About the Museum
The Sports Museum of Dutchess County was conceived in the mind of the late Charles R. "Mr. Average Bowler" Howroyd in 1973. He envisioned a complex dedicated to sports and discussed this dream with several county legislators and sportsmen.
In 2005, over three decades after its initial conception, the Sports Museum finally found a permanent home at Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park in the Town of Wappinger. The Museum's grand opening hosted many notable local dignitaries including former First Lady Hillary Clinton, who was the guest of honor for the dedication.
In 2015, ten years after the grand opening of the museum, the Sports Museum Board of Directors appointed Joseph (Joey) Cavaccini as curator and closed the museum for one year for the museum's first major face lift. The renovations included almost a complete gut of the Sports Museum level in the Reese Cultural Center and the announcement of a new permanent exhibition entitled "Legends of Dutchess". Cavaccini (then 16 years old) and his father Dan, a trustee, renovated the museum and brought it into the 21st century as a modern respectable museum.
Exhibits within Legends of Dutchess include highlighting over a dozen athletes who made it to the professional level in sports from Dutchess County as well as artifacts on almost 20 different sports with impacts on Dutchess County history.