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Chester Historical Society

Orange County, New York

The Chester Historical Society’s mission is to:

Our mission is to promote the rich heritage of the Village and Town of Chester, New York through the acquisition, restoration and preservation of its historical places, documents and recordings of oral history. Provide educational programs for school children, community organizations and all those individuals interested in local folklore and history. Exhibit collections of artifacts, pictures, newspapers and recorded oral histories to the general public.

Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as a nonprofit education corporation.


Please send any corrections, updates, comments or suggestions to us at:

Accouncements and events are posted on:

Local links - Chester, Village of:


          Allan’s Falafel, 115 Main Street, Chester, NY 10918, Tel: (845) 469-1714

          The Castle Fun Center

          Chester Agricultural Center

          Chester Alumni Association

          Chester Cemetery Association, PO Box 323 Chester,NY 10918

          Chester Fire Department     

          Chester, Village of, web site

          Cohen Labarbera & Landrigan. 99 Brookside Ave, Chester, NY 10918.

          Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chester

          Kiwanis Club of Chester

          Knoll Crest Apartments

          Mac Media USA

     Orange Bank & Trust Company, 91 Brookside Ave, Chester, NY 10918

          Rise & Root Farm

          Rushing Duck Brewing Company

          Rustic Wheelhouse, 39 Main Street, Chester, NY 10918

     Shoprite of Chester Plaza

          Village of Chester, 47 Main Street, Chester New York 10918

          Village of Chester Community Association,

Local links - Sugar Loaf:

          Artisan Discovery Foundation: The Mission: Help break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and exploitation experienced by women and girls worldwide through educational training, and development of sustainable micro-industry.

          Fabco Power

          Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Cente

          The Preservation Collective - Orange County, New York:

          G. Schirmer, Inc., 2 Old Rt 17 Chester, NY, 1091

          Sugar Loaf Chamber of Commerce    Orange County's original Art & Craft Hamlet

         Sugar Loaf Guild : journeymen full time working artists and artisans

          This page displays aesthetic items and structures that were made in Sugar Loaf by a long list of successful resident artists along with a few examples of outside artists who have maintained a close and important relationship with the hamlet:

Local links - Chester, Town of:

          Bellvale Bruderhof in Chester, New York is the home of Community Playthings and Rifton Equipment

          Chester Public Library, 1784 Kings Highway, Chester, NY 10918

          Chester Schools:

          Chester, Town of, Web Site

          Dirty Boots Farm

          The Dominion House Bed & Breakfast 50 Old Dominion Rd, Blooming Grove, NY 10914

          Educational Music Service is the leading supplier of purchasable, printed music     

          Peace and Carrots Farm    /     

            Pine Hill Farm

          The Rock Sports Park

          Roe Orchards

          Sun Sprout Farm

           Tele Vue Optics, Inc.  

Local worship:

          Bruderhof Communities is an intentional Christian community. Belvale Road, Chester, NY

          Calvary Assembly of God, 1118 Route 17 M, Monroe, NY 10950. 845-783-6677

          Craigville Bible Church, 789 Craigville Road, off Route 94. Worship, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sun. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Call 469-4408.

          First Presbyterian Church, 96 Main St. Sun. worship, 10 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. Nursery available. The Rev. Erin moore, pastor. Call 469-4877.

          Holy Hills Church,  62 Main St, Chester, NY 10918 (845) 469-7033  Opened 2011

          Saint Columba Roman Catholic Church, 27 High Street, Chester, 10918, (845)469-2108

          St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 101 Main St., Chester, NY 10918.

Local news media:

          The Chronicle newspaper

          The Times Herald Record newspaper

          WTBQ,  Independent Radio Station Serving All of Orange County and Northern New Jersey

Regional links:

          Delaware-hudson Land Surveyors Association, Inc.

          EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program:

          New York State:

          Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations:

            Mucking it up in Muckville Want to know what life is like on a working conventional onion farm, and the day to day musings of a real life onion farmer?

