On Saturday, June 16, 2007 a strong thunderstorm struck the Eastern Escarpment of the Catskills. Our new Visitors' Center located in a beautiful clearing at the top of Kaaterskill Clove was the perfect target for nature's violence. A single stroke of lightning hit the northeast corner of the building and started a fire. A fortunate set of events allowed for the quick response of the Haines Falls Volunteer Fire Company and prevented the loss of our building and our historic collection. A passerby saw the fire and stopped at the firehouse just as the firefighters were returning from another call.
Thanks to the firefighters the damage was minimal and, after much assistance from our members and friends, the water damage to some of our collection was minimized. The event sparked two actions from the Society. Lightning Rods were installed on the building, and we accelerated our plans and fund raising for a a new and more secure home for our collection.