Located by Peekskill Bay on the east bank of the Hudson River, The Lincoln Depot Museum is a 3,000 square foot freight and passenger rail depot where President-elect Abraham Lincoln stopped to greet New Yorkers on February 19, 1861 during his inaugural train ride between Springfield, IL and Washington, DC.
Lincoln Depot Museum serves to illuminate and celebrate Lincoln’s relationship to New York and to New Yorkers before and during the Civil War. Remembering and recounting Lincoln’s ties to Peekskill has special resonance for those who treasure the history of the Hudson Valley as well as lovers of Civil War history.
Lincoln Depot Museum Exhibits
Lincoln and New York: The Indispensable Relationship
The Lincoln Depot Museum’s exhibition details the role New York played in Lincoln’s two elections and the Civil War, and explores Lincoln’s ties to Peekskill and the Hudson Valley. Rare maps, photos, ephemera and a Lincoln signed order are among the more than 100 artifacts on display. The artifacts are all original and are comprised of items from the museum’s permanent collection as well as items on loan from various collections, institutions and individuals.
The Brian D. Caplan Collection
More than one hundred artifacts, images and ephemera from The Brian D. Caplan Collection are featured in the Lincoln Depot Museum’s exhibition.
Lincoln in Peekskill by Richard Masloski
The Lincoln Depot Foundation commissioned Richard Masloski to create a life size “Lincoln in Peekskill” statue. Governor Pataki, then Peekskill Mayor John G. Testa, preeminent Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer and many other dignitaries oversaw the installation and dedication of the statue in October 2007.
The Art of Paul R. Martin III
Westchester artist and educator Paul R. Martin III is nationally recognized for his watercolors and paintings of Civil War ﬁgures and historical scenes, a few of which are displayed here.