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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:  chester_historical@mac.com

Accouncements and events are posted on:

Local links - Chester, Village of:


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

          Mary T. Altobelli Artist/Painter    www.altobelly.com

          Bodles Opera House Closed 2009

          The Castle Fun Center   thecastlefuncenter.com

          Chester Agricultural Center     www.chesteragcenter.com

          Chester Alumni Association    www.chsnyalumni.com

          Chester Cemetery Association, PO Box 323 Chester,NY 10918

          Chester Fire Department     http://www.chesterfiredepartment.com/index.html     

          Chester, Village of, web site    http://villageofchesterny.com/

          Crock & Jar,  Food Preservationist      www.crockandjar.com

          The Green Onion, Market-Events-Education hudsonvalleygreenonion.com  

          Let Floral Cottage be your first choice for flowers.     Closed 2011

          Scott V. Foley Realtors   www.scottfoleyrealtors.com

          Greenwald Law Offices   www.greenwaldlaw.com

          Hambletonian House Bed & Breakfast    www.hambletonian-house.com

          Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chester    www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hd/hpnes

          Kiwanis Club of Chester    chesterkiwanisclub.com

          Knoll Crest Apartments    http://www.knollcrestapts.com

          Mac Media USA   www.macmedia.com

          Northeast Farm Access, Chester Agricultural Center   nefarmaccess.com/selected-project-profiles/chester-agricultural-center

          Rise & Root Farm     www.riseandrootfarm.com

          Rushing Duck Brewing Company      www.rushingduck.com

          Rustic Wheelhouse, 39 Main Street, Chester, NY 10918     rusticwheelhouse.com

     Shoprite of Chester Plaza         www.shoprite.com

          Village of Chester, 47 Main Street, Chester New York 10918    www.villageofchesterny.com

          Village of Chester Community Association,      cfosny.org/our-funds/fiscal-sponsorships/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.    www.artisandiscovery.org

          Bertoni Gallery      is located in the lovely village of Sugar Loaf, NY, Orange County's original arts & crafts hamlet.   www.bertonigallery.com

          Fabco Power    www.fabcopower.com

          William J. Jenack Estate Appraisers & Auctioneers   www.jenack.com

          The Lycian Centre (Kings Theatre Company)    www.LycianCentre.com

          The Preservation Collective - Orange County, New York:    http://www.thepreservationcollective.org/

          G. Schirmer, Inc.    www.schirmer.com

          Sugar Loaf Chamber of Commerce    Orange County's original Art & Craft Hamlet   www.sugarloafnychamber.com

         Sugar Loaf Guild : journeymen full time working artists and artisans     www.sugarloafguild.org

          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: www.sugarloafguild.org/Sugar_Loaf_Historical_Museum.aspx?frm=mVrt

Local links - Chester, Town of:

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

          Chester Public Library:    chesterpubliclibrary.org

          Chester Schools:    www.ChesterUFSD.org

          Chester, Town of, Web Site   www.chester-ny.gov

          Dirty Boots Farm     www.dirtybootsfarm.com

          The Dominion House Bed & Breakfast   www.thedominionhouse.com

          Educational Music Service is the leading supplier of purchasable, printed music   www.emsmusic.com     

          HomePCTechnician.    www.homepctechnician.com

          Peace and Carrots Farm     www.peaceandcarrotsfarm.com      

            Pine Hill Farm     www.pinehillfarmvegetables.com

           Preserve Chester     www.preservechester.info       Preserving our Rural Character and Stopping Voter Apathy

          The Rock Sports Park     www.therocksportspark.com

          Roe Orchards tinyurl.com/zkf4ak6

          Silver Stream Winery        Closed 2010     www.SilverStreamWinery.com

          Sun Sprout Farm     www.sunsproutfarm.com

           Tele Vue Optics, Inc.            www.televue.com

Local worship:

          Bruderhof Communities is an intentional Christian community. Belvale Road, Chester, NY 10918    www.bruderhof.com/en/where-we-are/united-states/bellvale  

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

          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.    www.craigvillebiblechurch.org

          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.    www.chespresny.com

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

          New Life Worship Center Inc., http://new-life-worship-center.org Moved 2009

          Saint Columba Roman Catholic Church, 27 High Street, Chester, 10918, (845)469-2108   parishesonline.com/scripts/hostedsites/org.asp?p=5&ID=10188

          St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 101 Main St., Sun. service, 9 a.m. Church school at 9 a.m., coffee hour follows. The Holy Eucharist and healing prayer, 7 p.m. Wed. Call the Rev. Wayne Nicholson, 469-2616.    www.stpaulschester.org

Local news media:

          cable6tv   www.cable6tv.com

          The Chronicle newspaper    http://chroniclenewspaper.com

          The Florida Onion newspaper http://warwickinfo.net/floridaonion/

          Independent Republican, 132 W Main St, Goshen, NY 10924

          Newsday Hudson Valley News  newyork.newsday.com/hudson/

          Orange County Post, 17 Goshen Ave, Washingtonville, NY 10992    www.ocpostsentinel.com

