Birchall Falls: A Study

October 16, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Birchall Falls is a scenic waterfall located on the West Branch of the Beer Kill in the hamlet of Greenfield Park in southern Ulster County, New York. The headwaters of the West Branch of the Beer Kill originate at an unnamed lake in the eastern portion of Sullivan County just east of Woodbourne. The West Branch, measuring approximately 10 miles in...
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Schalk’s Falls: A Study

October 09, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The scenic 17-foot Schalk’s Falls sits on the Plattekill Creek near the base of Platte Clove in West Saugerties. Although the property on both sides of the falls is posted good views can still be had from roadside on the bridge just downstream from the falls. Platte Clove, also known as Platte Kill Clove, is a deep, dark heavily wooded, hist...
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Fantinekill Falls: A Study

October 02, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Fantinekill Falls is a small, yet beautiful waterfall located at the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville, Ulster County. The Fantinekill name comes from the small, 18th-century settlement that was once located in the area, then about one mile north of the village of Ellenville. The name “Fantinekill” is probably best known in history for th...
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Mohyla

September 25, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Located across the road from St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Church in the hamlet of Glen Spey, there is a symbolic mohyla (mound) with a large Christian cross on top. The mound was created in honor of those that served and fought for the freedom of Ukraine. The marble base includes the words, in Ukrainian, “In Eternal Memory of the Ukrainian Revo...
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St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Church: A Study

September 18, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Church is located only a few miles from the Delaware River at the hamlet of Glen Spey in Sullivan County, New York. The church was consecrated on July 30, 1967 by His Excellency the Most Rev. Joseph Schmondiuk, Bishop of Stamford, in order to meet the religious needs of the growing population of Ukrainians livin...
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John Jacob Loeffler – New Catskills Photographs

September 11, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
John Jacob Loeffler is one of the great Catskills photographers of all time. He made hundreds of stereoviews of the Catskills throughout the 1870s and 1880s. The photographs, part of the series titled Catskill Mountain Scenery, demonstrate his skill and vision as well as the timeless beauty of the Catskills, being equally compelling today at they w...
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W. F. Spencer - Jeweler, Watch Maker and Photographer

September 04, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
W. F. Spencer was a popular photographer in Delaware County, New York from circa 1859 to 1886. He operated at several locations in the area including Stamford, Gilboa and Prattsville. Despite his photographic success he was perhaps more popularly known locally as a jeweler and watchmaker. Bloomville Mirror advertisement, April 29, 1862. +++...
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Bob Wyer – New Photographs

August 28, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Bob Wyer is one of the most prolific photographers in the history of the Catskills. His photographic career included shooting just about everything, such as passport photos, chauffer licenses, hunting licenses, high school yearbooks, formal portraits, special occasions such as birthdays and weddings, young babies, local stores, hotels and businesse...
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Battle of Minisink Ford: A Photographic Study

August 21, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The Battle of Minisink Ford took place during the American Revolution on July 22, 1779 between British Loyalists and their Native American supporters, led by Mohawk Chieftain Joseph Brant, versus approximately 120 American militiamen from New York and New Jersey, led by Colonel John Hathorn. In response to Brant’s attack two days prior at the front...
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Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 2)

August 14, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 2) See August 7, 2021 blog entry for Part 1. Introduction Henry S. Fifield was a well-known photographer most associated with his work at The Flume in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the 1860s and 1870s. In addition, he also photographed and published a number of quality views fro...
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Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 1)

August 07, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 1) Introduction Henry S. Fifield was a well-known photographer most associated with his work at The Flume in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the 1860s and 1870s. In addition, he also photographed and published a number of quality views from throughout the northern Catskills. H....
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The Legend of Add Condon: The Halcott Directory

July 31, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Richard Lionel De Lisser is one of the greatest photographers in Catskills history. He authored two photographic surveys of the Catskills, one of Greene County and one of Ulster County. Combined they contain over 1,800 photographs, which when combined with the author’s writings, highlighted his rambles in search of the picturesque. Part travelogue,...
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Lake Minnewaska: A Study

July 24, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The pristine, beautiful Lake Minnewaska is located high upon the Shawangunk Ridge at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Once known as Coxing Pond, the 36-acre lake was created during the last ice age by glacial movements that carved small basins in the bedrock. The lake is a ½ mile long and reaches depths up to 72 feet. Recreational activities abo...
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Hell Hole Falls: A Study

July 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Hell Hole Falls is a scenic waterfall located within the dramatic Plattekill Clove of the northern Catskills. The falls are located on Hell Hole Creek which forms on the southeast ridge of Kaaterskill High Peak and flows into the Plattekill Creek for its run to the Hudson River. The devilishly named waterfall begins benignly enough with a series of...
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Lexington House

July 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The historic Lexington House is pleasantly located on the banks of the Schoharie Creek in the small hamlet of Lexington in Greene County. The 3-story Lexington House was constructed by Jerome Campbell, a master carpenter, in 1883 and opened to the public on July 4th of that year. It had 30 rooms that accommodated 50 to 60 guests. The hotel was firs...
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