Lincoln Depot Museum
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|Area served||Westchester County, New York|
|Key people||General Patrick Garvey, Chairman
John Testa, President
Dr. Robert Hales
Paul R. Martin III
Susan Jacobson, Executive Director
Lincoln Depot Museum is located in Peekskill, New York inside the Peekskill Freight Depot. The Museum is managed by the Lincoln Depot Foundation, whose mission is to preserve the history and ties between Abraham Lincoln and Peekskill.
On February 19, 1861 President Abraham Lincoln's inaugural train made a stop at the Peekskill Freight Depot. Approximately 1500 people attended the President's visit. It is widely held that Lincoln made the stop on the request of his congressional colleague William Nelson (congressman) from Westchester County, New York. The train's route was from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D.C. and took 13 days to complete.
Lincoln's stop in Peekskill was well documented at the time "Towards noon, quite a number came to the village from the country surrounding, and wended their way to the Depot.”; and continues to be a source of local pride.
After President Lincoln's assassination in 1865, his funeral train retraced the route and stopped in Peekskill on the way back to Springfield.
In April 2005, then New York State Governor, George Pataki secured the initial funding of $600,000 for the Museum. The initial funding was part of a $1.1 Million Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) grant for waterfront development projects in Westchester County. By the time of its groundbreaking on February 9, 2011 the Lincoln Depot Foundation had secured approximately $3 Million in funding. WASA/Studio A of New York City was selected as the architect and MEP engineers for this adaptive reuse project from freight depot to museum occupancy. C&G Partners have provided the concept design for the new Museum exhibits, scheduled to be open in 2013.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors includes Chairman General Patrick J. Garvey, President John G. Testa, Sibyl Canaan, Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Robert Hales, Paul R. Martin III, Brian Caplan; staff includes Executive Director Susan Jacobson.
- Highland Democrat, Peekskill, Feb. 23rd, 1861. Section: Domestic Record, Headline: “Mr. Lincoln at Peekskill.”