Welcome to the MTHS website
The Mountain Top Historical Society is dedicated to discovering and preserving the unique and rich history of the Catskill High Peaks. The Society is a not-for-profit organization and maintains a Visitor and Art Trail Center and the Ulster and Delaware train depot (shown above) on our campus in Haines Falls. We are located on scenic Route 23A at the gateway to the Mountain Top and are easily accessible from Exit 20 or 21 of the New York State Thruway.
The Town of Hunter, home to MTHS, has been designated a Preserve America Community.
Thanks to all who rescued our puppet theater - see below.
Our Next Events:
Did anyone at our postcard show on Saturday September 14 find a real photo postcard of the Catskill Mountain House? -- Correction: John tells us that the missing card was of the Laurel House. -- The card, in a plastic sleeve, became detached from a display board as the board was being moved from our train station to our visitors' center at the close of the show shortly after 3:00 p.m. The card is from the private collection of John Duda, the organizer of the show. Please leave a message at (518) 589-6657.
October 11 (Fri) 7:00 p.m. Train Station Ice Age Talk Robrt & Johanna Titus in the U&D Train Station. Writers, Robert and Johanna Titus, introduce their newest book “The Catskills in the Ice Age.” It’s a greatly expanded and revised version of a book first published in 1996.
See details of these events and our Full Schedule: 2019 Event and Hike Schedule.
The Heximer Survey courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia
MTHS News and links:
- Rip's Back
- KRT is Open
- Clove Road by Justine Hommel -A 2006 article by Justine Hommel.
- The Dodd House - Also by Justine an article from the archives of the Hemlock
- Around Hunter --A great Gift for a friend or yourself-- is available at the Visitor's Center Click on the link or the book cover for more information.
- Larry Tompkins -- Out Windham Way a wonderful new book from our former MTHS president.
From our Archives -
Follow the "From Our Archives" link in the "Preserve" menu on the right to see information about some of the items in our Justine Hommel Archive Room.
Included are posts on:
one of several letters from Civil War soldier William Young. Donated by Odile Dwyer.
A collection of glass plate negatives. The gift of Shirley and Gerald Dunn See details here.