We are excited to announce the opening of the Juried History Center at the Gilboa Museum. With a generous grant from Nicholas Juried we were able to double our exhibition space at the Museum. This history center will enable us to preserve and present the amazing history of the region for generations to come and vividly bring to life the stories of people that have settled and lived their lives in this beautiful region of America.
The amount of display space continues to increase with the opening of the John and Anna Juried Memorial Barn. This agricultural building houses equipment from the Benjamin Road farm of Michael McNamara, the Village of Gilboa’s produce delivery wagon from Clayton Buel, and historical antique barn tools.
Our hours are: 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturdays & Sundays from May 25th, Memorial Day Weekend until Columbus Day, October 14th 2024.
Besides an excellent Devonian fossil exhibit and the Juried History Center the Gilboa Museum has several new, permanent displays. Many donations of logging saws, and antique farming tools are on display, artifacts from the original town of Gilboa and large Devonian tree size fossils have also been incorporated as part of the museum’s permanent collection. Pictured is the newly expanded Museum. The Juried Barn (not pictured here) is next door and the wraparound museum deck provides visitors a place to sit, enjoy the view, and eat lunch after visiting the Museum.
The Gilboa Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the heritage of Gilboa, New York and the cultural treasure of the Devonian Period Gilboa Fossils. The Museum features videos about the fossils along with historical displays about the area and the town of Gilboa. Take time to visit Gilboa and the museum to see the Gilboa Fossil Exhibit both indoors and out and the Gilboa Dam close by pictured below from the air.
ART AND FOSSILS
Click here to visit “Art & Fossils” a website featuring Devonian fossils professionally photographed by Art Murphy and learn more about the fossil displays at the Gilboa Museum.
An example of Art Murphy’s beautiful fossil photography below.
MAPPING THE FOREST FLOOR
Starting in 2008 the Gilboa Dam underwent improvements through reconstruction and the utilization of new technology to make the dam safe and secure for the next 80 years. In the process new and exciting fossil discoveries were uncovered (SEE OUR EXPLORING FOSSILS PAGES on this site to view just some of the discoveries) including the floor of a Devonian forest, photo below. Upon discovering the forest floor a mapping process of the depressions, caused by trees and foliage, was undertaken. The pictures below hints at the complexity of the Devonian ecosystem. Visit the Museum to see the map and actual fossilized tree trunks that fit the depressions.
Pictured below is an artist conception of a Devonian Forest and archeologists mapping the Devonian Forest floor during recent Gilboa Dam repairs.
Podcast of Catskills Tri-County Historical Views
Click the titles below to listen to these extraordinary, professionally produced podcasts. Each podcast presents an amazing story about the Catskills and the people that have lived in these mountains. Podcast stories cover little known favorite sons, native American pottery, special Catskills birds, a famous Catskills painter of the American west and why Mrs. Rip Van Winkle was NOT the scold Washington Irving portrayed her as.
1. About John Davenport