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Delaware County Historical Association

46549 State Hwy 10
Delhi, New York 13753
(607) 746-3849
dcha@delhi.net

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DCHA Operations for COVID-19


DCHA has created some protocols and processes to help ensure the safety of our visitors. It is important that you read through this information in its entirety before your visit. We are working hard to protect you and our staff, but we need you to do your part too. Thank you!

Please do not visit DCHA if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or COVID symptoms. Consider canceling your visit if you feel unwell.

Inside our exhibit galleries, gift shop and library, face masks or coverings are required at all times. Visitors who are not part of the same household should stay socially distanced at all times. The number of visitors at any one time may be limited.

Exhibits and giftshop - For those not wishing to physically enter the gift shop, curbside pick-up is available. Check out our Book List. The office, exhibit and gift shop are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Please, always wear a mask!

Research library - Our research library is open by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm. Researchers are required to contact us before their planned trip here. You may call 607-746-3849, or email dcha@delhi.net to let us know of your plans. We ask that if you are not feeling well, you cancel your visit. Please, always wear a mask! Click here for further information on rules concerning use of the library/archives at this time.

DCHA will reserve the right to deny access to the museum, gift shop and library if there is any cause for concern for the safety and well-being of our staff and visitors. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. Call 607-746-3849, or email dcha@delhi.net





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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 dcha@delhi.net 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 16, 2021 the following has been updated Book List




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.
Until further notice, the DCHA Library is open BY APPOINTMENT only during regular library hours. Please call 607-746-3849 or e-mail at dcha@delhi.net to make your appointment. Only one researcher at a time will be allowed and masks must be worn for the duration of the research visit by researchers and library staff. Click here for further information on rules concerning use of the library/archives at this time.

Winter Hours
Office, Exhibit Galleries and Gift/Book Shop:
Monday - Friday, 10am to 3pm

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

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am to 4pm from Memorial Day Weekend thru Columbus Day Weekend.
Adults: $5.00; Children: $1.50; DCHA Members Free


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: dcha@delhi.net




A BRIEF HISTORY OF DELAWARE COUNTY

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.

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FRISBEE HOUSE HISTORY

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.

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