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 -- Full reports on our blog.
At Visitors' Center August 3 through Labor Day:
by Photographer Nancy De Flon
We held a Birthday Party on August 10!
If you missed Rails to the Catskills,
the newest film by Tobe Carey,
Our 2014 Season--40 Years and Counting
The Mountain Top Historical Society has been around for 40 years fulfilling its mission of discovering, interpreting, and sharing our unique history and preserving the artifacts and documents that tell the story of the towns and the people of the Great Northern Catskills. Over the past 40 years, thanks to a dedicated board of directors and many 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 U&D Train Station in Haines Falls, opened a Visitors' Center to welcome tourists to the Mountain Top, built a state-of-the-art archives room to preserve the material (and now also electronic) records of the history that that has been entrusted to our care, as well as maintained our 20-acre campus, all with pride and a keen sense of place.
Our ambitious 2014 season is well underway. We have hiked in the footsteps of John and William Bartram, revisited the history of Laurel House and its relationship to the Kaaterskill Falls, and explored Rip's Retreat. We premiered Tobe Carey's long-awaited film, Rails to the Catskills, and had a sneak peak at a new film by David Becker,To Be Forever Wild. Chuck D'Imperio gave a most entertaining and inspiring talk on small towns in Upstate, NY. A first for us, we hiked to Sam's Point Ice Caves in the Gunks in June, and in July explored Tiskilwa Park in Chichester and visited the Empire State Railroad Museum in Phoenicia.
Looking ahead, in August, we have a month's worth of 40th Anniversary celebrations planned, from an illustrated talk by Larry Tompkins based on his upcoming book on Windham, replete with music and birthday cake on August 10, to a visit from "Mark Twain" at the Onteora Park Theatre on August 22. In October we anticipate a new event -- our exciting Hikefest. Also in August check out a photo exhibit by Nancy DeFlon at the Visitors' Center. In September, it will be time for our 3rd Annual Postcard Show thanks to John Duda and friends. From hikes to programs, we have something for everyone this year. Don't miss a thing: watch our events and hikes pages for all the latest information on these and other exciting opportunities to celebrate Mountain Top history.
MTHS Needs You
In order to keep all of these activities going we need YOU! We depend on two things to support our efforts: If you are a member of the MTHS but have not yet renewed for 2014, please take a few moments to bring your membership up to date. If you have not yet joined us, click on the link on this page to go to a secure webpage and join us there.