Recent Press Releases

HSM offers headstone cleaning

Memorial Day is right around the corner and the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown wants to help you pay tribute to your loved ones by offering a unique headstone cleaning service. A team of HSM volunteers is ready to clean monuments at cemeteries in and around Middletown this spring, using a safe and […]

Secrets of Kelly Hollow revealed

Secrets of Kelly Hollow revealed

Renowned forest historian Dr. Michael Kudish will lead a hike on State trails at Kelly Hollow in the Millbrook valley Saturday, May 15 to reconstruct his search for a massive though short-lived sawmill and railroad. “Secrets of Kelly Hollow,” sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, will feature a 3.5 to 4-mile […]

2021 Cemetery Tour Cast Named

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown has announced the cast for its 8th Living History Cemetery Tour to be held July 10, 2021 at Margaretville Cemetery. A total of 15 people will appear in this year’s event, which will be produced with Covid precautions, including audience distancing and mask wearing by everyone except […]

HSM seeks historic materials

Are you moving, downsizing or simply cleaning house? Not sure what to do with the interesting old stuff you’ve found in boxes, desks or in the attic? Don’t toss it! The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) welcomes donations of historic materials to add to its new archives in Margaretville. The interim archives, […]

VanBenschoten house and boarding house, c. 1890, is now Margaretville Mountain Innn

Marker to be unveiled at ag history site

The annual Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville will not be held September 26 due to the Covid pandemic, but the weekend will nonetheless feature the unveiling of a historic marker at the site where the region’s cauliflower industry first took root. The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), in collaboration with Margaretville Mountain Inn, […]

Middletown’s Stone School House marks Bicentennial

Middletown’s Stone School House marks Bicentennial

The Stone School House, a classic one-room school that once rang with the chatter of children, the stern commands of teachers, and the prayers and song of Sunday worship, is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2020! The Dunraven landmark, which is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is located two miles […]

Speaker Marilyn Mayes Kaltenborn, age 6

Annual meeting features Fleischmanns talk

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will hold its annual meeting and luncheon Saturday, Oct. 26 at noon. Marilyn Mayes Kaltenborn will be the featured speaker, with a talk on “Growing up in Fleischmanns in the 1950s and ‘60s.” Space is limited. Reserve your spot by October 20 ($20 per person) by […]

1895 Victorian

Autumn History Stroll is Oct. 6 in Margaretville

A leisurely walk in the Village of Margaretville on Sunday, Oct. 6 will combine the season’s colors with some local history at an event to benefit the Historical Society of Middletown (HSM) Building Fund. The Autumn History Stroll from 1 to 4 p.m. will be an easy walking tour covering about a half mile with […]

Little Don Kelly with a very big head of cauliflower

16th Annual Cauliflower Festival is Sept. 21

The 16th Annual Cauliflower Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 to 4 in Margaretville’s Village Park, sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. This family-friendly festival features a tractor parade (11:30 a.m.), a tent full of farmers and local producers, a petting zoo, pony rides, kids activities, history exhibits and music […]

Vendors, tractors sought for Cauliflower Fest

The 16th Annual Cauliflower Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 in Margaretville’s Village Park, and there is still room for vendors! Tractors, too! Businesses, artists, craftspeople, food purveyors and non-profit organizations are welcome. Find vendor forms at The festival runs from 10 to 4 and traditionally attracts hundreds of people. For more information, […]