Visit the Past...

Delaware County Historical Association

46549 State Hwy 10
Delhi, New York 13753

2018 Calendar for DCHA!

Home Calendar Book List Historic Buildings Library/Archives Directions
Education Past Exhibitions Support History Corner Links Board & Staff

Rain or Shine

Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24
Civil War Reenactment ~ The Delaware County New York, 144th Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Please join us in celebrating the return of the 144th New York State Volunteers as they form together to recognize the Battle of Honey Hill, 1st Manassas and Culp's Hill. Living History Exhibit, kids' drill, kids' spy camp, artillery demo, and Civil War Battlefield Reenactments. New this year: A replica of The H.L. Hunley Confederate Submarine! Check out the Civil War Reenactment brochure
Admission: Adults - $8; Military (retired or active) - $5; Children 12 and under FREE.
For more information, please call 607-746-3849 or e-mail
Visit the Delhi Civil War Event Facebook page
Like the 144th Volunteer Infantry Regiment on Facebook

Event Schedule:

Saturday, June 23
9:00am - Military Camps Open to Public
10:00am - Battlefield Narrative
10:30am - Battle of Honey Hill
11:00pm - Surgeon Demo from Wounded
12:00pm - Diary of Edward Hoyt readings
12:30pm - Kids' Drill
1:00pm - Blacksmith/farrier Demo
2:00pm - Battlefield Narrative
2:30pm - Battle of 1st Manassas "Bull Run"
5:00pm - Camps Closed to Public
Sunday, June 24
9:00am - Military Camps Open to Public
9:15am - Church Service (all welcome)
10:00am - Women in the Civil War Talk
10:30am - Artillery Demo
11:30pm - Kids' Drill
12:00pm - Cavalry Demo (weather permitting)
1:00pm - Diary of Edward Hoyt readings
1:30pm - Battlefield Narrative
2:00pm - Battle of Gettysburg "Culp's Hill"
3:00pm - Camps Closed to Public

This event is sponsored by the following businesses:

Community Bank

Allison Oil, Inc., Andes
Catskill Landscaping Corp, DeLancey
Curtis Lumber, Delhi
Delhi Historical Society
Fran's Fuel Service, Downsville
George H. Cochrane, Jr. Excavating, Delhi

Catskill Craftsmen, Inc., Stamford
D & D of Walton, Inc. - NAPA Auto Parts
Franklin Stage Company, Franklin
The Robert O. Mable Agency, Inc., Delhi

Delhi Liquor Store
Grateful Ink Tattooing, Stamford
Mondovi Dental, Delhi
Titan Drilling Corp

Brookside Hardware Ltd.
C & C Feeds, Walton
Delaware Bulldozing Corp., Bloomville
Early Owego Antique Center, Owego
Harry W. Hawley, Inc., Delhi
The Mattress Barn, Pine Hill
Tuna III Japanese Restaurant, Delhi
Vly Creek Maple Farm, Fleischmanns

When you shop at Amazon Smile , Amazon donates to DCHA.

Join DCHA on Facebook

Bob Wyer's Delaware County: Photographs From the Mid-20th Century

The Delaware County Historical Association was founded in 1945 to preserve and present the rich history of Delaware County. In the early 1960s, the Association purchased property, originally settled by Gideon Frisbee. Today, DCHA has over 600 members and presents the history and folklife of this county through the site's historic buildings, exhibits, programs and publications.

Explore the rich history of rural America at the Delaware County Historical Association. Visit the 1797 federal-style Frisbee House (pictured above, photo by Barbara Onasch) where eighteenth-century politicians met to form Delaware County. Located on the site of the historic Frisbee farm you can see the original barns, Frisbee family cemetery and outbuildings, as well as numerous nineteenth-century buildings from throughout the county that have been moved to the site, including: blacksmith shop, one-room school house, nineteenth-century gun shop, and turnpike tollgate house, a well as two exhibit galleries, research library and archives, gift/book shop, nature trail and much more.

Just down the road is the Christian Church at Fitch's Bridge (pictured below, photo by Barbara Onasch). DCHA's Church and spacious exhibit space are both available to rent for private functions. Please contact us at (607)746-3849 or for more details.

Special programs provide opportunities for entertainment and enrichment for young and old alike. The "Produce, Preserve and Play" school program fills the grounds with young people learning about history through hands-on activities. Concerts and plays can be seen at the Christian Church at Fitch's Bridge, opened to the public in the Summer of 2001. Numerous workshops are held on site throughout the year. See our Calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

Our mission
DCHA is a private, non-profit organization that collects, preserves and presents the history and traditions of Delaware County and the surrounding region. DCHA serves a variety of audiences through the restoration of historic structures; the collection, care and exhibition of historic objects and archival materials; the documentation of living traditions, folk arts, social history and vernacular architecture; and the production of exhibits, publications and programs.

UPDATE: June 13, 2018 the following has been updated Library/Archives and Calendar

Hours and Admission
H. Fletcher Davidson Library Archives:

Tuesday & Wednesday, 10am to 3pm, year round.
A $5.00 donation is requested from non-Delaware County residents to help maintain library services.

Summer Hours
Historic Buildings, Exhibit Galleries and Gift/Book Shop:

Tuesday - Sunday, 11am to 4pm from Memorial Day Weekend thru Columbus Day Weekend.
Adults: $4.00; Children: $1.50; DCHA Members Free

Winter Hours
Office, Exhibit Galleries and Gift/Book Shop:

Monday - Friday, 10am to 3pm

DCHA is located on State Hyw 10, 2 1/2 miles northeast of Delhi.
Our address is 46549 State Highway 10, Delhi, NY 13753.
For more information call (607) 746-3849 or e-mail us at:


By Tim Duerden

Delaware County's history has been shaped to a large degree by its geography and the perseverance of the people who have settled and stewarded the county's upland terrain. Many early settlers farmed the rocky hillsides and narrow valley bottoms, others sought the raw materials in the forests.

Before the mid-eighteenth century Mohawk tribes of the Iroquois Confederation called the region around the two branches of the Delaware River home. Beginning in the 1740's, however, Europeans began to move into the area from the east and northeast, traveling overland through the Catskill Mountains, or utilizing the region's many waterways. For the most part, these new arrivals constructed rude log cabins in clearings hewn into the forests and occupied themselves with hunting and trapping.



By Tim Duerden

The centerpiece of the museum is the 1797 Gideon Frisbee House. The following is an overview of the house and certain of its inhabitants:

Gideon Frisbee (b. 1758 - d. 1828) settled in what was to become Delaware County around the year 1788.

Typical of early pioneers to the region, he came to the Delaware River valley from Connecticut (Branford), via New Canaan, (Columbia County) NY. Gideon was the first son of Philip Frisbie, a fifth generation descendant of Congregationalist Puritans who settled in the New World during the early seventeenth century. Gideon, his parents and siblings, moved from Connecticut to New Canaan in the mid-1760.


Home Calendar Book List Historic Buildings Library/Archives Directions
Education Past Exhibitions Support History Corner Links Board & Staff

Space for this site donated by Catskill On-Line

::: Made with CoffeeCup : Web Design Software & Website Hosting :::