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.

October 12 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. 6th Annual HikefestPlans for our contribution to the Lark in the Park can be found HERE and on our blog page as the highly anticipated event comes in to clear view. Register by calling MTHS at (518)589-6657 (leave name/phone number/# in party) or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See details of these events and our Full Schedule: 2019 Event and Hike Schedule.

The Heximer Survey courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia

An 1883 Survey brings the Hotel Kaaterskill to life.



MTHS News and links:

  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.

After you come back from the MTHS hike to the Hotel Kaaterskill site on May 11, you may want head down to this event for the Coxsackie Historic Preservation Committee:
AN EVENING OF MYSTERY, MAYHEM AND MURDER at Pegasus Restaurant on Route 9W in Coxsackie.Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Reservations required: CALL 518-731-8084.