The Adriance Memorial Library
Today’s Feature Friday has been a part of Poughkeepsie for over a century. The Adriance Memorial library was given to the city of Poughkeepsie by the Adriance family, who ran a successful farm equipment company in Poughkeepsie. John and Mary Adriance’s six children donated $100,000 from the fortune he made developing the buckeye plow to build the library, and purchase its books, in their parents’ memory. It opened with a huge gala celebration on October 18, 1897.Located on Market Street in the library was built with stone in the Classical Revival architectural style. In 1982 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Not only does the Adriance Memorial Library add to the beautiful history of Poughkeepsie, but it continues to add our community by hosting events, displaying local art, and creating a space for people to learn and grow. If you haven’t visited, it is definitely worth stopping in and seeing all they have to offer!