When most people think of the Catskill Mountains two pictures usually come to mind. Most famously is the Woodstock Festival (which did not take place in Woodstock NY, but that is another story). The other picture is of the old bungalow colonies and resorts that were the summer get-away for many NYers.
|"Woodstock redmond stage" by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Woodstock_redmond_stage.JPG#/media/File:Woodstock_redmond_stage.JPG|
Last year The Amazing Ms. D and I traveled to the town of Hobart NY to attend the Festival of Women Writers (see my previous blog here). This is a wonderful weekend event with over 100 writers and readers taking workshops and shopping at the town's 6 bookstores. We returned this year and I got to spend some time exploring the area.
This area of NY has an interesting history. It was the last hold out of the old Dutch system of landlords and tenant farmers, called the patroon system. In the 1850's there was a revolt of the farmers, who could not own their land, called the Anti-Rent Wars. This struggle was the background to the novel and film Dragonwyck.
Delhi NYDelhi is the largest town in this area, with a population of just over 5000, and is the county seat for Delaware County. It was founded in 1798 by combining three small towns. It is also the home of SUNY-Delhi a 2 year/4year campus in the State University of NY system. Its Main Street (Route 10) runs parallel to the West Branch of the Delaware River and has many buildings that date back to the early 1900's.
|Jackson and Mason - "Furniture and Undertaking"|
|The Adee House, built in the 1830's|
|Delhi Town Hall - built in 1856|
|Detail from the County office building|
|1st Presbyterian Church - built in 1811|
|County Court and offices - built in 1878|
Hamden NYSitting southwest of Delhi is the town of Hamden NY. With a population of about 1500 Hamden is a lovely little small town surrounded by mostly dairy farms.
|The Hamden Inn|
|The Lucky Dog|
Just north of the center of town is the Hamden Covered Bridge. Originally built in 1859, this bridge crosses the West Branch of the Delaware River.
|Hamden Covered Bridge|
|Inside the Hamden Covered Bridge|