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By 1966, as Sullivan County's Golden Age of tourism faded away, there were at least 20 year-around hotels in Sullivan and nearby Ulster County. And another expensive trend had developed: The indoor … more
Although the Christmas tree has long been one of the most visible symbols of the holiday in this country, that wasn't always the case. In fact, prior to 1840, the Christmas tree was rarely seen in … more
The positive impacts of the Delaware & Hudson Canal on Sullivan County were indisputable. With its opening in 1828, the 108-mile-long waterway made it possible for the first time to easily transport … more
During the month of December in 1824, brothers William and Maurice Wurts were diligently planning a presentation to potential investors in their ambitious project to build a canal connecting their … more
Pandemic or no, another holiday season is here, and with it comes the reminder from this column that books about the history of Sullivan County and the surrounding Catskills region make great gifts. … more
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 29, 1882, fire broke out in a building used as a blacksmith and wagon repair shop in Gilman's, one of Sullivan County's most bustling little … more
Fewer than 40 men—and one woman—have served as Sullivan County Clerk in the years since the county's formation in 1809, and four of them held the office in less than a year during a tumultuous … more
It was November of 1939, and the management of the Liberty Theatre on South Main Street in the village, “one of the largest and most modern playhouses in this section of the state,” was changing … more
It was shortly after daybreak on Friday, September 7, 1917, that 13 young men boarded a train in Monticello on their way to Camp Dix in Wrightstown, New Jersey and entry into the Great War then … more
In October of 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech entitled “The Future of Integration” at the annual convention of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union District 65 at the … more
On October 23, 1914, several thousand people heard former president Teddy Roosevelt address separate gatherings in Liberty and Monticello. Just two years removed from his near assassination while … more
On Saturday, October 10, 1936, a steady rain that had been falling all day paused momentarily as a small gathering hoisted a new 12-foot U.S. flag up the recently erected flagpole at the Ethelbert B. … more
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