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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!

  • Andes Society for History and Culture

    The Andes Society for History and Culture is a not for profit educational corporation established in 1975 for the purpose of promoting the history of Andes and the surrounding area and to provide diverse educational and cultural programming. It is located in the historic village of Andes, NY in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.

    PO Box 455
    Andes 13731
    Jim Andrews
    Phone: 845-676-3775
  • Over The Border

    Baseball Hall of Fame

    The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent, non-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime.

    25 Main Street
    Cooperstown 13326
    Bradford Horn
    Phone: 888-hall-of-fame
  • Over The Border

    Bellearye Music Festival

    Music under the stars!! Enjoy performances all summer long, under the tent or on the lawn. Located at Overlook Lodge at Belleayre Ski Center.

    PO Box 198
    Highmount 12441
    Phone: 845-254-5600 x1344
  • 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
  • Bright Hill Press & Literary Center

    Word and Image Gallery, at Bright Hill is a gallery dedicated to the integration of language and visual art. Bright Hill hosts the Speaking the Words Festivals and Tours featuring more than 400 writers and offer writing and the visual arts to more than 600 children and 300 adults in its popular Word Thursdays Literary Workshops for Kids and Adults. Visit us on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings and other event times.

    94 Church Street
    Treadwell 13846
    Phone: 607-829-5055
  • Catskill Community Players

    The Catskill Community Players is a community theater group founded in 1974 with the purpose of “promoting and presenting theater in the community”. Based in upstate New York’s Delaware County, its membership is drawn from the communities of South Kortright, Hobart, Stamford, Jefferson, Delhi, Franklin, Oneonta, and surrounding areas.

    PO Box 135
    Hobart 13788
    Phone: 607-652-7514
  • 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
  • Erpf Gallery at the Catskill Center

    The Catskill Center's Erpf Gallery forms the centerpiece of a historic building in the hamlet of Arkville in the western Catskills. The gallery hosts shows through out the year featuring Catskill artists. It also runs an artist in residence program in the summer.

    43355 State Highway 28
    Arkville 12406
    Alan White
    Phone: 845-586-2611
  • 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
  • Franklin Stage Company

    The company was founded on the principle that great theatre should be accessible to all. Our character is rooted in, and defined by, our Free Admission policy. We believe that theatre is not only a literary art, but also a popular one; we draw our inspiration from the fairground and the circus, the music hall and the street. We love to clown wildly in tragedy; to expose the tragic in comedy; to ignite the absurd within the profound. We strive to bring great stories to life on our stage.

    25 Institute Street - Chapel Hall
    Franklin 13775
    Carmela Marner
    Phone: 607-829-3700
  • Friends of Music

    Come to the Queen of the Catskills for music in the mountains. Each season is a very fine one. From cello-piano duos, to brass quintets to fine piano recitals. Please join us on one Sunday afternoon each month for this wonderful music in the serene setting of the Cyr Center's gallery.

    PO Box 295
    Stamford 12167
    Phone: 607-746-7163
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    Glimmerglass Opera

    The Glimmerglass Festival continues its tradition of four new fully staged productions, including three operas and one work of American musical theater --performed with full orchestra, large cast and no sound amplification. These four productions are supplemented by special performances, concerts, lectures and symposiums throughout the season. 

    PO Box 191
    Cooperstown 13326
    Patricia Kavanagh
    Phone: 607-547-2255
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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
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    Honest Brook Music Festival

    Founded in 1989 The Honest Brook Music Festival is committed to presenting outstanding young musicians and well-known artists of the highest caliber in classical music performance.The Festival's Summer Series is held in a preserved dairy barn in an idyllic rural setting in the Western Catskills. Its Winter Season is held in private homes re-creating the setting in which much of the classical repertoire was originally performed.

    1921 Honest Brook Road
    Delhi 13753
    Michael Cannon
    Phone: 607-746-3770
  • 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
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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
  • Sidney Historical Museum

    We are located in the Sidney Civic Center on the 2nd Floor - Rm. 218. Regular Museum Hours: Wednesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm Thursdays 9:00am - 11:30am or also open by appointment.

    21 Liberty Street
    Sidney 13838
    Phone: 607-563-2542
  • 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