The Guardians of History: Greenburgh’s Historical Societies

We hope you have enjoyed our Slice of History series thus far as we take preserving the town’s history very seriously and have taken great care to present interesting and accurate information. We are however, by no means, the sole guardians of the town’s history, Greenburgh is very fortunate to have six amazing historical societies located within our town. Here is their information:

The Ardsley Historical Society located at 9 American Legion Drive Ardsley, New York 10502, on the second floor of the Ardsley Public Library. You can visit them on Tuesdays 10:00am to 12:00pm.Or visit their website at

The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society is located at The Mead House 12 Elm Street Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. The house was built in the nineteenth century. The earliest record of residents is in 1864 when it belonged to a merchant and sailor, Captain Abram Wilsea. From 1917 until 1991 it was the Mead Family’s private residence. Herbert Mead bequeathed it to his daughter Sara who donated it to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society upon her death. Accordingly the house contains mostly Sara Mead’s possessions. However it also has several antique typewriters and candy molds. There are also panels depicting places in town where George Washington and his troops stayed during the Revolutionary War. You can visit them on Tuesdays 10:00am to 12:00 pm. Or visit their website at

The Hastings on The Hudson Historical Society located at Draper Cottage, 407 Broadway, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706 has an extensive archive of the town’s history as well as an exhibit detailing the history from 1940-Present Day.

The archive contains:

  • over 12,000 photographs
  • 180 oral histories
  • 410 maps
  • 400 books
  • various scientific instruments
  • 100 year old children’s toys

The exhibit will be up until September of 2019. You can visit them on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Or visit their website at

The Irvington Historical Society located at The McVickar House, 131 Main St, Irvington, NY 10533. You can visit them on Thursdays & Saturdays 1pm to 4pm. They are closed the entire month of August. Or you can visit their website at

The Historical Society serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown located at the Jacob Odell House, One Grove Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591 currently has two exhibits on display. They are: “The Capture of Major Andre” detailing the capture of the British spy who persuaded Benedict Arnold to defect during the Revolutionary War and “A Village of Miniatures” which shows miniature versions of many important buildings in Tarrytown. “The Capture of Major Andre” is there year-round, whereas “A Village of Miniatures” is a seasonal exhibit. You can visit them on Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Or you can visit their website at

The Westchester County Historical Society located at 2199 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford, NY 10523 contains a genealogical research center and a library of 2,000 manuscripts with the oldest dating back to 1700. You can visit them on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00pm. Or you can visit their website at

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