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 Revolutionary.” For many years religious services were held here, with a large number of attendees, including veterans and youth. The mound is located on the former grounds of the Ukrainian Fraternal Association.
In the 1940s the Glen Spey area became a popular destination for second home owners of Ukrainian descent, eventually becoming known as “Little Ukraine.” The area is said to have reminded the homeowners of their native homeland, and allowed them to celebrate their faith and heritage without the fear of persecution.
The popular Ukrainian Youth Festival, hosted at the former 160-acre Verkhovyna Resort, and with its county fair atmosphere, for many years attracted thousands of visitors to the small Glen Spey hamlet in Sullivan County. Beginning in 1976 during the summer of America’s bicentennial, the festival celebrated Ukrainian culture with dance, music, crafts and cuisine. In 1988 it was estimated that 20,000 people would attend the festival. Verkhovyna, the Ukrainian Fraternal Association’s resort center, also hosted summer camps, cultural workshops and annual art festivals. Verkhovyna, translated from Ukrainian, means “highlands.”
Two beautiful Ukrainian churches, St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Church, constructed in 1967, and Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, constructed in 1971, can also be found at Glen Spey.