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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

    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
  • 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
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    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
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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
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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
  • Russell's General Store

    Currently Russell's is one of only two stores in Bovina, and the only one that serves as both a sandwhich shop and general store.

    The building is owned by the Bovina Historical Society and Beatriz Sohni is the proptietor. One can buy gas, gift certificates, groceries, clothes, knickknacks, souvenirs and much more. Also, have lunch and look at the Bovina Historical Society's artifacts. Many products in the store are locally made or grown. There are knitted blankets, eggs, meats and locally produced arts and crafts.

    2099 County Route 6
    Phone: 607-832-4242
  • 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
  • The Round Barn

    From mid-May through mid-October area farmers and artisans gather to share their creativity and bounty at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market. Located at the historic Round Barn on Route 30 Halcottsville (approximately 5 miles north of Arkville/Margaretville) the market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    46676 State Highway 30
    Halcottsville 12438
    Phone: 845-586-3326
  • Walton Historical Society

    The Walton Historical Society is open to the public every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Please visit our extensive collection. We have events through out the year. Genealogy and research is not done during event hours.

    9 Townsend Street
    Walton 13865
    Phone: 607-865-5895