From September to November 1778, General Washington based his military movements in Pawling. During these three months, Washington first slept in the home of Reed Ferris, a Quaker, and then used John & Sybil Kane's house as his residence.
Today, the John Kane House is the Historical Society's main museum.
On the first floor:
- Learn about the area's indigenous and European settlers
- The Anti-Rent Rebellion
- Washington's use of Pawling; and the effect of the Revolutionary War upon the community.
-A gallery of landmark views of the Village through the years.
The second floor is focused on :
-The history of the train and its effect on life in Pawling from 1848 to 1948 including the Gilded Age resort hotels of the Dutcher House and Mizzentop Hotel.
-The civil war Commander John Lorimer Worden and the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first-ever engagement between ironclad steamships
-The lives of women and children in the 19th century.
April - October
or by appointment year-round
$5 donation for admission
A volunteer tour guide will give you a full survey of the downstairs and upstairs of the home, which are decorated with displays of period artifacts.
Please note if using a GPS the entrance is off of E. Main Street in the Village of Pawling. You cannot enter from Route 22.