Local History

Our area is rich in history and the Butterfield Library has it's own unique place among that history.  Mrs. Julia L. Butterfield established a library and hospital when she died in 1913. During her life, she gave generously and as a result, was known as Lady Bountiful. We are forever thankful to her.

Stay tuned ... the library is currently planning to digitize it's collection of Mrs. Butterfield's' papers and scrapbooks.


  • Local history print collection: located in the Reading Room, ask for assistance. Includes local history books, pamphlets, yearbooks, and history reports/essays. learn more
  • Local history tapes: a collection of digitized recordings of local residents recorded in the late 1970s/early1980s. learn more
  • Local history tours: check our calendar for dates.
    • Mrs. Julia L. Butterfield & Cragside
    • Village of Cold Spring Historic Sites
    • Who’s Who - Local Cemeteries


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