Local History, Catskills & Sullivan County

My Town Coloring Book

My Town:  A Coloring Book of History

A collaboration of local artists created this children’s book of historic scenes from the Town of Neversink. Includes great historical information and a town map, 29 pages.



Time and the Valley Book

Time and the Valley:  Story of the Upper Rondout and Neversink Valleys

This wonderful book thoroughly covers the history of the valleys from Colonial times through the building of the reservoirs.  Includes many historical photos, maps and reproduced documents.  Indexed, 174 pages.




Logo Coffee Mug

Purchase a mug and support the Museum.  Not dishwasher safe.




Voices from the Valley CD

Listen to the story of life as it was in the five lost communities told by those who saw it happen.  Get a glimpse of what it was like growing up in the Rondout and Neversink valleys.




Old Neversink (CD ROM)

A CD with information on the Town of Neversink!  Contents:  Neversink genealogy, Eugene Cross’ 1910 Diary, Neversink chapters from Quinlan’s “History of Sullivan County” (1873) and Child’s “Gazetter and Business Directory” (1872), old photos and ephemera “before the reservoir”, maps and indexes.



Heart of Catskills

The Heart of the Catskills

The story of an often neglected region centering on Slide Mountain.  It includes information on the earliest settlers, tanneries, visits of famous people, the Ulster & Delaware Railroad and the dawn of the tourism era and Grand Hotel.  By Bob Steuding, 150 pages, illustrated.



Old Stone Walls

Old Stone Walls:  Catskill Land and Lore

Left by previous generations, stone walls are followed today by land surveyors researching old deeds.  This is one land surveyor’s narrative who also found people, vistas and experiences worth remembering.  By Norman J. Van Valkenburgh, 109 pages, illustrated.




The Catskills

In the spring of 1917, T. Morris Longstreth set off on a journey of discovery through the Catskill Mountains. Longstreth’s ramble was a four-hundred-mile hike for "fun and fish and freedom" filled with chance encounters and colorful characters, providing rare, early-1900s impressions of the villages along the way: like Woodstock, Windham, Hunter, Stamford, Grand Gorge, Roxbury, Palenville, Phoenicia, Peekamoose, Bullrun, Sundown and Claryville.  By T. Morris Longstreth, foreword by Edward J. Renehan, Jr., 336 pages, 33 photographs, map, index.


Catskill Mountain Bluestone

Catskill Mountain Bluestone

The material for this book comes from a two-year documentation project on bluestone and logging industries in the Catskills, conducted for the Folk Life Program of the Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton.  By Alf Evers, Robert Titus and Tim Weidner, 47 pages, illustrated.


Trail Guide

Catskill Mountain House Trail Guide: In the Footsteps of the Hudson River School

Featuring newly drawn maps, GPS coordinates, precise modern trail descriptions, 19th-century descriptions and dozens of period illustrations, this book guides the reader along the historic footpaths of writers and poets like James Fenimore Cooper and William Cullen Bryant, artists of the Hudson River School like Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, and Frederic Church, and landscape architects Calvert Vaux, Andrew Jackson Downing, and Frederic Law Olmsted. It includes Samuel Rusk’s 1879 map of the Catskills, and “An Illustrated Guide to the Catskill Mountains” and Van Loan’s classic “Catskill Mountain Guide.” By Robert A. Gildersleeve, 240 pages, maps and illustrations.



Catskill Park

The Catskill Park:  Inside the Blue Line

A history of the park and forest preserve from its roots in the early conservation movement of the 19th century, through political intrigue and maneuvering in the state capitol, to the present day park that is home to tens of thousands of residents. By J  Van Valkenburgh and Christopher W. Olney, 208 pages, maps, numerous photos and illustrations, including a 32 page color section.  It also includes a survey and inventory of the Catskills taken in 1886.


Waterfall Guide

Catskill Region Waterfall Guide – Cool Cascades of the Catskills and Shawangunks

Dunn guides the reader to more than 70 waterfalls including some of New York’s most famous cascades.  He provides detailed directions, maps, historical and anecdotal accounts, and vintage postcards. Waterfall adventures for every level of ability include wilderness treks and roadside views, even a kayak paddle through a secluded chasm.  By Russell Dunn, 248 pages, maps and illustrations.




Picturesque Catskills – 165 Pages

This classic turn-of-the-century pictorial work on Greene County townships contains over 600 black and white original illustrations, and a horseback travelogue of the back roads including interviews and bits of history. Never before or since has the architecture, people, and their various occupations been documented in such detail.  By Richard Lionel DeLisser with an introduction by Alf Evers, 165 pages. 


Unbroken Thread

The Unbroken Thread: A History of
Quiltmaking in the Catskills

The first illustrated history of the art of quiltmaking as practiced from colonial times to the present in the five counties of the Catskills.  By Steve Hoare, 250 pages, 65 photographs.



Why the Wilderness is called Adirondack

By Henry Dornburgh, 32 pages, illustrated.


Fond Memories

Fond Memories:  Northern Sullivan County, New York, It’s History and Lore

Covering the Hardenbergh Patent, Dr. Edward Livingston, the Anti-Rent War, the O&W Railroad, tourism’s heyday, the acid factories, schools, shops and country life.  By Shirley Tempel Fulton, 130 pages, illustrated.




Retrospect:  An Anecdotal History of Sullivan County, New York

A look back at Sullivan County’s rich and colorful history.  Three railroads, a canal, dozens of industries, hundreds of hotels, famous stars of sport and screen and infamous gangsters who lived and died here. By John Conway, 148 pages, illustrated.




Sullivan County Tales and Sketches

Crane’s earliest published pieces, all about Sullivan County, reveal the beginnings of his development as a writer and the themes that later develop into his famous novels.  By Stephen Crane, edited with an introduction by R.W. Stallman, 151 pages.



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