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   107th Annual Reunion on August 5- 6, 2017
   106th Annual Reunion on August 6- 7, 2016
   105th Annual Reunion on August 1 - 2, 2015
   104th Annual Reunion on August 9 - 10, 2014
   103rd Annual Reunion on August 3 - 4, 2013
   102nd Annual Reunion on August 4 - 5, 2012
   101st Annual Reunion on August 13-14, 2011
   100th Annual Reunion on August 7-8, 2010
   99th Annual Reunion on August 8-9, 2009
   98th Annual Reunion on August 9-10, 2008
   97th Annual Reunion on August 11-12, 2007
   96th Annual Reunion on August 12-13, 2006
   95th Annual Reunion on August 6-7, 2005
    94th Annual Reunion on August 7-8, 2004
   93rd Annual Reunion on August 9-10, 2003
   92nd Annual Reunion on August 10-11, 2002


This year the Reunion Planning Board for the Dillenbeck family in America has decided to visit historic Cooperstown, New York..This year, we will be touring Hyde Hall, which is considered one of the finest representations of romantic classicism in America. Hyde Hall was conceived and constructed by George Clarke (1768 - 1835), an Englishman whose great grandfather and namesake has been prominent in the colonial government of New York. As secretary and later Lieutenant Governor of the province between 1703 and 1743, the elder Clarke had amassed 120,000 acres in the Hudson and Mohawk valleys and a sizeable fortune when he returned to England in 1745. The young George Clarke settled in Albany in 1806 to oversee his vast inheritance. He met and married Ann Low Cary, widow of Richard Cooper, the elder brother of novelist James Fenimore Cooper. Although he owned numerous parcels of land in different parts of the state. Clarke purchased several hundred acres that included a headland on Otsego Lake that not only adjoined this wife's family property, but also offered a dramatic view down the lake to Cooperstown. At Eton College, Clarke was a schoolmate of the Duke of Wellington, conqueror of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and hence, named the site he cleared for the house Mount Wellington, in honor of his schoolmate. The name Hyde Hall was chosen in honor of the Clarke family's ancient seat, Hyde Hall in England. Philip Hooker, the leading architect of Albany, was commissioned to do the plans and in 1817, construction began on the house and several outbuildings.


Saturday afternoon, we will visit the Fenimore Art Museum with its collection of American Folk and Fine Art and American Indian Art. The Fine Art consists of art by the Hudson River School painters. Non-flash photography is permitted only in select galleries. Videotaping is not permitted.


For those who can stay longer in Cooperstown than just for a day or who would like to explore on their own, the Cooperstown Beverage Trail is New York State's first official cuisine trail comprising four establishments: Bear Pond Winery, Cooperstown Brewing Co., Brewery Ommegang, and Fly Creek Cider Mill. Cooperstown was once thehops-growing capitol of North American. And for those who were not here two years ago for our Cooperstown activities, there is the Farmers' Museum to explore  and, of course, the Baseball Hall of Fame.


There will be door prizes of products with the Dillenbeck logo and a 50/50 raffle at the picnic on Sunday.


Secretary of the Dillenbeck Reunion: Sigrid Rantanen, 2160 12th St., Unit E, Troy, NY 12180. Telephone: 518-272-6148.




Please print or download the Family Group information sheet.  We encourage you to  send in family information for inclusion in the Genealogy Book to the address listed there.




SATURDAY, AUGUST 4  Hyde Hall and the Fenimore Art Museum will be paid by the Reunion Association. Directions to both are included below.

HYDE Hall - Meet at 9:30 AM for 10:00 AM tour at Hyde Hall Visitor's Center inside the Glimmerglass State Park. Follow the directions to the Hyde Hall entrance, which bypasses the park entrance. The tour is schduled, so please be on time. 

FENIMORE ART MUSEUM - Meet at 1:00 PM at museume entrance. Once we pay your entrance fee, you can enjoy the museum at your leisure. The Fenimore Cafe is open 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14: Family picnic - Meet at Wiles Park in Fort Plain, New York at 11:00 AM. Please bring your own place settings and a covered dish to share with everyone. Beverages will be provided free by the Reunion Association.

Directions to Wiles Park for the Family Picnic:
  • I-90 Thruway Exit 29
  • From NYS Rt. 5S, turn left (south) on Main St.
  • Go about 6 blocks to Upper Main St
  • Turn Right on High St.
  • Go to flashing light and cemetery, then turn left
  • Bear right into Wiles Park (Dillenbeck reunion is at picnic shelter)
Directions to Hyde Hall:
  • GPS Address: 1527 County Highway 31, Cooperstown, NY 13326
  • From Rte 20: Connecting to I-90 or I-88: Turn south on Rt. 31 at East Springfield intersection  and go 4 miles south. Turn right onto Mill Rd. Follow Mill Rd to Hyde Hall entrance.
  • West Lake route: Take Rt. 80 N; turn right one mile past Glimmerglass Festival onto Rt. 53 and follow to Mill Road. Turn right onto Mill Road to Hyde Hall entrance.
  • East Kaje route from Cooperstown is temporarily closed: Follow detour signs to Rt. 80 N
Directions to Fenimore Art Musem::
  • Address:  5798 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (One mile north of the village of Cooperstown on west side of Otsego Lake. From traffic light in village, follow Rte 80 east approximately one mile. Praking available.
  • From the West: Take I-90 (NY Thruway) east to Exit 30 (Herkimer). Take Rte. 28 south to Cooperstown. At stop sign turn left onto State Highway 80 east/Chestnut St. Continue one block beyond traffic light and turn left at stop sign following State Hwy 80 east/Lake Rd. Continue one mile. Art Museum is on right across from the Farmers' Museum.
  • From the East: Take I-90 (NY Thruway) west to Exit 25A. Take I-88 west to exit 24 (Duanesburg) and get on Rte 7. Follow Rte 7 to Rte 20 west. Take Rte. 20 west approximately 43 miles, turning left on State Hwy. 80 west which travels south along Otsego Lake. Continue on State Hwy. 80 west for 10 miles. Art Museum is on the left across from the Farmers' Museum.
  • From the South: Take I-88 east to Exit 17. Take Rte 28 north into Cooperstown. Follow State Hwy 80 east/Chestnut St. to traffic light. Continue one block beyond traffic light and turn left at stop sign, following State HWY. 80 east/Lake Rd. Continue one mile. Art Museum is on right across from the Farmers' Museum




To register, please complete the registration form, print it and mail to:

Nancy McClymonds (Treasurer)
17 Templeton Trail
Orchard Park, NY 14127

FAMILY ASSOCIATION DUES: $10.00/Family (couple with children): $5.00/Adult

You can contact Nancy by e-mail at:


For more information, please contact:

Sigrid E. Rantanen, Secretary
2160 12th St Unit E
Troy, NY 12180

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