So begins the Postcard History Series: Wappinger, written by David Turner and published by Arcadia Publishing:
“The town of Wappinger has always been a place of opportunity. Its waterways were stocked with fish for the early natives, while its flat fertile land to the east proved perfect for farming. Early European settlers saw the deep waters of the Hudson River and the gentle slopes along its shore as an optimal place for docks to access the resource rich interior. The biggest opportunity for those early pioneer was the Wappingers Falls, a 75-foot waterfall that would power the town’s factories.”
This is a great book, whether you are interested in knowing more about the area of Wappinger which you live in, or if you’re just a history buff and have an interest in looking at old photos.
According to David Turner, “At the turn of the 20th century, New Hackensack was a quiet farming community. The hamlet boasted a store, a schoolhouse, a small Dutch church and a large hotel. During the 1930s, a small airfield was established in the flat land surrounding the hamlet to the west. Later named the Dutchess County Airport, it soon dominated the once rural landscape.”
The book breaks down each hamlet and gives a rich and thorough history. There are postcards of the firehouse, library, Sweet Orr Factory, railway express company and so much more.
David Turner has lived in the town of Wappinger his entire life. More than half of the 200 photographs in Wappinger are part of a personal postcard collection. Through the generous help of the Wappingers Historical Society, the Grinnell Library, and lifelong residents, Wappinger displays a vivid portrait of a bustling and ever-changing community.
For more information on Postcard History Series: Wappinger or to order a copy of the book, visit Arcadia Publishing’s website here.