Our purpose is to collect and preserve materials which relate to the history of the Town of Patterson, and to promote an awareness and an understanding of Patterson’s heritage.

Highlights of our ongoing work are featured below.

A Short History of Patterson

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Cornwall Hill 1800

HISTORY is more than a recounting of past events or a curated collection of artifacts. History is an attempt to identify the natural and cultural contexts in which the events occurred and, thereby, to understand why they did. This overview of Patterson’s past from its earliest settlement provides such context. LEARN MORE

The Old Burying Ground . . .

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Gravestone unearthed

. . .RESTORATION AND RESEARCH PROJECT is working toward permanent maintenance of the oldest-recognizable cemetery (circa 1760) in Patterson, as well as securing its listing on the NY State and the National Registers of Historic Places. Volunteers are needed for all phases of this work. LEARN MORE

Events

At the Patterson Library on June 19 at 7 PM

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Erskine Map 1781

WHERE THE ANCESTORS LIVED: MAKING GEOGRAPHICAL SENSE OUT OF COLONIAL DATA
An introduction to the Dutchess County tax lists and other colonial records for the South Precinct (later most of Putnam County) presented by Pam Ricciardi Paschke author of The South Precinct of Dutchess County New York 1740-1790 (2018). Also, the Patterson Historical Society will present some local case examples using this book for source info along with modern parcel boundaries, aerial photos from 1932, and old maps and Census and other local records.