November is New York State History Month

In celebration of New York State History month, we are sharing some of our favorite resources and historic sites to make planning your 2015 history getaway easier...

First, let's start with A Brief History of Delaware County written by Tim Duerden, Executive Director of the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) in Delhi.

The Delaware County Historical Association is offering two events this November:
Saturday, November 8: Basket Weaving Workshop, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 22: Abandoned, Author Presentation, 2:00 p.m.

For all details on the archives, exhibit galleries, the gift shop and hours of operation during both the summer and winter months, click here.

Explore Delaware County's history website, the Power of History for upcoming history events and to learn about the County's covered bridges, historic barns and agricultural adventures through stories and slideshows.

Explore all this mid-1800s working sawmill has to offer. A legacy of innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurship is at the center of the Hanford Mills experience. Hanford Mills garnered a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places for how effectively it demonstrates how mills, once a mainstay of rural towns, operate.

Visitors "listen as the Mill spins, rumbles, and whirs to life; smell fresh cut lumber as logs are sawn on the water-powered sawmill; explore the woodworking shop, and see vintage machines creating the same products that were made at the Mill a century ago."

Hanford Mills Museum is open from May 15th through October 15th, but a popular event, the Ice Harvest Festival will take place on February 7th, 2015.

Watch a video the Ice Harvest Festival by clicking here.

The Ulster & Delaware Railroad crossed the Catskills from Kingston Point on the Hudson, to Oneonta in the Susquehanna Valley. Chartered in 1866 as the Rondout & Oswego, and reorganized in 1872 as the New York, Kingston & Syracuse, it became the Ulster & Delaware in 1875, and was completed to Oneonta in 1900.

When a scenic train ride was established in Arkville, NY in 1986, the excursion was dubbed the Delaware & Ulster. The name was a nod to the historic Ulster & Delaware Railroad that had rolled along the same tracks for more than a century.

Today, from Memorial Day to Columbus Day weekends, hop aboard this scenic train ride and unwind during a leisurely-paced excursion with the legendary Catskill Mountains as your backdrop.

Naturalist John Burroughs paid lifelong homage to his Delaware County roots. Scattered throughout his essays are scores of recounted memories from the first 17 years of his life, years that he spent near Roxbury. In 1910, Burroughs returned to the comfort of the family farm to spend summers in a little farmhouse he named Woodchuck Lodge. There he continued to write and entertain until his death in 1921.

Woodchuck Lodge is open for tours the first weekend of each month, May through October, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Memorial Field, where an outdoor exhibit offers photos and information about the life and work of John Burroughs, is open to visitors during daylight hours daily.

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown is host to a variety of annual events, exhibits, programs and special functions, the most anticipated of which is the Annual Living History Cemetery Tour, each June.

John Bern hardt portrayed Abel Sands in the Historical Society of Middletown's 3rd Annual Living History Cemetary Tour in June.

There are many more historic sites and museums throughout Delaware County, for a full listing visit the Great Western Catskills!

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