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.
As the COVID-19 Crisis continues to affect all of us we hope you are all doing well. The updates and warnings have been changing from day to day here is an update:
- The Mountain Top Historical Society's Visitors' Center remains closed.
- Kaaterskill Falls and the trails leading to it have been closed by NY DEC. The Kaaterskill Rail Trail (KRT) is also closed in response since it is effectively a dead end.
- All MTHS events and programs have had to be canceled for this year.
- The parking areas at MTHS that are closed are so marked. Please honor the closures.
Read the current issue of our newsletter, The Hemlock.
We regret that this seasons events have had to be canceled.
MTHS News and links:
- The Hotel Kaaterskill 1883 Fire Safety Survey and floor plan is the spark for a Spring2020 program and a hike.
- Kaaterskill Rail Trail
- Clove Road by Justine Hommel -A 2006 article by Justine Hommel.
- The Dodd House - Also by Justine an article from the archives of the Hemlock
- Around Hunter --A great Gift for a friend or yourself-- is available at the Visitor's Center Click on the link or the book cover for more information.
- Larry Tompkins -- Out Windham Way a wonderful book from our former MTHS president.
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.