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Welcome to the only website dedicated to the history of the Town of Middletown, located in Delaware County, in the Central Catskill Mountains of New York State.

Our Town includes eight villages and hamlets: Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Arkville, Dunraven, Halcottsville, Kelly Corners, hsmsignsizedNew 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. You’ll find capsule histories and photographs of all  of them on the Communities page.

This site is also the “home” of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM). Formed in 2004, HSM has grown from 40 founding members, to an organization of more than 100 history lovers who enjoy and support our programs and preservation projects. 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 invite you to tour the site and appreciate the rich heritage of our beautiful Town. Come back often to see what “new” history has been posted since your last visit!

Help us raise the roof!

Our hall needs a new roof and we need your assistance.

Buy a shingle for $10 or a whole bundle for $500! Your tax-deductible donation made through PayPal will help assure that history will continue to be presented and honored in Middletown.

Thank you!

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