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Warwick Valley Heritage: Home

Town of Warwick & Sugar Loaf, NY



Some record historical documents are now available in digital format for free!  Visit their website at:



Click on "Maps" in the directory below, or follow this link:


Use this to search many of the webpages on this site, but it does not search in the Warwick Heritage Digital Collection or the scanned newspapers-- you must search these separately by clicking on the links and following the directions.


The Jim Baird Family Collection includes several Civil War letters by local men. and other unique materials.  Recently we were given permission to scan some of the records from this collection.  We are still in the process of preparing them, but here are the ones already completed.


Our Databases:

The library provides commercial databases for AWPL cardholders to assist with historical & family history research.  All except Ancestry Library Edition are available to you from home with your library card.

Access the databases here:

Orange County Clerk's Office Property Records

Scans of the deed and mortgage books and indexes are available on, a free site.  There is no searchability, you must check the scans of the index volumes to locate Liber and Page.




The following is a partial list of books about Warwick and Orange County history that are full text and in a PDF format you can download to your computer or device; you can find links to more ebooks and e-documents in the Warwick Heritage Database.

Basics: Short Histories of the Warwick Valley:

General Orange County History:

Warwick  & Sugar Loaf Specific Works:

  • Bellvale Rising Star by Thomas Burt (newspaper published 1 year about Bellvale, 1889)
  • Black Jacob by A. D. Eddy. The inspiring life story of Jacob Hodges of Sugar Loaf, who was coerced into the murder of Richard Jennings, then reformed.
  • History of Orange County by Ruttenber & Clark (1881; Warwick chapter only)
  • Memoirs of Hon. Nathaniel Jones U.S. House of Representatives 1837-1841, lived in Warwick, many local anecdotes.
  • Report of the Trial of The Murderers of Richard Jennings; pamphlet from the collection of the archive of the Warwick Historical Society (1819; murder occurred in Sugar Loaf)
  • Under Old Rooftrees by Eliza Benedict Hornby (1908).  Collection of facts and stories about Warwick Valley life in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Lifestyles, weather, weddings, slaves, folkways, etc.
  • Warwick Woodlands  by Frank Forester (Henry William Herbert).  Classic field sports/hunting narrative, 1840s.