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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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Sep
24
Sun
2017
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center | Warwick | New York | United States

Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month “Red Umbrella Tours”

The man with red umbrella makes his appearance on the streets of Warwick once again to showcase the exciting history the village has to offer. For the last 25 years the frequently known “walk-abouts” have grown as the village has expanded. What once was a tour that began at the Old School Baptist Meeting House and embodied the history of the American Revolution in Warwick now brings to life the growth and prosperity that followed the 18th Century with the coming of the railroad and farming in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Take a walk with us through our local history on the third Sunday of each month beginning in August. Some of the destinations on our travels will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House and the Railroad Station. As we walk the streets of Warwick the history will unfold with every stop along the tour. The town will transform before your eyes as the railroad brought prosperity of new culture and ways of life to the area.

Tours will begin at 2pm at the A.W. Buckbee Center and end back at the center at 3:30pm. Tickets are free for members of the Warwick Historical Society and children 12 and under, non-member ticket price is $10. Tickets are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations for tours are not required, but appreciated.

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

 

Sep
27
Wed
2017
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center | Warwick | New York | United States

Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month “Red Umbrella Tours”

The man with red umbrella makes his appearance on the streets of Warwick once again to showcase the exciting history the village has to offer. For the last 25 years the frequently known “walk-abouts” have grown as the village has expanded. What once was a tour that began at the Old School Baptist Meeting House and embodied the history of the American Revolution in Warwick now brings to life the growth and prosperity that followed the 18th Century with the coming of the railroad and farming in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Take a walk with us through our local history on the third Sunday of each month beginning in August. Some of the destinations on our travels will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House and the Railroad Station. As we walk the streets of Warwick the history will unfold with every stop along the tour. The town will transform before your eyes as the railroad brought prosperity of new culture and ways of life to the area.

Tours will begin at 2pm at the A.W. Buckbee Center and end back at the center at 3:30pm. Tickets are free for members of the Warwick Historical Society and children 12 and under, non-member ticket price is $10. Tickets are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations for tours are not required, but appreciated.

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

 

Oct
4
Wed
2017
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center | Warwick | New York | United States

Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month “Red Umbrella Tours”

The man with red umbrella makes his appearance on the streets of Warwick once again to showcase the exciting history the village has to offer. For the last 25 years the frequently known “walk-abouts” have grown as the village has expanded. What once was a tour that began at the Old School Baptist Meeting House and embodied the history of the American Revolution in Warwick now brings to life the growth and prosperity that followed the 18th Century with the coming of the railroad and farming in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Take a walk with us through our local history on the third Sunday of each month beginning in August. Some of the destinations on our travels will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House and the Railroad Station. As we walk the streets of Warwick the history will unfold with every stop along the tour. The town will transform before your eyes as the railroad brought prosperity of new culture and ways of life to the area.

Tours will begin at 2pm at the A.W. Buckbee Center and end back at the center at 3:30pm. Tickets are free for members of the Warwick Historical Society and children 12 and under, non-member ticket price is $10. Tickets are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations for tours are not required, but appreciated.

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

 

Oct
8
Sun
2017
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center | Warwick | New York | United States

Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month “Red Umbrella Tours”

The man with red umbrella makes his appearance on the streets of Warwick once again to showcase the exciting history the village has to offer. For the last 25 years the frequently known “walk-abouts” have grown as the village has expanded. What once was a tour that began at the Old School Baptist Meeting House and embodied the history of the American Revolution in Warwick now brings to life the growth and prosperity that followed the 18th Century with the coming of the railroad and farming in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Take a walk with us through our local history on the third Sunday of each month beginning in August. Some of the destinations on our travels will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House and the Railroad Station. As we walk the streets of Warwick the history will unfold with every stop along the tour. The town will transform before your eyes as the railroad brought prosperity of new culture and ways of life to the area.

Tours will begin at 2pm at the A.W. Buckbee Center and end back at the center at 3:30pm. Tickets are free for members of the Warwick Historical Society and children 12 and under, non-member ticket price is $10. Tickets are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations for tours are not required, but appreciated.

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

 

Oct
11
Wed
2017
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center | Warwick | New York | United States

Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month “Red Umbrella Tours”

The man with red umbrella makes his appearance on the streets of Warwick once again to showcase the exciting history the village has to offer. For the last 25 years the frequently known “walk-abouts” have grown as the village has expanded. What once was a tour that began at the Old School Baptist Meeting House and embodied the history of the American Revolution in Warwick now brings to life the growth and prosperity that followed the 18th Century with the coming of the railroad and farming in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Take a walk with us through our local history on the third Sunday of each month beginning in August. Some of the destinations on our travels will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House and the Railroad Station. As we walk the streets of Warwick the history will unfold with every stop along the tour. The town will transform before your eyes as the railroad brought prosperity of new culture and ways of life to the area.

