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Area attractions unite historic buildings and classic rural life with quirky cultural happenings and establishments that reflect the passions and personalities of their proprietors. Come to the Great Western Catskills to experience a classical concert in a barn; explore old cemeteries and historic school houses; or indulge in jazz at a historic church along a dirt back road. The list goes on with Civil War reenactments, vintage baseball games, arts workshops and programs, book readings with local authors, staged train robberies and gallery openings. You won’t soon forget these authentic Catskills experiences.

If you're a history buff, visit Power of History for historic sites and activities!

  • Over The Border

    Bleinheim/Gilboa Visitors Center (NY Power Authority Visitor Center)

    Are you looking for a way to combine education with outdoor fun? Then plan a visit to the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in North Blenheim, just 40 miles southwest of Albany on the Schoharie Creek in the northern Catskill Mountains. Our power project and admission-free Visitors Center have a deliberately low profile amidst spectacular scenery, historic settings and a developed state park. 

    Lansing Manor, 1378 State Highway 30
    North Blenheim 12131
    Samantha Clark
    Phone: 800-724-0309
  • Over The Border

    Brewery Ommegang

    In October of 1997, not far from the birthplace of baseball, ground was broken for what was to become America's most unique microbrewery. Based on traditional Belgian farmhouse architecture and set on a former hop farm in upstate New York, Brewery Ommegang was born with the philosophy that truly unique ales must be built from the ground up. Now brewing five award-winning Belgian-style ales and offering daily tours and tastings, plus a full calendar of special events, Brewery Ommegang is the place where brewing is an art and partaking is a passion.

    656 County Hwy 33
    Cooperstown 13326
    Phone: 607-544-1800
  • Catskill Scenic Route 30

    From Hancock to Grand Gorge, Catskill Scenic Route 30 follows the East Branch of the Delaware River through 5 towns; HancockColchesterAndesMiddletownRoxbury and their many villages and hamlets. Along the entire route, bluestone quarrying, logging and farming were historically the most important industries and continue to be important today. Easily accessible via Exit 90 from Route 17 (soon to be I-86), Route 30 in Delaware County passes through 61 miles of beautiful hills and valleys, passing many historical sites, and offering many attractions and recreational activities through all four seasons of the year.

    PO Box 97
    Downsville 13755
    Caroline Martin
  • Delaware & Ulster Rail Road

    The Delaware and Ulster is an excursion train that combines railroad nostalgia with scenic rides through New York’s legendary Catskill Mountains. Saturdays and Sundays Memorial weekend through the end of October, and Columbus Day. Thursday through Sunday from 4th July weekend through Labor Day weekend. Trains depart at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM for a one hour and fifty three minute round trip to Roxbury and back to Arkville. The fare is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children ages 3-12. Children under 3 ride for free.

    43510 State Highway 28
    Arkville 12406
    Dave Riorden
    Phone: 800-225-4132
  • Delaware County Historical Association

    The Gideon Frisbee Homestead was constructed in 1790 for Judge Gideon Frisbvee. The house is a fine example of early Federal architecture with noteworthy features including the original grained woodwork in the tavern room, a parlor fireplace with flanking arches, large Christian Cross doors and nine-over-nine paned windows containing much of the original blown glass. The property features 6 historic buildings in additional to the Frisbee house, including a blacksmith shop, the Husted Hollow school house, the Amos Wood gun shop, tollgate, Frisbee Family Cemetery and nature trail. The museum hosts historical exhibitions and special events throughout the year.

    46549 State Highway 10
    Delhi 13753
    Tim Duerden
    Phone: 607-746-3849
  • Deposit Historical Museum

    We are located in the village of Deposit, NY, just off route 17 in the Catskill Mountains. Our Museum is open to the public from 2 -- 4 PM on Thursdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend until mid-October. Admission is free. Museum staff are available year round on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM until Noon.

    145 Second Street
    Deposit 13754
    Richard Axtell
    Phone: 607-467-4422
  • Eagle River Valley

    The Eagle River Valley promotes activities within Hancock, Deposit and Windsor, NY. This beautiful corridor between the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers is a wonderful destination for a family vacation.  With parks and trails, rivers and lakes, all of nature and outdoor fun is at your fingertips.  Less than 3 hours from Manhattan or points surrounding, you can make a long day of it or bring the family for a weekend getaway.

    PO Box 432
    Windsor 13865
    Sue Riley Rambo
    Phone: 800-900-2363
  • Over The Border

    Farmers Museum

    The staff members of The Farmers’ Museum and NYSHA combine their talents and energies in a friendly, engaging manner to cultivating an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture. 

