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Historian

Click HERE for the history of the Yelverton Inn

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At the May 8, 2023 Village Board meeting, Aaron Lefkowitz was appointed as the Village of Chester Historian.

Aaron can be reached by email [email protected] or by phone at 845-469-2388 ext. 232

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I have called Chester my home for the last 20 years and love to ride my bike through the town, seeing Chester’s past as well as present.  Chester has a vibrant history, evident from our role in both the Railroad and Dairy Industries.  As the birthplace of Cream Cheese (we have the evidence to prove that!), Chester has made its mark the world over!  History has always been my passion, understanding how it has influenced us as well as how we influence it is a subject matter that I highly value.  When the opportunity to be the Village Historian came along, I excitedly applied.  It is my hope that through significant effort, the citizens of Chester can gain a greater appreciation for their community’s heritage, identity and importance.

I am part of the Chester Union Free School District’s Maple Avenue Task Force, working towards a solution to that subject.  As well, I am good friends with the Orange County Historian, Johanna Porr, and have worked on several projects for her from archeological digs in Newburgh, designing permanent historical displays at the County Government Building and even being part of the Orange County Delegation to Belgium & France for the World War I Centennial.

I encourage everyone, be resident or visitor to please check out the local historic sites and read the many historical markers located all over the Village.  There is so much to see and know about Chester for people of all ages.  If there is anything you would like to know, send me a message!

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Click HERE for the Chester Historical Society Website

Click HERE for the Chester Historical Society Newsletter

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