from September 9 through 23rd.
Reservations for the presentation are highly recommended.
A.W. Buckbee Center, 2 Colonial Ave., 845-986-3236

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WHS Board Meeting @ AW Buckbee Center
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Nov 7: Building Compassion: A Community Conversation for Kids

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Building Compassion: A Community Conversation for Kids Posted on October 31, 2017 by Warwick Dispatch        The Warwick Historical Society, located in the A.W. Buckbee Center at 2 Colonial Ave. in Warwick, in partnership with Family Central, will [...]

Nov 11: Veterans Day Remembrance

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Commemoration: A Veteran's Day Observance at the Old School Baptist Meeting House Thursday, November 9th at 6pm The Warwick Historical Society is partnering with Warwick Valley Post 4662, VFW and American Legion Post 214 to [...]

Nov 12: Annual Wine, Cheese, and Jazz Event

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Come paint the town at the Warwick Historical Society's Annual Wine, Cheese and Jazz at the AW Buckbee Center, 2 Colonial Avenue in Warwick. The Society has partnered with the Village of Warwick to [...]

Nov 12: Second Sunday Conversation: Spirits of Local Agriculture

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Second Sunday Conversation: Spirits of Local Agriculture In celebration of the Village's Sesquicentennial present: Second Sunday Conversation A series of informal and entertaining talks November 12th Old School Baptist Meeting House 12:00-2:00 pm Spirits of [...]

Historical Society Receives Grant from Stewart’s Shops

Warwick Historical Society Children Play area behind Baird TavernWarwick, NY (WHS) – The Warwick Historical Society has received a grant from Stewarts Shops Holiday Match Program for the enhancement of a Nature Play Area at Baird’s Tavern.

The Warwick Historical Society (WHS) is partnering with HERoes in Deed to install a nature play area at Baird’s Tavern which is located on Main Street in the Village of Warwick. Baird’s Tavern is one of 12 properties owned by the Society.

HERoes in Deed is inspired by the memory of Army Lieutenant Colonel Jaimie E. Leonard, a Warwick High School student and West Point graduate who was killed in Afghanistan on June 8, 2013. Jaimie’s drive to make the world a better place is the force behind their mission. Jaimie’s sister Liz Harman, President of the Board of HERoes in Deed identified this project as one her sister would have supported and that it would honor her memory in an appropriate manner.

Extensive research has been done on the benefits of Nature Play with children as well as the benefits of nature with veterans. Veteran’s dealing with PTSD have found that connecting with nature is an effective and highly positive practice that allows for moments of peace that are sometimes hard to find. The calming effects of nature can provide mental health improvements as well as physical improvements that can benefit veterans by easing systems of PTSD along with depression and generalized anxiety disorder.

Some of the many benefits of a Nature Play Area for children are:

  • Supports creativity and problem solving
  • Enhances cognitive abilities
  • Improves academic performance
  • Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms
  • Increases physical activity. Children who experience diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of nutrition, more civil to one another and more creative
  • Improves eyesight
  • Improves social relations. Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors
  • Improves self-discipline
  • Reduces stress. Green plants and vistas reduce stress among highly stressed children.


According to the Child and Nature Network “an expanding body of scientific evidence suggests that nature-deficit disorder contributes to a diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, conditions of obesity, and higher rates of emotional and physical illnesses. Research also suggests that the nature-deficit weakens ecological literacy and stewardship of the natural world.” A secondary goal of this nature area is to help create young stewards of the land by raising an awareness of the benefits of nature.

The design for the Nature Area was created as an in-kind service by a Landscape Designer from the NYC Parks System. Local landscaper, Rich Valentino has committed his services at no cost. A Project Coordinator has been identified from the local veteran community to oversee the project and the VFW has offered to recruit volunteers from its membership to assist with the creation and maintenance of the area.

“The grant from Stewarts Shop will help us move forward in the creation of the Nature Area which we hope to have open this Spring,” said Lisa-Ann Weisbrod, Executive Director. She went on to express her appreciation of Stewart’s Shop commitment to assisting local charities benefiting children.

Founded in 1906, the Warwick Historical Society’s mission has been to preserve and celebrate the vibrant history of the Town of Warwick and its people, and engage our communities through a variety of programs aimed at developing an understanding and appreciation of our unique historic heritage.

For more information, or to become a member of the Warwick Historical Society, please call 845.986.3236, ext 106 or visit www.whsny.org.