Explore The Peekskill Museum
The History of Fleischmann’s in Peekskill
For 77 years the Fleischmann’s/Standard Brands complex at Charles Point was the largest employer in Peekskill with over 1,000 workers at its peak during WW2. On 100 acres with over 125 buildings it was the largest yeast factory in the world, the second largest vinegar plant in the country and produced gin, whiskey and Royal Gelatin. This exhibit explores the history of the plant and looks at the jobs and lives of those that worked there.
While artifacts and imagery are distributed throughout the Herrick House,
the Peekskill Museum has a number of permanent collections, which include:
Peekskill Stove Collection
The iron industry was key to Peekskill’s early development with 8 foundries producing 200,000 stoves a year at its peak. Come explore our collection of stoves, artifacts and photographs of the foundries and their workers.
Explore the growth of Peekskill though the largest collection of Peekskill-related maps in the area.
Marion Boyle Children’s Room
This room contains a variety of objects and curiosities relating to the life of children over the years in Peekskill, from a 1939 Soapbox Derby racer and Velocipede, to the Museum’s infamous giant ball of string.
Ladies Victorian Bedroom
A reconstruction of what Mrs. Herrick’s bedroom may have looked like, this room gives visitors a glimpse into home life when the Herrick’s occupied this house.
The core of the Peekskill Museum collection is its wealth of historic photographs, glass plate negatives and the Evening Star negative collection. Many of these photographic images can be seen on the walls and halls of the Museum