The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) announces their many offerings and activities for 2014, including the Third Annual Living History Cemetery Tour, a rousing folksong sing-out, a program on the lost community of Arena, and a slide show on the history of skiing in the Catskills.
Outdoor fun and nature exploration for the whole family will be the order of the day Saturday, June 9 at the annual John Burroughs Community Day at Woodchuck Lodge: Discovery hike for kids, tree pruning demo, wildflower walk, geoache workshop, raptors on display, house tours and much more!
The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown unveils "The Great Outdoors," an exhibit of historic activities in the Catskill Forest Preseve. The exhibit can be seen this Saturday, May 19 when HSM unveils its new headquarters at 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. The Open House will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments, door prizes and the opportunity to stroll around the beautiful pond and grounds.
Members of the Model T Ford Club of America, Capital District Chapter, motoring through the region April 28 stopped at naturalist John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury to learn about the man who was presented a Model T by the car’s producer, Henry Ford himself.
Web users can now search and browse the Margaretville-based newspaper from July 13, 1902 to April 28, 1961. Visit http://history.catskill.net to find this treasure trove of history, made possible by several individual donors and the O’Connor Foundation.
The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) needs the public’s help in putting together an exhibit about how folks in Middletown and surrounding areas have enjoyed “The Great Outdoors.”
We never know when we may be caught up in a vortex of circumstances and events large than our own small world. One day may swallow up the rest of our lives. This was the fate of small quiet farming communities in eastern Delaware County in 1845. The steady, reassuring ritual cycle of plowing, planting, mowing, and harvesting took a back seat to Anti-Rent protest.The Anti-Rent conflict began in 1839 in the Helderbergs in Albany County. Tenant farmers rebelled against oppressive leases under which they labored as little more than serfs of wealthy landlords, without opportunity to ever own the land. They had also begun to question the legality of the landlords’ titles to the land. The outbreak was triggered by the demand of Stephen Van Rensselaer IV for back rents which his father had not collected during economic hard times.