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Timber rafting was once the linchpin of the area’s economy. It was the first industry to develop in the wild, desolate region that is today known as Sullivan County, predating both the tanning … more
It was Christmas, 1938, just a few weeks after Kate Smith had debuted his revised “God Bless America” on her radio show, that songwriter Irving Berlin presented his wife with a house and … more
Many archeologists believe that the Munsee, a branch of the Lenape, a Native American tribe of Algonquin culture, may have lived along the banks of the Upper Delaware as early as 12,000 years ago, … more
There wasn’t much to the community known as Hurleyville when the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad decided to locate a station there in the 1870s. Around 1805 or so, an enterprising hunter … more
It was August of 1961, and what was called “the most complex project of its kind ever undertaken by New York Telephone” was just getting underway in Sullivan County. By March 21, 1965, … more
The main business districts of many Sullivan County communities have been reshaped over the years by major fires. In Liberty, it was the June 13, 1913 conflagration that wiped out a large part of … more
Now that wrestling is underway at the Tokyo Olympics after having been spared the intended axe as a contested sport, it seems an appropriate time to discuss its Sullivan County connection—a … more
On July 30, 1915, Charles E. Becker was executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison, the first police officer ever executed for murder in this country. Becker was born on July 26, 1870 in … more
On October 14, 1778, Dr. Benjamin Tusten, a Goshen physician who served as a Lt. Colonel in the Orange County militia’s 3rd Regiment, wrote letters to George Washington and Governor George … more
On July 20, 1779, Joseph Brant, a Mohawk chief fighting for the British, led a raiding party of Native Americans and Tories against the settlement at Pienpack, near present-day Port … more
During the Revolutionary War, the region between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers was home to two of the most notorious Tories of the era, Claudius Smith of Orange County and Robert Land of Cushetunk. … more
It used to be a well-kept secret that Cushetunk, the first European settlement in the Upper Delaware River Valley, was populated mostly by Tories in the years immediately preceding and during the … more
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