          The Times Herald Record newspaper  www.recordonline.com

          WTBQ,  Independent Radio Station Serving All of Orange County and Northern New Jersey    www.wtbq.com

Regional links:

          Delaware-hudson Land Surveyors Association, Inc.   www.dhlsa.org

          EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program:       www.epa.gov/region7/toxics/index.htm

          New York State:   www.ny.gov

          Earthquake Information for New York     neic.usgs.gov/neis/states/new_york

          Hambletonian Marathon & Good Time Trotters Relay: www.hambletonianmarathon.com

          Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations: http://midhudsonhistoricdestinations.com

            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? muckville.com

           Orange County Government:    www.co.orange.ny.us

          Orange County Land Trust:      www.oclt.org

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

            Orange County Tourism    www.orangetourism.org

          Orange County Water Authority N.Y.:    http://waterauthority.orangecountygov.com

History links:

          124th Infantry Regiment, American Guard; Orange Blossoms     www.124thnysv.com/     

          America's Lost Colleges  www.lostcolleges.com    

           Appalachian National Scenic Trail    www.nps.gov/appa/

          Bellvale, New York:   www.bellvale.net

          Brick House Museum Hill-Hold Museum          www.hillholdandbrickhouse.org/

          Brigade of the American Revolution           www.brigade.org/

          Bull Stone House, built in 1722, Campbell Hall           www.bullstonehouse.org

          1906 History of the Canal System of the State of New York   www.history.rochester.edu/canal/bib/whitford/old1906/

          Captain David Crawford House, Newburgh, NY               www.newburghhistoricalsociety.com/history/captain-david-crawford-house/

          Colorado Digitization Program   www.cdpheritage.org/

          Constitution Island Association             www.constitutionisland.org

          Cornwall Historical Society          www.cornwallhistoricalsocietymuseumny.com/

          Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Minisink Chapter          quassaick-nsdar.com/

          Drowned Lands Historical Society     dlhs.wordpress.com/     

              Earthquake History of New York:    neic.usgs.gov/neis/states/ new_york/new_york_history.html

          Fort Decker Museum of History           minisink.org/forthist.html

          Gillinder Glass Museum & Store   www.gillinderglassstore.com/Gillinder.htm

          Gomez Mill House   www.gomez.org

          Goshen Public Library and Historical Society    www.rcls.org/gplhs

          Harness Racing Museum &  Hall of Fame    http://www.harnessmuseum.com/

          Hathorn House           hathornhouse.wordpress.com/

          Heritage Health Index    www.heritagehealthindex.org

          Heritage New York Program:    http://www.heritageny.state.ny.us/

          Town of  Highlands Historical Society    www.highlandshistory.org

          Historical Marker Database with many local entries.  www.hmdb.org

          Huguenot Schoolhouse               www.1863schoolhouse.org/

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

          Hudson River Valley Institute   www.hudsonrivervalley.net

          Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area   www.hudsonrivervalley.com

          Incorporated Orange County Chapter Of The New York State Archeological Association   ioccnysaa.blogspot.com

          International Council of Museums  icom.museum

          Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site               https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/5/details.aspx

          Lenni Lenape Historical Society.   www.lenape.org

          Cyndi's List - Maps, Gazetteers & Geographica...:   http://www.CyndisList.com/maps.htm

          Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York:   http://docs.unh.edu/nhtopos/nhtopos.htm

          Maybrook Railway Museum      www.villageofmaybrook.com/railroad-museum/          

          Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life:   http://www.meadowcroftmuseum.org/

          Middletown and New Jersey Railroad Historical Society          mnjrhs.org     

          Minisink Valley Historical Society   www.minisink.org

          Monroe Historical Society    www.monroehistoryny.org

          Montgomery Village Museum               www.villageofmontgomery.org/village-history/village-museum.html

          Motorcyclepedia Museum,  Newburgh, N.Y.          motorcyclepediamuseum.org

          Museum Village at Old Smith's Clove   www.museumvillage.org

         National Purple Heart Hall of Honor      www.thepurpleheart.com          

          New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site          https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/22/details.aspx

         New York State Archaeological Association    https://nysarchaeology.org/nysaa/

          New York State Historic Sites    nysparks.state.ny.us/hist

          New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center    dmna.state.ny.us/historic/mil-hist.htm

          The Historical Society of  Newburgh Bay & the Highlands   http://www.newburghhistoricalsociety.com/

          Neversink Valley Area Museum   www.neversinkmuseum.org

          Pine Bush UFO and Paranormal Museum          pinebushmuseum.com/     

          Preservation League of New York State:   www.preservenys.org/

     Office of the Orange County Historian          www.orangecountygov.com/1045/Historian     

     Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society           www.nyow.org/          Orange County Historian     https://www.orangecountygov.com/1045/Historian

     Orange County Farmer's Museum         ocfarmersmuseum.org     

          Orange County Firefighters Museum    ocfm.us

          Orange County Historical Society    http://orangecountyhistoricalsociety.org

          Rest Haven, Historical Legacy of Helen Keller, Monroe, NY          www.helenkellermonroeny.com/     

          Rockefeller Archives    https://rockarch.org/

          Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum   https://www.fdrlibrary.org/

          Sands-Ring Homestead, Cornwall          www.cornwallny.com/     Under "About Cornwall" menu.          

