We want to create a topic area for long view of our county's work habits. Agriculture has always dominated, and we profile here the role of apples from the perspective of the Hart Hubbard Collection and Family. To start. We will be building out other stories over time. Please let us know if there is a story you feel should be told!

The Central But Changing Role of Apples

2018 ~ E. Stuart and Linda Hubbard
Linda Hubbard (right) with Denise Doring Van Buren.

One of the most recent and most extensive DCHS collections is the Hart Hubbard Farm Records Collection, a gift of  Linda and E. Stuart Hubbard III (top photo).

Above: Linda Hubbard accepts DCHS 2018 "Dutchess" Award from Denise Doring Van Buren in November.

Given the fundamental economic and social impact of agricultural in general, and apple-growing in particular in our county this collection allows a view into a century of change expressed through one family.

Benjamin Hall Hart
William Hall Hart

1934 Family Profile in the Rural New Yorker

Courtesy Town of Milan  Historical Archives, Burton Coon Collection

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1941 Childrens' Poster Contest

Apple Contest Posters

Other Collections & Towns on the Topic


Julian Strauss, with input and comments from other locals, looks at the farm and family of Amenia farmer Edward Dean, in part through a daily diary. While farming a range of items, apples are covered in some detail, in text and photos.  Through Amenia Historical Society.

Red Hook

Red Hook Apples Online Exhibition and Toolset

Historic Red Hook partners with Bard College Professor Gretta Tritch Roman on a highly-innovative digital "exhibition."  According to Tritch Roman and HRH President Claudine Klose, having students, many of whom are not originally from the area, go out into the community to meet families who have been located in Red Hook for generations and centuries, was a very rewarding experience for all involved.

In the 18th century every farmer would have had some sort of relatively small apple orchard as their farm produce was used primarily for their own consumption. Technology and especially transportation changes like the canal and train, created a more market-based, commercial opportunity for apple growing.