Office of the Town Historian
A Message from your Town Historian
One of the missions of this office has been to promote some of our town’s most interesting pieces of our past, stories that had either been lost or forgotten about until recently. Since first being appointed to the Office of the Town Historian at 12 years old, I have been fortunate enough to engage various aspects of the community in our rich history.
As a community advocate, I serve on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations and participate in many community events that help build our sense of pride here in Wappinger. Hosting exhibits at Wappinger Town Hall, redesigning the Sports Museum of Dutchess County, leading rehabilitation projects at Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park, replacing dilapidated hamlet/neighborhood signs and adding new gateway signs at the entrances to the Town; all are projects this office has been accomplishing and continuing to focus on. My goal is to inspire a different attitude and new community pride that will enable us better to brand our community and be friendlier to those who live, work, or visit Wappinger. I encourage you to also visit our Town History and Historic Sites pages my office has complied to better discover the history of our great community.
My goal serving you as your Town Historian is to uncover our lost past to advance our Town and to have our residents to be proud to live in the Town of Wappinger.
Joey Cavaccini—Wappinger Town Historian
Wappinger, before its incorporation 1875, has a long history steeped in heroism, innovation, and prosperity; which has allowed our town to grow. A central location, just 70 miles north of New York City, and boasting a Hudson River coast, contributed to the town’s significant agricultural and industrial past. Wappinger takes its name from the Wappinger or Wappani Native Americans who lived along the east side of the Hudson.
Joseph D. Cavaccini, Wappinger Town Historian
Wappinger Town Hall
20 Middlebush Road
Wappingers Falls NY, 12590
(845) 297-4158 Ext. 107
Fax: (845) 297-8451
Monday – Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm