Doris Finch Watson
Town Historian Celebrates 90th Birthday
September 12, 2013
North Castle's Town Historian, Doris Finch Watson, was surrounded by family and friends as she cheerfully celebrated her 90th birthday at the Banksville Fire Department.
Roughly fifty guests shared stories about time spent with Ms. Watson
over the years at the Middle Patent School House, her
family's general store Finch's, and at Smith's Tavern.
As North Castle's Town Historian and a lifelong North Castle resident, Ms. Watson has a great sense of where the community has been as well as an intuition about what the future will bring, said her good friend, Ambassador Donald Gregg, another longtime North Castle resident.
Ms. Watson's involvement with the community remains strong as she has worked with many organizations, including the Banksville Community Center, the Banksville Fire Department, The North Castle Historical Society, the Middle Patent Rural Cemetery, and the Elijah Miller House (the headquarters of George Washington in North White Plains).
Ms. Watson was a founding member of the Friends of the Miller House.
breadth of knowledge of the history of our town is deep and is called upon often.
Guests shared stories about times spent with the birthday girl.
volunteering never ends, said one friend, "You are no age, but are forever young."
Another friend said Ms. Watson's
wisdom, experience, knowledge and passion permeates this whole town while her
contributions are ageless, like her
introduced her family of several generations and fondly mentioned her 50-year marriage to her now deceased husband, Bill Watson.