           Orange County Government:

          Orange County Land Trust:

          Orange County Mineral Society, 254 Rt.17k Ste 204 Newburgh NY 12550

            Orange County Tourism

History links:

          124th Infantry Regiment, American Guard; Orange Blossoms     

          America's Lost Colleges    

           Appalachian National Scenic Trail

          Brick House Museum Hill-Hold Museum

          Brigade of the American Revolution 

          Bull Stone House, built in 1722, Campbell Hall 

          Captain David Crawford House, Newburgh, NY     

          Constitution Island Association   

          Cornwall Historical Society

          Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Minisink Chapter

          Drowned Lands Historical Society     

          Fort Decker Museum of History 

          Gillinder Glass

          Gomez Mill House

          Goshen Public Library and Historical Society

          Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

          Hathorn House    

          Historical Marker Database with many local entries.

          Huguenot Schoolhouse     

          Hudson River Valley Heritage website provides online access to historical materials from New York State's Hudson River Valley.

          Hudson River Valley Institute

          Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

          Incorporated Orange County Chapter Of The New York State Archeological Association

          International Council of Museums

          Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site     

          Lenni Lenape Historical Society.

          Cyndi's List - Maps, Gazetteers & Geographica...:

          Historic USGS Maps

          Maybrook Railway Museum          

          Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life:

          Middletown and New Jersey Railroad Historical Society     

          Minisink Valley Historical Society

          Monroe Historical Society

          Montgomery Village Museum     

          Motorcyclepedia Museum,  Newburgh, N.Y.

          Museum Village at Old Smith's Clove

         National Purple Heart Hall of Honor          

          New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

         New York State Archaeological Association

          New York State Historic Sites

          New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

          The Historical Society of  Newburgh Bay & the Highlands

          Neversink Valley Area Museum

          Pine Bush UFO and Paranormal Museum     

          Preservation League of New York State:

     Office of the Orange County Historian     

     Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society 

     Orange Clerk Historical Documents & Resources

     Orange County Farmers Museum     

          Orange County Firefighters Museum

          Orange County Historical Society

          Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

          Sands-Ring Homestead, Cornwall          

          Seward Mapes Homestead, Florida, NY 

          Sloatsburg Historical Society:

          Storm King Art Center     

          Trailside Museums And Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park

          Tuxedo Historical Society

          Jacob T. Walden House, Walden, NY

          The Warwick Historical Society     

          Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site 

          West Point Museum

          Warwick Valley History

          Woodbury Historical Society  

Historic Resources links:

          Gravestone Preservation & Restoration

          Greater Hudson Heritage Network

          The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)

          Online Historical Marker Database

          The Hudson Valley Heritage Digital Initiative:

          International Council of Museums

          The Library of Congress Research resourses

          Cyndi's List - Maps, Gazetteers & Geographica...:

          Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York:

          Library of Congress Maps:

          NYS Office for Historic Preservation:

          New York State and the Civil War

          Northeast Document Conservation Center, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810-1494

          How to Organize and Conduct Oral History Interviews

, a website dedicated to the preservation and protection of photos, documents, and valuable papers worldwide.

          The Textile Museum

Local Genealogical links:


          Goshen Public Library Obituary Finder

          Middletown Thrall Library Obituary Database:

          New York Genealogy:

          Orange County Genealogy Society, 101 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924

          Changes in Town Names in New York State:


Railroad links:

     ERIE LACKAWANNA Dining Car Preservation Society

          Lehigh and Hudson River Railway Scrapbook:

          L&HRR archive collection is now housed at the Sussex County NJ Historical Society

          Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society

          Existing Railroad Stations in New York State:

          Tri-States Railway Preservation Society

           Northeastern Region of National Model Railroad Association, Inc.

          Protecting your Model Cars - Trains - and Planes

Supplies links:     

     Archival Suppliers

           Gaylord Archival, PO Box 4901, Syracuse, NY 13221-4901

  Recycling and Reuse to Benefit the Non-Profit Sector in the Classroom and for the Office since 1994

Cyber links:

          Here is where you can file if your car was damaged by a pothole:

               NY state owned road/bridge.

               New York State Thruway Authority

               On a local road, contact the local municipality.

          The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home.

Other Chester Historical Societies:

Chester Historical Society,

Chester Historical Society, Massachusetts:

Chester Historical Society, New Hampshire:

Chester Historical Society, New Jersey:

Historical Society of the Town of Chester, Chestertown, Warren County, NY:

Chester County Historical Society, Pennsylvania:

Chester County, SC Historical Society Museum and Archives

Chester Historical Society, Vermont:

Chester City and District, Cheshire, England

Page Updated 2023-08-09 by Clifton Patrick, Town of Chester Historian

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