Residents of Stephentown have had access to books since at least the beginning of the 19th century. George Holcolmb (1792 – 1856) reported in his diary that on December 21, 1810, he “Stopped to Mr. Ebenezer F. Booges and borrowed ‘The History of Rome’ and returned it 5 May, 1811.”
The Rev. Aaron J. Booge, Ebenezer’s father, was the minister of the Stephentown Presbyterian Church and owned the best collection of books in town. When the Booge home was sold in 1808, the private library was forced to move however no record has been found of its new location. Plaques mark the site of both Booge’s and Holcolmb’s houses on West St. For most of the 19th and early 20th centuries there are no records indicating that a library, private or public, existed in the area.