Historical Society of Middletown

Town of Middletown, Delaware County, NY

Welcome to the home of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM)

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 the villages, hamlets and the contiguous area of Middletown:
The Town of Middletown, in eastern Delaware County, includes two incorporated Villages, Margaretville and Fleischmanns; several hamlets — Arkville, Dunraven, Halcottsville, Kelly Corners, and New Kingston; and outlying settlements with their own unique histories — Redkill/Bedell, Millbrook, Dry Brook and the Denver Valley.

Because history doesn’t always follow political boundaries, HSM also collects and preserves stories and historic materials from contiguous towns — Roxbury and Andes in Delaware County, Hardenburgh and Shandaken in Ulster County, and Halcott in Greene County (which can only be reached through Delaware County). And of course we seek to preserve the heritage of a Middletown community that is no more — Arena, lost more than half a century ago to the Pepacton Reservoir.

Please support the campaign for a Middletown History Center!

Recent Updates…

Recent Press Releases

Building update, new trustees highlight annual meeting

Two new trustees – Alana Siegel of New Kingston and Michael Fairbairn of Millbrook – were elected to the Board of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown at its 18th Annual Meeting October 22. Long-time HSM President Diane Galusha was also re-elected to a...

Rare books program October 22

A family Bible worth $350,000. A first-edition classic found at a flea market. A 500-year-old German book of woodprints stored under a bed for 40 years. Mark Twain’s personal book collection, many with penciled comments, questions and witticisms, stashed in barrels in...

New Kingston photographs of Irene Fay Oct. 1

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will revisit a unique time in New Kingston Valley history, one documented by photographer Irene Fay, in an illustrated talk Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at the New Kingston Presbyterian Church. “World of my own: The New...

Cauliflower Festival is Sept. 24

The 18th Cauliflower Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 to 4 in Margaretville’s Village Park, sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. Pure Catskills, the Catskill Forest Association and the Historical Society of Middletown will be key...

Observations & Discoveries

In The Prime of Their Lives

In The Prime of Their Lives

Young people in the prime of their lives are reflected in these undated portraits, c. 1870, from an album scanned by Steven Morse. The cigar-smoking men are cousins Eugene Crosby and William M. Bellows and the women are Will’s sisters, Sarah Idell Bellows and Orrie...

WARK: Home-grown TV

WARK: Home-grown TV

WARK: Home-grown TV Back in the Dark Ages, before you could whip out your cell phone, shoot some video and in an instant post it on the internet for all the world to see, there was ‘local access’ cable television. In the Margaretville-Arkville area, it was known as...

Home from The War

Home from The War

Orville Baker led an ordinary life. One of six kids in an ordinary family who grew up in an ordinary town, his death was ordinary, too, for the times. Orville succumbed in 1918 to pneumonia in the murderous worldwide influenza pandemic while serving with thousands of...

2022 Calendar

JUNE 4-5
6th Annual Relic Hunt

9th Living History Cemetery Tour

Guided Tour of Pepacton Cemetery

Family Day a the Old Stone Schoolhouse

18th Annual Cauliflower Festival

“World of My Own: The New Kingston Photographs of Irene Fay”

Horseshoe History Hike

Annual Meeting and Luncheon


Middletown Family Farms, c. 1950

Middletown Family Farms, c. 1950

This map was produced by Ira McIntosh who in 2006 worked with local elders in each section of town to identify the locations of dairy farms that were operating in the late 1940s-early 1950s. It shows 187 family farms. In 2015, there were just two dairy farms still...

Obituary For a Newspaper: History As It Happened

Obituary For a Newspaper: History As It Happened

HISTORY AS IT HAPPENED A program presented by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown on August 12, 2017, and posted on its website March 27, 2020 in tribute to the Catskill Mountain News which ceased publication January 15, 2020. INTRODUCTIONA weekly...

Images of Historic Arkville

Images of Historic Arkville

Take a look at these wonderful pdf documents of historic Arkville photos! Enjoy this peek back in history — 138 photos are divided in to 5 pdf documents to help speed up your download time!

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Our Town

Civil War Soldiers

History Links


“Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.”

W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand

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