          Seward Mapes Homestead, Florida, NY           www.sewardhomestead.org/

          Sloatsburg Historical Society:    www.sloatsburgny.com/History.htm

          Storm King Art Center          stormking.org     

          Trailside Museums And Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park          https://parks.ny.gov/environment/nature-centers/20/details.aspx

          Tuxedo Historical Society        www.tuxedohistoricalsociety.org

          Jacob T. Walden House, Walden, NY          www.thewaldenhouse.org/

          The Warwick Historical Society               www.whsny.org/

          Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site           https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/17/details.aspx

          West Point Museum   https://history.army.mil/museums/IMCOM/westPoint/index.html

          Warwick Valley History    www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/Factsandhistory/History/Main.htm

          Woodbury Historical Society  

Historic Resources links:

          Gravestone Preservation & Restoration     www.gravestonepreservation.info

          Greater Hudson Heritage Network     http://www.greaterhudson.org/

          The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)       https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/

          Online Historical Marker Database    www.hmdb.org

          The Hudson Valley Heritage Digital Initiative:   https://www.hrvh.org/

          International Council of Museums  icom.museum

          The Library of Congress Research resourses   www.loc.gov/rr

          Cyndi's List - Maps, Gazetteers & Geographica...:   http://www.CyndisList.com/maps.htm

          Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York:   http://docs.unh.edu/nhtopos/nhtopos.htm

          Library of Congress Maps:    https://www.loc.gov/maps/index/location/

          NYS Office for Historic Preservation:    www.nysparks.state.ny.us/shpo/

          New York State and the Civil War    http://localhistory.morrisville.edu/sites/

          Northeast Document Conservation Center, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810-1494    www.nedcc.org

          Obsolete place names in NY:    www.rootsweb.com/~nygenweb/places/names.htm

          How to Organize and Conduct Oral History Interviews  https://www.oralhistory.org/web-guides-to-doing-oral-history/

          Scrapbook.com, a website dedicated to the preservation and protection of photos, documents, and valuable papers worldwide. www.scrapbook.com/articles/preservation-of-photos-documents-papers

          The Textile Museum   www.textilemuseum.org

Local Genealogical links:

                 Find-a-Grave:    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs&

          Goshen Public Library Obituary Finder          http://root.evanced.info/goshen/obit/obitview.asp

          Middletown Thrall Library Obituary Database:    http://thrall.org/obitdb/search.htm

          New York Genealogy:    http://www.accessgenealogy.com/newyork/index.htm

          Orange County Genealogy Society, 101 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924      ocgsny.org

          Changes in Town Names in New York State:    http://www.rootsweb.com/~nygenweb/places/names.htm

Railroad links:

     ERIE LACKAWANNA Dining Car Preservation Society       www.eldcps.org

          Lehigh and Hudson River Railway Scrapbook:    http://lhr.railfan.net/

          Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society   www.nyow.org

          Existing Railroad Stations in New York State:   ny.existingstations.com/

          Tri-States Railway Preservation Society   minisink.org/tsrps.htm

           Northeastern Region of National Model Railroad Association, Inc.       www.nmra.org/regions/northeastern-region

          Protecting your Model Cars - Trains - and Planes     www.carcovers.com/resources/protect-your-model-cars-trains-planes.html

Supplies links:          Archival Suppliers   www.archivalsuppliers.com

           Gaylord Archival, PO Box 4901, Syracuse, NY 13221-4901     www.gaylord.com

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

Cyber links:

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

               NY state owned road/bridge. www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/legal-services-division/smallclaims

               New York State Thruway Authority      on.ny.gov/1wm5uTH

               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.    www.donotcall.gov

Other Chester Historical Societies:

Chester Historical Society, Connecticut:www.chesterhistoricalsociety.org

Chester Historical Society, Massachusetts:     www.chestermass.com

Chester Historical Society, New Hampshire:     chesternhhistorical.org

Chester Historical Society, New Jersey: historicchesternj.com/

Historical Society of the Town of Chester, Chestertown, Warren County, NY:  www.townofchesterny.org/historical-society.html

Chester County Historical Society, Pennsylvania: www.chestercohistorical.org

Chester County, SC Historical Society Museum and Archives      www.oldeenglishdistrict.com/points-of-interest/chester-county-historical-society-museum-and-archives

Chester Historical Society, Vermont:     chesterhistory.org

Chester City and District, Cheshire, England   www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/home.aspx

Page Updated 2019-04-21 by Clifton Patrick, Town of Chester Historian

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