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Pick of the Month– Elizabeth Chanler (Mrs. John Jay) Chapman, seated left, making preserves with friends at Edgewater in Barrytown, presumably to send to soldiers in France during WW I, 1917. Rokeby Collection. 

Visit the Archives Room for published materials (histories, biographies, genealogies, newspapers, pamphlets, postcards, maps, etc.) as well as photographs, correspondence, diaries, journals, financial records, field books, minutes, scrapbooks, research materials, subject files and genealogical files, all related to the history of Red Hook.

Major Collections

Frank Teal

Frank L. Teal Papers - Surveys, field notes, maps and deeds by Red Hook's Frank Teal (1867-1949), surveyor, historian, mathematician - and (unsolved to this day!) murder victim.

Timothy Meadow - 1920

William S. Teator Collection - Almost 300 images from glass negatives of scenes, people, family groups, and buildings in and about Upper Red Hook taken by William Seward (Will) Teator (1860-1930), between 1890 and 1910. Teator was a self-taught conchologist, accomplished artist, farmer and blue ribbon apple grower. For selected images, visit

Image of art class in a Red Hook school circa 1899

Harriet Martin Dey Collection - Evocative images from 1899-90 by Harriet Martin, a member of one of Red Hook’s oldest families. Art class in a Red Hook School, circa 1899.

1815 Map of Red Hook as a town after separation from Rhinebeck

Red Hook Map Collection - Originals and reproductions of some of Red Hook’s oldest maps, including this 1815 view of Red Hook as a town after separation from Rhinebeck.

Red Hook Postcard Collection – The streetscapes, storefronts, public buildings, churches and homes of Red Hook’s yesteryear. For selected images, visit

Red Hook Newspaper Collection – More than a century of local history, from the first Red Hook Weekly Journal, in 1859, through the Red Hook Advertiser of 1966. Collection includes an almost complete run of the quirky but incomparable Barrytown Explorer (1958-1982). The earliest papers (1859-1918) can be searched online at Search FultonHistory.

Collections Policy - Historic Red Hook collects items with strong association to residences, businesses and other organizations active within the Town of Red Hook. Preference is given to archival material pertaining to the history and development of the Town and the social and economic activities of its residents. Due to limited storage space, three-dimensional objects are rarely accessioned. Historic Red Hook’s complete Collections Policy is available upon request.

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