Gilboa Historical Society

Gilboa Historical Society meets 7:00 pm at the Gilboa Town Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, March through December. We have a program and speaker at every meeting except for July (an ice cream social with live music held at the museum) and August (a field trip car-pooled from the Town Hall to a selected area attraction). The Town Hall is located at 373 State Route 990V, Gilboa, NY 12076 (across from the DEP Station, and northwest of the reservoir overlook by a half-mile. The mailing address is at P.O. Box 187, and you can contact the society at 607 588-7050.

Gilboa Historical Society Museum ( has continuing exhibits on the Gilboa Fossils, the loss of the village, construction of the northernmost reservoir of New York City, and the history of our agricultural community in the northern Catskills. The museum is at 122 Stryker Road, Gilboa, NY 12076 and is open noon–4:30 Saturdays and Sundays from July through Labor Day; and on Columbus Day weekend. We are also anxious to host private tours for individuals and groups. Please plan to bring your students, club members, or family members by arranging a special tour. Email or call 607 588-9413 for an appointment.

YouTube videos about the Gilboa Fossils OnlineVideos

Explore the History of Gilboa  with our Tourism Map. It can lead you to our battle sites, biking trails, campgrounds, cemeteries, churches, and cross country and hiking trails. It also shows the location of our fire tower, fishing areas, places to ride a horse or have a picnic. Speaking of food, we have a world-class burger restaurant, and last—but not least—the Gilboa Museum and the reservoir. If you want to print the map, use tabloid (11 x 18″) paper or pick up a copy at the museum or Town Hall.

Pictures of the Village of Old Gilboa:  Historian Richard Lewis has 8 x 10 pictures of  original buildings in the village—we have archived high resolution copies, and thumbnails  are online ( Click on any thumbnail to see a larger, medium resolution .jpeg. Please use the back arrow of your browser to navigate.

Movie: A Fox News Movie from September 17, 1925, showing the center of Gilboa, New York before the reservoir for New York City. It includes bird’s-eye shots of the main street stores and houses in the town; views of the construction of the dam; men cutting stones for the dam out of a quarry; stonemasons shaping the stones; workers placing stones in the dam; additional scenes of the town; children running down the street; and the mouth and falls of the Manorkill River. Credits: Fox News (Production unit). Painter (Camera operator). Donor Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. Copyright © University of South Carolina. All rights reserved.

The Gilboa Monitor was a newspaper published on Thursdays from December 19, 1878 to October 10, 1918. Lee Hudson has had our collection of these publications digitized—to date, she has located about 2/3rds of the issues and we are now getting them on line (we’re up to the middle of 1880 and plan to have these issues all on line by the start of December).

  • Click here to read specific issues of the newspaper or read them in chronological order. They are arranged in annual folders, with each PDF file having a complete 4-page paper. This is a work-in-progress, so bookmark the site—we currently have 3 early years and the 2 last years on line, and are adding more as we collate them.
  • To search only the Gilboa Monitors, go to Fulton History’s index pages (this link will take you to page 7, and scroll down toward to “Gilboa Monitor).
  • You can make broader searches where Gilboa Monitors are integrated with millions of other newspapers at either or
  • These three sites and the New York State Library should all have the same publications—we are working cooperatively, but we are all on slightly different schedules.

GHS Audio Files of interviews and presentations (such as the update on the D.E.P. reconstruction at the Gilboa Dam by John Vickers) are available online at (

Gilboa Historical Society Quarterly was published in the spring, summer, fall, and winter from 2007 through the summer of 2017. The archives below make all of them accessible for reading online or downloading and archiving at home. This is a free service of the GHS.

Upon termination of the Quarterlies, the society publishes a newsletter of current activities that are also available at this site.