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.





Check our 2019 Event and Hike Schedule.

We have some exciting things planned.


MTHS News and links:

  From our Archives -

Follow the "From Our Archives" link in the "Preserve" menu on the right to see information about some of the items in our Justine Hommel Archive Room.

Included are posts on:

one of several letters from Civil War soldier William Young. Donated by Odile Dwyer.

A collection of glass plate negatives. The gift of Shirley and Gerald Dunn See details here.

After you come back from the MTHS hike to the Hotel Kaaterskill site on May 11, you may want head down to this event for the Coxsackie Historic Preservation Committee:
Coxsackie – The Cemetery Committee of the Coxsackie Historic Preservation Commission will host a Murder Mystery event on May 11, 2019 at Pegasus Restaurant on Route 9W in Coxsackie.Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. when hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar. The mystery is titled “Death of a Gangster” and will be presented by a professional group of actors from The Murder Mystery Co. The cost is $55 per person and all net proceeds will support the rehabilitation of the Coxsackie Mansion Street Cemetery. Reservations are required and tickets are available at the Heermance Memorial Library, Heartland Realty, Coxsackie Village Offices and Pegasus Restaurant. Payment can be made by cash or check payable to the Village of Coxsackie Mansion Street Cemetery Committee. The Coxsackie Mansion Street Cemetery was incorporated in 1826 and is the second oldest non-sectarian cemetery in Greene County. It is the burial ground for two congressmen, veterans of the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and many of the founding families of Coxsackie. There are over 800 names recorded on gravestones in the cemetery. About two years ago a dedicated
group of volunteers took on the task of rehabilitating the site. Trees have been removed, the road has been worked on, some stones have been up righted and cleaned and a new flagpole has been
installed. In addition, a New York State history marker has been approved for installation this spring. The Village crew has been of great assistance, but more money still needs to be raised to
complete planned work including repairing the unsightly iron fence next to the street.