Tours will begin at 2pm at the A.W. Buckbee Center and end back at the center at 3:30pm. Tickets are free for members of the Warwick Historical Society and children 12 and under, non-member ticket price is $10. Tickets are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations for tours are not required, but appreciated.

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

 

Oct
18
Wed
2017
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center | Warwick | New York | United States

Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month “Red Umbrella Tours”

The man with red umbrella makes his appearance on the streets of Warwick once again to showcase the exciting history the village has to offer. For the last 25 years the frequently known “walk-abouts” have grown as the village has expanded. What once was a tour that began at the Old School Baptist Meeting House and embodied the history of the American Revolution in Warwick now brings to life the growth and prosperity that followed the 18th Century with the coming of the railroad and farming in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Take a walk with us through our local history on the third Sunday of each month beginning in August. Some of the destinations on our travels will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House and the Railroad Station. As we walk the streets of Warwick the history will unfold with every stop along the tour. The town will transform before your eyes as the railroad brought prosperity of new culture and ways of life to the area.

Tours will begin at 2pm at the A.W. Buckbee Center and end back at the center at 3:30pm. Tickets are free for members of the Warwick Historical Society and children 12 and under, non-member ticket price is $10. Tickets are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations for tours are not required, but appreciated.

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

 

Oct
22
Sun
2017
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center | Warwick | New York | United States

Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month “Red Umbrella Tours”

The man with red umbrella makes his appearance on the streets of Warwick once again to showcase the exciting history the village has to offer. For the last 25 years the frequently known “walk-abouts” have grown as the village has expanded. What once was a tour that began at the Old School Baptist Meeting House and embodied the history of the American Revolution in Warwick now brings to life the growth and prosperity that followed the 18th Century with the coming of the railroad and farming in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Take a walk with us through our local history on the third Sunday of each month beginning in August. Some of the destinations on our travels will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House and the Railroad Station. As we walk the streets of Warwick the history will unfold with every stop along the tour. The town will transform before your eyes as the railroad brought prosperity of new culture and ways of life to the area.

Tours will begin at 2pm at the A.W. Buckbee Center and end back at the center at 3:30pm. Tickets are free for members of the Warwick Historical Society and children 12 and under, non-member ticket price is $10. Tickets are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations for tours are not required, but appreciated.

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

 

Oct
25
Wed
2017
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Red Umbrella Tours @ AW Buckbee Center | Warwick | New York | United States

Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month “Red Umbrella Tours”

The man with red umbrella makes his appearance on the streets of Warwick once again to showcase the exciting history the village has to offer. For the last 25 years the frequently known “walk-abouts” have grown as the village has expanded. What once was a tour that began at the Old School Baptist Meeting House and embodied the history of the American Revolution in Warwick now brings to life the growth and prosperity that followed the 18th Century with the coming of the railroad and farming in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Take a walk with us through our local history on the third Sunday of each month beginning in August. Some of the destinations on our travels will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House and the Railroad Station. As we walk the streets of Warwick the history will unfold with every stop along the tour. The town will transform before your eyes as the railroad brought prosperity of new culture and ways of life to the area.

Tours will begin at 2pm at the A.W. Buckbee Center and end back at the center at 3:30pm. Tickets are free for members of the Warwick Historical Society and children 12 and under, non-member ticket price is $10. Tickets are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations for tours are not required, but appreciated.

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

 

Shingle Diggers Blog 3

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

The Shingle Dig crew: Jim, Dot, Mike, Vicki, and George (Sherry not present) The Shingle Dig team continued working at Baird’s Tavern. We did considerable digging in Baird’s yard where the shed had [...]

Shingle Diggers’ Blog 2

September 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

The Shingle Diggers team of George Knight, Mike, Jim, Vicki, and  Dot  worked tirelessly during the hot days of summer, but actually enjoyed the challenges faced each day.  Each day was interesting, productive, and usually [...]

WVCSD receives Library of Congress grant for teacher training in the use of historical records and artifacts

September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

September 6, 2016 The Warwick Valley Central School District has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Library of Congress to provide teacher training on integrating TPS (Teaching with Primary Sources) into the classroom during the [...]

Shingle Diggers Blog

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Welcome to the "Shingle Diggers" Blog of 2016. We hope to keep you informed about the progress being made at the Shingle House archaeological dig.  In 2015 some  walls of the buried stone house, a [...]

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.