State Theater: Movie Night in Deposit, New York

November 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The iconic State Theater in the village of Deposit, New York proudly opened its doors on March 27, 1937 with a 7pm showing of the romantic comedy “When’s Your Birthday.” Admission cost 30 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. The State Theater building was originally constructed by the Kallet-Comerford movie house chain of upstate New...
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Bastion Falls: A Photographic Study

November 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Bastion Falls is a beautiful waterfall located within Kaaterskill Clove at the horseshoe curve along Route 23A. The falls, which mark the beginning of the lower hiking trail to Kaaterskill Falls, has multiple tiers ranging in height from eight to thirty feet and numerous other smaller cascades. Samuel Rusk, in his 1879 book Rusk’s Illustrate...
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Split Rock Falls

November 06, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Split Rock Falls, at eight feet high, is a small but scenic waterfall that drops through a natural cleft in an exposed rock ledge along the Coxing Kill. The falls are situated within the Mohonk Preserve and make for a popular swimming hole and summer picnic location as well as serving as a convenient trailhead for hikers. The area in and aro...
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Delaware House

October 30, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The Delaware House is located along the Delaware River in the quaint hamlet of Callicoon in the town of Delaware, Sullivan County. The former hotel and saloon were once considered one of the finest in the area. The first hotel on the site was constructed in the 1850s by William Batsford. The original building was later sold it to Zillar Mina...
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Western Hotel at Callicoon

October 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The Western Hotel has been a longtime mainstay in the scenic hamlet of Callicoon, which is scenically situated along the banks of the Delaware River. The hotel was constructed circa 1852, likely making it the oldest commercial building in the hamlet. It has been run by many families, several of which owned it for several decades, including the Thor...
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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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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  •  1 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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