    5775 State Route 80
    Cooperstown 13326
    Todd Kenyon
    Phone: 888-547-1450
  • Hancock Cinemas

    Hancock Cinemas is a Movie Theater located in Hancock, NY. The newly renovated theatres boast 2 state of the art digital projects. The Hancock Cinemas Cineplex is comprised of two theatres, a 150 seat cinema and 300 seat cinema. The concession stand offers a variety of snacks, drinks, and of course hot fresh buttered pop corn. 

    533 West Front Street Hancock, NY
    Hancock 13783
    Phone: (607) 637-3456
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    Hanford Mills Museum

    Hanford Mills Museum, listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, is one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills in the country. The historic site features mill tours of the working sawmill, gristmill and woodworking factory, the John Hanford Farmhouse (which recreates home life in the 1920s), and other buildings. Visitors can explore the nature and rail trails that wind through the Museums 70-acre site and are welcome to picnic beside the millpond. The Museum also features a gift shop with Mill-made crafts, books and local products. A full schedule of Hanford Mills festivals, workshops, childrens activities, and lectures is available on the website. The Museum is open Wednesday -Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, May 15th - October 15 as well as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Admission: Adults and teens: $9.00 Seniors: $7.00 Children 12 and younger are free.

    51 County Route 12
    East Meredith 13757
    Liz Callahan
    Phone: 607-278-5744
  • Historical Society of Middletown

    The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown is a non-profit membership organization chartered by the New York State Education Department in 2005. For the first several years, we held programs at various locations throughout the town, and in January of 2012 took ownership of a building and seven acres on Cemetery Road, Margaretville, given to us by the New Kingston Valley Grange. Exhibits, programs and special functions are now held there.

    778 Cemetery Road
    Margaretville 12455
    Phone: 845-586-4973
  • John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge

    Visit Woodchuck Lodge, summer retreat of the famed naturalist John Burroughs, and then stop by Boyhood Rock where there is an exhibit on the life and works of John Burroughs as well as hiking trails and a picnic area. The Lodge is open for guided tours the first weekend of each month from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 to 3.

    1633 Burroughs Memorial Road
    Roxbury 12474
  • Over The Border

    Joseph L. Popp Butterfly Conservatory

    Inside the 3000 square foot area that was once the indoor swimming pool of the former Stone House Farm, you'll be drawn into an enchanting world of tropical free flying butterflies, exotic plants, birds, frogs, tortoises and more. Chances are you may have one of the grandiose butterflies land on you and go for a ride. Outdoor gardens with cafe open late spring through September. Butterfly house open year round - closed Mondays. 2008 rates: Adults $9; kids and seniors $7; college students with ID $750.

    5802 State Highway 7
    Oneonta 13820
    Christine Ryan
    Phone: 607-435-1147
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    Northeast Classic Car Museum

    Over 160 vehicles on display! Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m..

    24 Rexford Street
    Norwich 13815
    Phone: 607-334-2886
  • Skene Memorial Library

    Browse our collection of regional and state history books, review local development issues in the periodicals section, bone up on your favorite hobby—be it gardening, woodwork, quilting—or just kick back and enjoy a good novel or biography.

    The library has long been known as a special place for “vacation” reading. Popular selections include many titles from the New York Times’ Best Seller List, a well-stocked fiction and non-fiction collection, and a popular reference room. The Skene also boasts an outstanding children’s collection.

    On the grounds, a memorial to Fleischmanns’ Veterans of War is located to the left of the library’s front entrance. The library is the centerpiece of Main Street and makes a convenient place to begin a walking tour of the town.

    During summer, the Fleischmanns Museum of Memories, located in an adjacent carriage barn, serves to acquaint tourists with the town’s historic role as a resort colony. The museum also contains records useful to genealogy research.

    1017 Main Street
    Fleischmanns 12430
    Phone: 845-254-4581
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    Treadwell Stagecoach Run Art Festival

    Celebrating their 20th year, July 5th and 6th, 2015.  Artists will open their homes, studios & galleries to the public along the route of the Old Stagecoach Road. All artists will be available and we look forward to meeting you and discussing our work. Here is an opportunity to see a large variety of professional work and to come home with a piece of art that you will treasure forever. Please look for our yellow numbered signs, and have a wonderful time!

    Treadwell Road
    Treadwell 13846
    Michelle Fisher