Jacob Miles Churchill – Daguerrean Artist

December 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Jacob Miles Churchill operated a popular Daguerrean and Ambrotype photographic gallery in the 1850s and early 1860s at the village of Delhi in Delaware County, New York. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Jacob Miles Churchill was born on May 10, 1799 at Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His parents were Jaco...
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A Look Back in Catskills Photography: Not Yet Invented

December 05, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The following anecdote was published on April 20, 1869 in the Bloomville Mirror. Bloomville is located within the town of Kortright in Delaware County, New York. “A woman with a child entered a photographic gallery in Newburg, N.Y., the other day, and previous to placing it for a picture the woman subjected the child to a vigorous spanking. The...
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A Look Back in Catskills Photography: Retort Photographic

November 28, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The following photography joke was published in the May 26, 1916 issue of the Catskill Mountain News. “Retort Photographic. The photographer was drying his plates in the warm sunlight. “What are you doing there?” asked a friend. “Oh,” was the reply, “just airing my views.”
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Byron R. Johnson – “First-class” Photographer of Delhi, NY

November 21, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Byron R. Johnson operated a photographic gallery from 1867 to 1869 at the village of Delhi in Delaware County, New York. Logo for the Byron R. Johnson Art Gallery. Author's Collection. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Byron R. Johnson arrived at the village of Delhi circa 1867. He purchased the photograp...
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Otto Hillig – New Photographs

November 18, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Otto Hillig can be considered one of the great photographers in Catskills history. Arriving from Germany in the United States as a poor teenage immigrant he took on a series of odd jobs before developing a prosperous photography business at his adopted hometown in the village of Liberty in Sullivan County, New York. He operated a well-regarded port...
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A Look Back in Catskills Photography: Generous Feller

November 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The following newspaper article was published in the January 28, 1862 issue of the Bloomville Mirror. “The question before the meeting is this: If a feller, what is a feller, and his gal, are about to parted for a time, and they propose to exchange daguerreotypes, and for that purpose the feller goes with his gal to the daguerreotype shop, and i...
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A Look Back in Catskills Photography: Poetic Opening of the Van Kleek Gallery in Delhi

November 07, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The following advertisement was published in the May 16, 1865 issue of the Bloomville Mirror to announce the opening of the Van Kleek Gallery at the village of Delhi in Delaware County, New York. “DID YOU KNOW that VAN KLEEK had opened a Photograph Gallery at Delhi, over Page’s Jewelry Store, and that he takes beautiful Pictures? Reader, just...
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E. C. Riggs – Delhi, NY Photographer

October 31, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
E. C. Riggs was an “Ambrotype Artist” at the village of Delhi in Delaware County, New York for four years from 1856 to 1859. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ An early photographer at the village of Delhi in Delaware County was E. C. Riggs, “Ambrotype Artist.” Riggs operated in rooms over...
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Catskills, Then and Now: Hanford Mills Museum

October 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Route 12, East Meredith, Delaware County The 70-acre Hanford Mills site, located on Kortright Creek in East Meredith, was first established in 1846 and later purchased by David Josiah Hanford in 1860. The mill complex, including a sawmill, gristmill, feed mill, woodworking shop, feed store and hardware store, would grow to become one of the larg...
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In Memory of Frank D. Layman, Hero of South Mountain

October 22, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The Frank D. Layman monument is located on South Mountain along the blue-marked Escarpment Trail in the North Lake area. It is located a short distance from Kaaterskill Falls and is accessible only by foot. The site offers a commanding view of upper Kaaterskill Clove as it faces towards Twilight Park and the distant Hunter Mountain. Just below the...
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Twilight Park, Fall Colors

October 20, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Twilight Park is a private residential community located at the head of Kaaterskill Clove near the village of Haines Falls in the northern Catskills. It offers dramatic views of Kaaterskill Clove, Haines Falls and the Hudson River. Charles Wingate, a journalist and civil/sanitary engineer, founded the park on land purchased from Charles Haines,...
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Catskills, Then and Now: John Burroughs and His Boyhood Rock

October 17, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Born and raised in Roxbury, John Burroughs (1837-1921) would grow from his humble roots to become a famous author and naturalist. He authored 27 books, that sold over 1 ½ million copies, as well as numerous magazine essays. Burroughs’ most popular writings became generally known as the nature essay. The nature essay relied on Burroughs’ astute obse...
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Catskills, Then and Now: Reed Street Historic District, Coxsackie

October 10, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The Reed Street Historic District in Coxsackie is scenically located on the west bank of the Hudson River. The historic district has been known by several different names including Reed’s Landing, Coxsackie Middle Landing, Coxsackie Landing and now simply Coxsackie. Although it is hard to see today the Coxsackie village, like its sister cities of A...
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Kaaterskill Clove, Fall Colors

October 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Kaaterskill Clove is a deep gorge that cuts through the northern Catskills Mountains, with the village of Palenville located at the base of the Clove and the village of Haines Falls located at its head. The clove is formed by Kaaterskill and Lake Creeks, with the gorge cutting as deep as 2,500 feet in places. South Mountain forms the north wall...
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Catskills, Then and Now: Senate House Museum

October 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The Senate House Museum in the historic Stockade District of Kingston was constructed in 1927 to help display the growing historical collection of the adjacent Senate House. The museum contains a large collection of documents, drawings and paintings, including paintings of Kingston native and noted painter John Vanderlyn (1775-1852) as well as thos...
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