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Welcome to the home of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) and the only website dedicated to the history of our town, located in Delaware County, in the Central Catskill Mountains of New York State.

HSM is dedicated to preserving the heritage of eight villages and hamlets and the contiguous area: Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Arkville, Dunraven, Halcottsville, Kelly Corners, New Kingston and Redkill/Bedell, as well as a community that is no more – Arena, lost more than half a century ago to the Pepacton Reservoir.

The Margaretville Covered Bridge, which spanned the East Branch of the Delaware River on Bridge Street from the 1860s until 1933, is our logo, symbolic of the ‘bridge’ we hope to make between the past and our contemporary lives.

We have assembled, through donations and purchase, a remarkable collection of original materials encompassing the 200-year history of our area. We are working to develop an archives facility to house, interpret and share these materials, which range from photographs and diaries to business ledgers and deeds.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN FOR A MIDDLETOWN HISTORY CENTER and SAVE OUR STORIES.

 

WE ARE BUILDING HISTORY, and we invite you to be part of the campaign to create a history center for Middletown!

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“Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.”  W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand