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Hudson River Valley Heritage

About this collection

The Town of Washington Village of Millbrook Historical Society’s mission is to discover, collect and preserve material to help establish and / or illustrate the history of the Town of Washington, Village of Millbrook.   The society disseminates historical information to promote interest and pride in our history including its exploration, settlement, development and community activities.


Browse the Sidney Smith Benham Photographic Collection: In the 1890’s, Sidney Smith Benham (1870-1944) acquired his first camera and began recording family visits, friends, scenic views and curiosities on Tower Hill, east of Millbrook.  Between 1909 and 1921, Benham carried his camera while performing his duties as Town of Washington Assessor.  The Benham Collection displays the photographer’s understanding of 19th century life in Dutchess County.  Houses and interiors are a prominent portion of his collection, partly due to family ownership and partly due to his town of Washington assessor’s job.

 
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