Welcome to the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation website.
A private, non-profit organization, the Museum occupies historic canal-era buildings in the D&H Canal Park right on the Neversink River. In addition to our exhibitions, the museum provides various educational activities for children and adults throughout the year.
This historic complex is so well preserved and so historically significant that it has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The Museum is also chartered by the New York State Education Department.
This lovely region of Orange County is home to the Neversink, the Minisink, the amazing D&H Canal, a rich archaeological history and a network of small museums and historical societies devoted to presenting it all to you. Join us at the Neversink Valley Area Museum and our sister institutions for a tour of the natural beauty and rich history of our little corner of New York State.
Admission to the Museum includes:
Exhibitions such as Black Diamonds and the D&H Canal with videos, artifacts, a working lock model, photographs and information on canal technology, history, boating and canal life, Orange County Archaeology, a joint exhibition with the Orange County Chapter of the NYS Archaeology Society on the history of the Lenape Native Americans, The Artistry of the Blacksmith; which illustrates the art and life of the blacksmith in our working blacksmith shop and Movies Before Hollywood, a look at the early motion picture industry and the film pioneers who worked in this region.
A self-guided written walking tour of the one-mile section of the D&H Canal in the park
Large herb garden and Lenape Native American Three-Sister’s Garden of corn, beans and squash The Museum Store with a large selection of canal and local history publications, stationary, cards, toys and gifts.
Admission is $3.00 for adults, $1.50 for children, members entry is free
The Museum also provides:
Educational programs for adults, including lectures on the D&H Canal, Early Movie Making on the East Coast and local history, nature and canal walks and workshops. Click Here for our program schedule! Educational programs for school groups including a three hour D&H Canal program for fourth and fifth grade students and a three hour Lenape Native American program for first to fourth grade students. A library on the D&H Canal and local history (open by appointment only).
Wednesday Night Lecture Series: Lectures begin at 7:30 pm – Light refreshments served.
- April 1, Dr. Eugene Boesch– Pre-Contact Cultures in Southeastern New York
- May 6, Frank Salvati– Battle of Monongahela: British Redcoats vs. Woodland Indians
- June 3, Frank Salvati– The Milford, PA Connection at the Battle of Wounded Knee
- July 15, Marc C. Fried– “Notes from the Other Side” – Local History Reading and Book Signing
- August 5, Cliford Patrick– Forgotten History of Orange County
- September 3, Frank Salvati– Attack on Kittanning – A Delaware Indian Village
- October 1, Stephen Skye– Why the Goshen Militia Rushed to the rescue and was devastated at the Battle of Minisink
Saturday Night Music Series:
Why sit home when there’s all this great music to be heard!
Don’t miss the Summer Barbecue Nights – May through August
We’re serving up a sizzling barbecue along with hot music on warm summer evenings.
Join us behind the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center at the Pavilion at 5:30 for a casual summer picnic and enjoy the music.
- Annie & Mike Baglione play great tunes along with their friends on these Saturday nights:
- April 25 – Concert in Visitor’s Center, starting at 7:30
- May 30 – BBQ/music in Visitor’s Center Pavilion, starting at 5:30
- June 27 – BBQ/music in Visitor’s Center Pavilion, starting at 5:30
- August 29 – BBQ/music in Visitor’s Center Pavilion, starting at 5:30
- September 26 – Concert in Visitor’s Center, starting at 7:30
- October 24 – Concert in Visitor’s Center, starting at 7:30
July 18 – Tex-Mex Folk Fest – in the Visitor’s Center Pavilion, Doors open at 12:00, food served at 12:30, music from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Admission: $15 general public, $12.00 NVM members.
Summer days are perfect for this kind of event! Last summer we held our first-ever Tex-Mex Folk Fest on the lawn behind the Leura Murray Center. This year, we’re bringing the show over to the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center Pavilion.
We’re serving up a lunch featuring a selection of Tex-Mex favorites, including enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, rice and beans, a dessert and beverage. Enjoy the sounds of Annie & Mike Baglione, who present a selection of Hudson Valley’s finest musicians, playing Americana and Bluegrass music.
Spend the day with us in Orange County
Enjoy HISTORY by exploring canal remains!
Enjoy NATURE by hiking through the beautiful park!
Enjoy a RELAXING DAY by picnicking under the trees!
Enjoy OUTDOOR SPORTS by fishing in the trout-stocked Neversink River, and cross country skiing or biking the D&H Canal towpath trail!