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On Saturday, October 10, 2015 the Mountain Top Historical Society's Haines Falls campus will be the place to begin your Lark in the Park. Starting at 9:00 a.m. we'll offer a choice of four hikes spreading out to various trail heads around the area with popular, experienced hike leaders. Robert Titus, the Catskills Geologist, will lead the Rip Van Winkle hike to Sunset Rock from North Lake recounting Rip's adventures along the way. Paul LaPierre and Pete Senterman will begin at the South Lake dam and head up the west side of the lake along the old railroad right of way. This easy hike, including stops at the Otis Elevating Railway cut, Alligator Rock, the Catskill Mountain House site will be accompanied by railroad lore of the early 1900s. Our own Bob Gildersleeve will lead a Fall tour of Three Waterfalls in Kaaterskill Clove. Thanks to Twilight Cottagers we will visit overlooks of three waterfalls in Twilight Park. After a stop to view Haines Falls from the bridge and the tennis courts we will do a two-mile walk through the woods to see Santa Cruz Falls and Buttermilk Falls. Along the way, we will see some beautiful views of Kaaterskill Clove from the South Rim of the Clove. Nancy Allen will lead a hike to Codfish Point. Beginning at the parking lot at the top of Devil's Kitchen, Nancy's group will take a five-mile round trip that has a 1500 foot elevation gain in 2.5 miles. They will pass some old stone quarries and enjoy great views to the southeast.
All of the hikers will meet at the MTHS campus at 9:00 a.m. and car pool to the various trail heads for the hikes. The hikes are designed to last about three hours and return to the MTHS for lunch.
Lunch will be hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill with all the fixings including salads, cold drinks and dessert. The cost per person for lunch is $10.
After lunch, in the U&D Train Station, we will have presentations by Michelle Yost on the present and future Kaaterskill Rail Trail, and by Jeff Senterman about the Catskill Center. We'll end the day with a presentation by Marty Molitoris of Alpine Endeavors on ice climbing.
We welcome hikers and those interested in hiking or just the beauty of the Catskill Park to join us for a hike, a presentation, lunch, good company and interesting information.
Please make reservations for the hikes and for lunch by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (518)589-6657.

MTHS does not require membership for hike participation. We do however request that you register for each hike. Participants can register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (518) 589-6657. Please leave your name, phone number, and total in your party. Schedule subject to change. The latest information is available on our web site http://www.mths.org. For last-minute questions call Bob at (518) 734-9701. Notification of changes, including weather cancellations will be made on the web site up to the day of any given hike.

 

Meet in the Ulster & Delaware Railroad Station for these Presentations:

 

11:30 Saving St. Mary's Church in Hunter

Speaker: John Ham

Old Edwardsville Preservation Society

 

12:30 The Beginnings of Twilight Park

Speaker: Joanne Ainsworth

Twilight Park

 

1:30 Resorts and Boarding Houses

Speaker: Roy Davis

Windham Historical Society

 

2:00 The Hessian Soldier

Lexington Historical Society

 

2:30 A Musical Interlude

Carver Blanchard on the lute

 

3:30 The Anti-Rent Wars

Speaker: Suzy Walsh

Zadock Pratt Museum

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibits in the Red Barn

 

Ashland Historical Society

 

Black Dome Press

 

Empire State Railway Museum

 

Greene County Historical Society

 

Haines Family Association

 

Larry Tompkins, Out Windham Way

 

Lexington Historical Society

 

Old Edwardsville Preservation Society

 

St. John the Baptist Ukranian Catholic Church

 

Windham Historical Society

 

Zadock Pratt Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

AROUND THE CAMPUS

 

Women in Mountain Top History” Photo Exhibit in the Railroad Station, sponsored by GCCA with CIP funds and curated by Mara Lehmann and Johanna Titus

 

Hstoric Quilts in the Railroad Station

 

Rip Van Winkle Puppet Show: 12:15 p.m.and 1:15 p.m. at the east end of the Railroad Station

 

Tours of the Haines Family Cemetery: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

Children's Activities in the tent near the Railroad Station

 

WRIP!!!

 

Check out the Archives in the Visitors' Center with Debbie Fromer

 

The Calico Indian Showdown at 4:00 p.m.

Join in the dance recreating a chapter in our history!

 

 

 

Local History Day On Saturday, August 15, 2015

The MTHS campus on NYS Route 23A will be the place to be for all things historical on the Mountain Top and beyond.  Beginning at 11:00 a.m. exhibits will be set up in the Red Barn by the Zadock Pratt Museum, the Ashland Historical Society, the Lexington Historical Society, the Old Edwardsville Preservation Society, the Eastkill Valley Association, the Empire State Railway Museum, Black Dome Press, the Greene County Historical Society, the Haines Family Association, the Windham Historical Society, and others.

The Greene Room Players will present the Rip Van Winkle puppet show as it was presented at Rip's Retreat in the 1950s at 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. 

The Women in Mountain Top History photo exhibit curated by Mara Lehmann and Johanna Titus sponsored in part by the GCCA with funds from the Greene County Cultural Initiative Program will be on view in the U&D Train Station along with quilts from the MTHS archives.

There will be presentations by speakers from some of the historical groups represented in the barn and one from Twilight Park beginning at 11:30 a.m.
A schedule of the speakers will be posted on the MTHS website and around the campus on August 15. 

Tours of the Haines Family Cemetery, featured in our latest issue of The Hemlock will be given at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
At 4:00 p.m. the Calico Indian Showdown, a part of the American Masquerade celebration taking place throughout Greene County, will be presented.  The Visitors' Center will be open with demonstrations of the system we use to access the archives, sales of MTHS merchandise, and Larry Tompkins signing copies of his book Out Windham Way. In addition, there will be food and drink sales in the Train Station, children's activities, a 50/50 raffle, local crafts vendors, and Jay Fink from WRIP to keep us all smiling from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar and plan to be in Haines Falls on August 15

Dear Walt,


We thank you for your donations of a Stihl leaf blower, Trail Boss trailer and Toro Titan ZX5000 Zero-Turn riding mower to the Mountain Top Historical Society. This top-notch equipment will make our groundskeeping much more efficient and enjoyable. We pledge to you our best efforts to keep up your tradition of generosity, loyalty and good work in the years ahead.

Your friends,

Bob Van Dyke, Joe McGowan, Art Fries & Dick Haines

MTHS Volunteer Groundskeeping Crew