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Who We Are

Founded in February, 1942 by a group of local residents led by Judge Earnest Spear, the Woodstock Historical Society incorporated in November, 1943, adopting its first official statement of purpose and by-laws. In that same year, the organization acquired a superb Federal house, up-for-sale, to serve as the organization's museum building.  Built in 1807 by Charles Dana, a prosperous local dry goods merchant, the fine Federal style house on Elm Street had remained in the Dana family since its creation. Located in the center of town, the structure offered an excellent choice for a museum building and was in prime condition. Accordingly, the Society purchased the property from the Dana Family.

Today, the Woodstock History Center consists of the 1807 Dana House, the John Cotton Dana Research Library and Archives, the George Goodrow Memorial Photographic Archives, the Canaday Gallery, and the gardens and grounds.

We strive to preserve the history and artifacts of the Woodstock area, engage in local history education,  serve as a resource center for historical research, and create signature programs and events.

Photo of The Elm Tree Press and the Dana House.

Photo of The Elm Tree Press and the Dana House.

2016 Old Time Fair. Rat Race.

2016 Old Time Fair. Rat Race.