Town of Hyde Park

Historical Society

The Hyde Park Historical Society Sign



New Arrival Local History Books For Sale
We also have two new publications:

#1 "Hudson River State Hospital" by Joseph Galante, Lynn Rightmyer, and the Hudson River State Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, published in 2018, is available for $23.99 each + $5.00 shipping, or you can pick it up at our Museum or call 845-229-2559. It has 127 pages of photos of the 208 acre parcel in 1871 with seven patients to 752 acres with five dozen separate buildings containing nearly 6,000 patients by 1954. The property closed on January 25, 2001, with inpatients sent to other facilities. This was also a training hospital for nurses, and it employed many local residents that may like a copy of this book.

#2 "Hyde Park in the Gilded Age" by Carney Rhinevault and Shannon Butler, published in 2019, that sells for $21.99 each plus $5.00 shipping. This book shows the estates of wealthy families -- the Vanderbilts, Rogerses, Roosevelts, Dinsmores and Millses built homes to match their place in society. Other images show the families who worked as coachmen, gardeners, and parlor maids, etc. to make the lifestyles of the rich possible, plus lots of other information on Hyde Park that your family and friends may like to have. "Hyde Park in the Gilded Age" by Carney Rhinevault & Shannon Butler Soft Cover, 127 Pages of Photos and Decriptions Price: $21.99.

Make out checks to: Town of Hyde Park Historical Society.

Also, can be picked up, or mailed for additional $5.00. Questions or Orders: call 845-229-2559


We have publications available for purchase, and they are also available at our Museum which is open on Saturdays from 10-2 and Sundays from 1-4 from June through the end of October at 4389 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Or you may order them by mail.



BOOK by Gail Lennox

The subject book by Gail Lennox, has just been published as a second addition in 2016, with a few changes, and is being sold by the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society. Mrs. Vanderbilt was actually ten years younger that was thought for many years. She would be glad to know we finally got that right!!

This is a softcover book, 8.5" x 11", 91 pages with many photos, and is available for $22. You may pick up the book by calling 845-229-2559 or add $7.00 for postage/handling.

Please send your check to the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society, P. O. Box 182, Hyde Park, NY. 12538-0182.
This is a nice piece of local history that tells the life of Mrs. Louise Vanderbilt, her generosity and interests, as well as about her husband Frederick, and the history of the mansion and property in Hyde Park, NY.

It would also make a nice gift.

It will also be available at our HPHS meetings.

Patsy N. Costello, President Town of Hyde Park Historical Society
P. O. Box 182
Hyde Park, NY 12538-0182

(845) 229-2559 Email:


TO: The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Members & Friends
We now have one publication available for purchase that was written by Mr. Carleton Mabee, who just passed away on December 18th. He would have been 100 years old on December 25th.

One of his books that we are currently offering for sale is: "Bridging the Hudson -- The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge and Its Connecting Rail Lines," which has a glossy soft cover and is 8.5" x 11", 296 pages with many photographs, and sells for $24.00. It was published in 2001 and tells the story of the men who built the bridge and its related lines, and ran trains over them. It tells how maintenance men cared for the bridge, rowers raced under it, hoboes camped under its approaches. It also explains why the number of trains crossing the bridge gradually declined, and how after a fire, the bridge was abandoned. This abandoned bridge became the "Walkway Over the Hudson."

Please fill in the form below to send along with your check.

These will make nice gifts.

I would like to purchase _____ copies of the "Bridging the Hudson" book @ $24.00.

If you would like to pick up the book in Hyde Park, NY, call 845-229-2559.
For mail orders, please add $8.00 for one book.

Enclosed is my check made out to the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society for $______.
Please mail to the Town of HPHS, P. O. Box 182, Hyde Park, NY 12538-0182.
Name: ________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________
Email: ________________________________________________________
Telephone: ________________________________
There is a limited supply...and our historical society will benefit from the sale.
For questions email: or call 845-229-2559



"History of Hyde Park-on-Hudson"

by Carney Rhinevault and illustrated by Tatiana Rhinevault, Updated to 2014, Softcover with 226 pages, The Roosevelt Press; $22 each + $5 postage to mail. Copies can also be picked up in Hyde Park by calling 845-229-2559.