The Mountain Top Historical Society is dedicated to discovering , preserving, interpreting and sharing the unique and rich history of the Mountain Top region in Greene County, NY. The Society is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1974 and engages in activities and programs that enrich understanding and foster appreciation of the Catskill High peaks.  We encourage the study and preservation of the Mountain Top’s art, literature, history, culture, folklore, legends in a variety of ways.

  • Annual  Open House – Free event featuring entertainment, lectures and exhibits held  on the fourth Saturday in August on the MTHS campus.
  • Educational Programs – We maintain an on-going collaboration with our local schools to help students understand the history of the area.
  • The Hemlock – Our quarterly publication includes historical sketches, updates on our activities and other areas of interest to our members.
  • The Popular Hiking Series –  May-October  MTHS’ seasoned hike leaders explore the region, enriching  the hiking experience with local folklore and history.
  • Scholarly Resource – Materials and information have been supplied to writers and researchers from  the National Geographic, The New York Times, the Smithsonian and other publications.
  • Summer Lectures – Monthly programs feature experts on interesting topics such as the grand hotels, railroads, native Americans and indigenous plant and animal life.
  • Workshops – Conducted by scholars and professionals in genealogy, the humanities and other areas of interest.

To contact us by mail:

The Mountain Top Historical Society
P. O. Box 263
Haines Falls, NY 12436

MTHS Officers and Directors


Vice President and Acting Chairperson: Adrienne Larys

Corporate Secretary: Dede Thorpe

Treasurer: Peter Swords

Membership Secretary: Joanne Ainsworth


Terms expiring in 2020: Joanne Ainsworth, Richard Haines, Cyndi LaPierre, Moe Lemire, Johanna Titus, Elaine Warfield

Terms expiring in 2021: Lynn Carlson, John Curran, Debbie Fromer, Mara Lehmann, Peter Swords, Dede Thorpe, Art Fries

Terms expiring in 2022: Brett Byrne, Steph Monteleone, Bob Gildersleeve, Adrienne Larys, Gary Slutzky, George VanDyke