1950s Middletown farming at Cauliflower Festival

A look back at the mid-20th century when there were nearly 200 family farms in the Town of Middletown will be offered in the History Tent at the Cauliflower Festival Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 to 4 in Margaretville Village Park.

Sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, the tent will feature an exhibit that highlights farming in the 1950s. A numbered map of the town, created ten years ago with input from several area elders pinpointing the locations of some 188 farms, is accompanied by a key with the names of farm owners. Photos from the era will also be on display.

An exhibit on the history of the cauliflower industry in the region will once again be mounted.

The eagerly anticipated DVD of the Fifth Annual Living History Cemetery Tour, held in June at Halcott Cemetery, will be available for purchase.

A sales table of glassware, home decor, history books and other items will help raise funds for HSM, as will ticket sales for a “Lottery Tree” raffle. The winner of $100 worth of Lottery tickets will be drawn at the end of the festival.