The Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, Sullivan County, opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 and 27, from noon to 4 pm.
Opening Memorial Day Weekend, activities include a new display of toys and games from the early 20th century, and discounts in the Museums shop.
Located on three floors, current exhibitions are:
The Time and the Valleys Museum in Sullivan County is seeking photographs of farms taken for the building of NYC’s Water System Reservoirs of: Ashokan, Schoharie, Cannonsville and Pepacton.
All photos received will be used in the “Lost Catskill Farm,” phase I of a 1930s Catskill Family Farm exhibit, which will include a farm house, milk house, 1870s reconstructed barn, workshop (powered by a working waterwheel), outhouse, well house and electric plant, The exhibit is expected to open to the public this September. Continue reading
The Time and the Valleys Museum will show a film on the history of the Catskill resorts from 1823 to 1974 on Sunday, October 22 at 2 p.m. on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville.
This story of the Catskill resorts from 1823 to 1974 was originally a slide presentation by Manville Wakefield, and narrated by Miles Ellison.
The Catskills have been a popular vacation area since the early 1800’s for famous artists and New Yorkers. Continue reading
A talk on the 1870s barn restoration at the Lost Catskill Farm behind the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County, NY, will be held on Sunday, October 15th at 2 pm.
Zeke Boyle of Beechwoods Barns, Narrowsburg NY, reconstructed the historic 1870s Huff Barn at the Museum’s Lost Catskill Farm with help from Robert V. Curry. Zeke will speak on the barn, including how the barn was dismantled by volunteers including Trustee David Forshay, the challenges in reconstructing a historic barn in a new location and a history of 19th century barns. Continue reading
The Liberty Museum & Arts Center in Sullivan County will host the 16h Annual Catskills Preservation and History Conference on Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27.
The events begin at 10 am on Saturday with the 22nd annual Architectural and Historical Tour, which this year will feature a behind the scenes look at two of the most iconic institutions in Sullivan County’s history, the Loomis Sanatorium and Grossinger’s resort, and explore the link between them. Continue reading
The Time and the Valleys Museum will be hosting an Open House for potential volunteers on Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 3 pm at the Museum on St. Rt. 55, Grahamsville. Anyone interested in learning about volunteering can join current volunteers for refreshments, a museum tour and information on both volunteering and the museum’s activities. Attendees will learn about helping in the museum shop, at events and as an exhibit guide. Continue reading
It was in October of 1948 that what local newspapers called “Sullivan County’s first commercial ski slope” began to take shape.
It was Christmas Hills on DeBruce Road in Livingston Manor, and despite the claims, it was not the first ski operation in the county, as Liberty Winter Sports, Inc. had operated the Walnut Mountain ski hill in Liberty more than a decade before. Continue reading
Long before the opening of Davos in Woodridge ushered in a new era in skiing in Sullivan County, before the Concord and Grossinger’s pioneered snowmaking techniques to service their rudimentary ski hills, and even before the Miller brothers operated Christmas Hills in Livingston Manor, skiing made its local debut at Walnut Mountain in Liberty.
In October of 1936, a corporation known as Liberty Winter Sports, Inc. purchased most of Walnut Mountain from Frank H. Mauer with plans to create a skiing facility at the site of the old Walnut Mountain House. Dr. S.W. Wells was president of the group, which also included B.K.J. Eenberg, Thomas P. McNamara, Albert T. Decker, Joseph E. Fersch, Paul H. Allen, and Gunnar Bjorgstrom. Joseph G. Dowling handled the publicity. Continue reading
The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland (Cornell University Press, 2016) by Marisa Schenfeld, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Scheinfeld’s photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. Continue reading
During the summer hiking season, one of the most popular destinations in the Catskills is Overlook Mountain. Sunny days will have the parking area, located across from a monastery on Mead Mountain Road in Woodstock, at overflow capacity. The hike to the summit, along a dirt road, is not especially grueling, though hikers can expect to do some heavy breathing as they near the top. Continue reading