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On December 31, 1995, the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors ceased to exist. Supervisors had governed the County from the time of its official creation in March of 1809, and its ultimate demise … more
In October of 1948, what some 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 … more
In 1834, shortly after a survey was completed of the proposed 483-mile long route of the nascent New York and Erie Railroad, the project was characterized in the New York State Legislature as … more
Another holiday season is here, and with it comes the reminder that books about the history of Sullivan County and the surrounding Catskills region make great gifts. As has been the case for the … more
Hurleyville businessman John Harms Knapp and his wife, Mary C. Brophy Knapp founded the Columbia Farms Hotel on the summit overlooking the hamlet in 1891. Locals, not convinced the business would … more
On November 21, 1951 Stanley W. Finch suffered a massive heart attack at his Baltimore home, and died a short while later. Few people outside of his immediate family made note of his passing, despite … more
On November 20, 1956, the New York Times described “an army of hunters” descending upon Sullivan County, leading to traffic jams “here and there” on area roadways. The county was among the … more
At approximately 1500 hours on June 16, 1944, some ten days after the D-Day invasion, the U.S. Army's 96th Evacuation Hospital disembarked from their Landing Craft Tanks and gathered behind the sand … more
When town Supervisors also governed Sullivan County in their roles on the Board of Supervisors—as they did from the time the county was formed in 1809 until 1995—individual town elections were of … more
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