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.




THE MAPPING PROJECT geo-locates historial data–for example, old photos, tax and census records–on a robust map platform. These maps, created by Arlene Owen,  began with residential building information; and now we are starting to display the locations of older roads inorderto help elucidate changes over time. Click HERE TO ENTER the map portal.

A Short History of Patterson

Cornwall Hill 1800

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 . . .


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


At the Patterson Library on October 16 at 7 PM–

The Original Hell’s Angels

303rd Bombardment Group of World War II

Presented by Jon Fiorella

–The story of the WWII B-17 bomber known as “Hell’s Angels” which was part of the U.S. Army Air Force’s 303rd Bombardment Group. Some of this story had been passed on to the presenter by his uncle, John Kosilla, who was a staff sergeant on the maintenance crew of Hell’s Angels and played a large role in her record achievements.

Bomber crews and submariners had the highest casualty rates in WWII–even higher than the Marines. In this presentation you will come to appreciate what a typical mission encompassed and the hardships the men endured. 

The talk will also cover the evolution of the U.S Army Air Corps into the U.S. Army Air Forces and later into the modern U. S. Air Force. And will include some information about local veterans who were members of bomber crews during WWII.