Andes Hunting Tavern Museum
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. The organization’s headquarters is the Hunting Tavern Museum, a circa 1800 restored tavern which played an important role in the Anti-Rent Wars of the 1840’s. The tavern served as the Uprenters’ headquarters for the area surrounding Andes and it was here that Delaware County Undersheriff Osman Steele, when questioned about his safety during an upcoming tax sale, uttered the words “Lead cannot penetrate Steele” which were proved wrong later that afternoon of August 7, 1845, when he was mortally wounded while trying to sell the cattle of tenant farmer Moses Earle on Dingle hill. His body was brought back to this tavern until it could be taken to Delhi for burial. Restored in 1999, the Tavern houses permanent exhibits on lthe Anti-Rent War, ocal dairying, tools that built the town and a room dedicated to the communities of Pepacton, Shavertown, Union Grove and Arena that were taken by the construction of the Pepacton Reservoir in the early 1950’s. Currently the East Branch Plein Air Painters are showing their works in the museum gallery.
The Parthenia Davis Gift Shop offers a variety of publications by local authors as well as Hunting Tavern Souvenirs. The Tavern is open for tours every Saturday, Memorial Day through Columbus Day from 10-3.
For more information, visit their website.