Welcome to the MTHS website
The Mountain Top Historical Society is dedicated to discovering and preserving the unique and rich history of the Catskill High Peaks. The Society is a not-for-profit organization and maintains a Visitor and Art Trail Center and the Ulster and Delaware train depot (shown above) on our campus in Haines Falls. We are located on scenic Route 23A at the gateway to the Mountain Top and are easily accessible from Exit 20 or 21 of the New York State Thruway.
The Town of Hunter, home to MTHS, has been designated a Preserve America Community.
Latest MTHS News
At Visitors' Center August 3 through Labor Day:
by Photographer Nancy De Flon
You are invited to our Birthday Party on August 10!
If you missed Rails to the Catskills,
the newest film by Tobe Carey,
MTHS Needs You.
The Mountain Top Historical Society has been around for 40 years fulfilling its mission of discovering, interpreting, sharing and preserving the artifacts and documents that tell the story of the towns and the people of the Great Northern Catskills. With a dedicated board of directors, loyal members and volunteers we have presented an annual lecture schedule, led hikes through the beautiful and historic area around us, restored the 100 year old train station in Haines Falls, opened a Visitors' Center to welcome tourists to the Mountain Top, built an archives room to preserve the bits of history that are entrusted to our care and maintained our 20 acre campus with pride.
It's been a long cold season bringing a winter beauty to the Catskills and opportunities to enjoy winter activities that the region is famous for. Now, with Spring approaching, we at the the Society are forming plans for programs, hikes and increased activity in our Visitors' Center. Preliminary hike plans to go to a variety of destinations here in the Catskills and to some surrounding areas are underway. Hikes this year will be led by familiar guides including Paul Misko, Dr. Robert Titus, Bob Gildersleeve, and Carol and David White.
We will reprise our walk of the site of Rip's Retreat that proved so popular a few years back, and head down to the southern Shawangunks (pronounced “Shawngums” by traditionalists and “The Gunks” by rock climbers). There we will make our first visit to the Ice Caves at Sam's Point. With the cold winter we can expect to find ice well into June.
Again this year the Visitors' Center will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 starting in May and in addition on weekends a little later in the season.
A full schedule of public programs is available now on our events page.
Look for changes in our website prompted by our need to repair the site after problems caused by vulnerabilities in the now-dated software on which the site was built. We plan to take this as an opportunity to make improvements to the site.