Gilboa Historical Society

Gilboa Historical Society
The society meets at 7:00 pm at the Gilboa Town Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, March through December. The Town Hall is located at 373 State Route 990V, Gilboa, NY 12076 (across from the DEP station). We have a program and speaker at every meeting except for July (an ice cream social with live music at the museum) and August (a field trip car-pooled from the Town Hall to a selected area attraction).

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 52, Gilboa, NY 12076, and you can also contact the society at 607 588-7050.

Facilities of the Gilboa Historical Society

The Nicholas J. Juried History Center and Gilboa Museum are 2 parts of a dynamic learning center at 122 Stryker Road, Gilboa, NY 12076.
Note: Thanks to Hurricane Irene, Stryker Road no longer goes through from Route 30 to State Route 990V. You should navigate to Route 990V and pick up Stryker Road just to the east of the Schoharie River bridge.
The campus is open noon–4:30 Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day and Columbus Day weekend. We also host private tours for individuals, students, and groups. Email kristen.wyckoff@yahoo.com or call 607 588-9413 for these personal tours.

The Dorothy Cox Juried Pavilion is on our campus, the site for two annual celebrations (GilboaFest, and our Psychic Fair), and is also available for public use.

About the Gilboa Area
Historically, Gilboa and Conesville have three major attractions that are highlighted in both permanent and rotating museum displays.

  1. Gilboa Forest (http://www.gilboafossils.org/) was the first land-based complex ecosystem 385-million years ago on Earth’s only continent, Pangaea. The first exploration of this petrified forest was made in the 1920s by Winifred Goldring, and since that time, scientists have found Gilboa Fossils throughout the world in Venezuela, Ireland, and Eastern Europe. The Gilboa Museum has a permanent exhibit on Gilboa Fossils, and rotating exhibits on the evolution of scientific theory, new discoveries about these ancient relics, and fossil games for children.
  2. New York City’s Schoharie Reservoir: In 1916, the Gilboa valley became the projected sight for the northern-most reservoir in the New York City water supply. This resource is one of the smallest NYC reservoirs west-of-the-Hudson, and yet is fed by one of its largest watersheds. This combination of  early public works, environmental importance to the city, and having a compact area makes it ideal for historical and educational research.
  3. The Village of Old Gilboa: The center of Gilboa in 1916 was a large hamlet of several hundred homes, a large business and industrial center, and adjacent to 4 square miles of rich Schoharie valley farmland. Within a decade, this cultural center had been documented, photographed, and culturally archived before it was razed and the valley filled with water. Just as Vesuvius transformed Pompeii into a study of ancient life, Gilboa is locked in time, providing insights to turn-of-the-century life in rural America.