June will bring two event-packed weekends to the Great Western Catskills. To promote the Path Through History, a heritage tourism initiative established to highlight New York’s unparalleled network of museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions, several Delaware County attractions will host free programs and celebrations. So set aside some time June 7 and 8 and June 14 to enjoy the historic and cultural heritage of the area.
The Ninth Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival will be held rain or shine Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 to 4 in the Village Park, Margaretville. The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will host “Barn Yesterday,” an exhibit of photographs and brief histories of some of the remaining barns in town. The exhibit will be displayed in the History Tent, which will also feature photos, artifacts and memorabilia from the heyday of the cauliflower industry in the Catskills.
They are so common that they become invisible. Motorists pass by, paying little attention. But consider this an invitation. Drive down almost any Delaware County road and focus on the barns. At first glance they may seem similar, but observe more carefully. Straight roofs and rounded roofs. White, red, yellow and often unpainted. Notice locations – next to the road, across a pastured field, in a valley rather than on a hilltop. Surrounded by black and white Holstein cows. Modernized as an office or battered by time and failing. This is an invitation to travel the back roads and look again at one of the most omnipresent, and threatened, symbols of Delaware County’s rural heritage.