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

The Catskills in a Basket!

This treasure trove of items made in or about the Catskills is the HSM raffle item this year. “A Tisket, a Tasket: The Catskills in a Basket” was assembled by fundraising volunteers Jackie Purdy, Anne Sanford and Marilyn Pitetti. The large wicker laundry basket...

Theater photos, memorabilia sought

The Galli-Curci Theater in downtown Margaretville turns 100 this year and organizers of an anniversary celebration are turning to the public for help in locating photographs and memorabilia.Photographs of the theater, especially its interior; early playbills,...

Pepacton Cemetery Tour is July 9

Pepacton Cemetery Tour is July 9

A walking tour of Pepacton Cemetery, where the remains of 1,525 people from burial grounds in the Pepacton and Cannonsville Reservoir basins were moved in the 1950s and ‘60s, will be held Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m.The cemetery, maintained by the NYC Department of...

Cemetery Tour Reservations Open

Cemetery Tour Reservations Open

MARGARETVILLE – Reservations for the Historical Society of Middletown’s 9th Living History Cemetery Tour are now open. The popular tour will be held Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Margaretville Cemetery. Rain date is June 19. In addition to the walking tour, offered from...

Observations & Discoveries

Leslie the Lamplighter

Leslie the Lamplighter

Among HSM programs and events canceled by the COVID 19 pandemic was the Living History Tour of Margaretville Cemetery. Among the characters who had planned to greet visitors on June 20 was Arthur Leslie Dumond, stone carver, lamplighter and school janitor. Leslie (he...

Return of the Victory Garden

Return of the Victory Garden

The battle against COVID-19 has prompted the return of an initiative that helped the US get through two previous wars of the shooting kind: The victory garden. Whether fearful of shopping amid crowds at grocery stores, wary of coming food shortages, or desirous of...

La Grippe of 1890

La Grippe of 1890

“’La Grippe,’ or the Russian Influenza, is heard from all parts of the world and creates the greatest public interest,” reported the Delaware Gazette January 1, 1890. “The fatal cases are very few, but the number of cases is very great and many of them very...

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’s Civil War Dead

Middletown’s Civil War Dead

Read a tribute on Memorial Day, delivered on May 30, 2011: LINKS TO RELATED POSTS: FEATURESMiddletown Civil War SoldiersDatabase and Veteran Profiles

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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

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