Those who missed the Living History Tour of Margaretville Cemetery on June 30 will have a chance to see it this Saturday, Oct. 6 when a one-hour video produced by Nick Bibbo will be screened twice at the Historical Society of Middletown (HSM) hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville.
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.
The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will host a slide show of historic images of Margaretville Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Halcottsville post card collector Lynda Stratton and daughter Kathy Roberts have organized a program of some 200 images of buildings, street scenes, river views and localized greetings. They range from the 1890s to the 1970s.
Update - the latest batch of Catskill Mountain News microfilm has been scanned and posted online at http://history.catskill.net. Check it out.
Here is an old article from a travel guide put out by the Ulster & Delaware along with a JPG of the listings of private homes that took in lodgers during the summer months from the same book. For a better version go to our Facebook Page for the PDF. They follow the path of the Ulster & Delaware from Fleischmanns to West Davenport. The name of some old family farmsteads will be recognizable to some. It's also interesting that the literature showed the elevation of the town - cool mountain air at 1500 feet above sea level was probably a very good reason to vacation here.
Crate farming was ubiquitous in the 40s and 50s on Catskills farms. No one vegetable symbolizes this more that the cauliflower. We think pictures speak a thousands words so read through these pages on recommended ceilings on cauliflower production and the association slide show. We'll post another series of scans of a document on cauliflower marketing by the Delaware County Farm Bureau.
Excerpts from a travel guide book from 1934 to the Catskills highlighting the old roads used which became part of the rail system. We have focused on the section of trails that runs through Delaware County along the western Ashokan Trail and the end of the Mohican and Rip Van Winkle Trails. The original guide may be found at at the Delaware County Historical Association's office in Delhi. The descriptions of the towns focus on the natural resources and healthful benefits, but keep in mind not all things referenced here are still in existence or may be closed to the public.