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

HSM Offers Headstone Cleaning

HSM Offers Headstone Cleaning

BeforeAfterApril 24, 2023 MARGARETVILLE – 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...

Sat., June 17, 2023 — 10th Living History Cemetery Tour

Meet six people from Middletown's past on a one-hour guided walk through Margaretville Cemetery. Walking tours offered in six time slots from 4-6 p.m.  Reservations required. Details to come. If you would like to be an at-large, silent vignette player, call Diane...

Historical Society names 2023 Cemetery Tour cast

Historical Society names 2023 Cemetery Tour cast

March 28, 2023 MARGARETVILLE – The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) has announced cast members for its 10th Living History Cemetery Tour to be held Saturday, June 17 at Margaretville Cemetery. In addition to the walking tour, offered in six time...

Observations & Discoveries

Hard luck brings out the neighbors

If you live in the Catskills chances are you’ve attended a benefit supper, concert or ball game to help a sick neighbor or a family fallen on hard times. It’s what we do. Sometimes it’s all we can do. ‘Twas ever thus, it appears. In 1909, Margaretville came together...

Cemetery Drive Tour Offers Escape

Cemetery Drive Tour Offers Escape

Looking for a reason to get out of the house without worrying about catching or spreading COVID 19? Our self driving tour of 9 cemeteries in and around Middletown is just the ticket. Scenery, history and freedom on four wheels! This poignant memorial to a child can be...

Win This Painting!

Win This Painting!

This lovely winter view from atop Palmer Hill, Andes looking east towards the central Catskills was painted by the late John Hopkins and is this year’s prize in HSM’s annual raffle. Donated by Meg Hopkins, the acrylic on canvas in white frame measures 9″x12″. Tickets...

2023 Calendar

10th Living History Cemetery Tour

Middletown Ablaze! Illustrated talk on major fires.

19th Annual Cauliflower Festival

“The Hardenburgh Patent: A Surveyor’s Journey” An illustrated Talk.

Field Walk with Surveyor Richard Brooks

Annual Meeting and Open House


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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