Local History Links:
History of Ivoryton
The Ivoryton Library and the naming of Ivoryton
Ivoryton Library, organized in 1871, is one of the few libraries in the state
housed in its original structure, built in l889,
that has continued to function as a library for over
l00 years. The library has great significance for the village
of Ivoryton because much of the present landscape and environment in the community is due
to the unique ivory-cutting industry that flourished here during the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries. The library, perfectly placed in the center of this once factory
village, was built in part with funds from the ivory factory, Comstock, Cheney & Co.
It is difficult to imagine that Ivoryton was at one time the center of the ivory cutting
trade in the United States. A photographic exhibit of the Comstock Cheney ivory trade
resides in the library as part of a permanent collection. Currently there are 9,000 books and other items
on the shelves of the library, including archives on the library history, the ivory trade,
and local history.