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When the weekly newspaper column known as Retrospect made its debut in July of 1987, it was a much different column than it is today. Although there was an occasional foray into formal local history, … more
It is a legend in this region that during the 17th century, the valleys framed by the Delaware, Mongaup and Neversink Rivers were rich and verdant, and unthreatened by development. Much of this lush … more
Prior to the arrival of the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad in the 1870s, there wasn’t much to Hurleyville, save for a few scattered houses and a place name on some maps.  In … more
The recent news that the polio virus has been discovered in wastewater in Sullivan County has raised concerns here that the disease, long thought to be eradicated, might make a resurgence. … more
From their earliest visits here, the Lenape, who constructed their sweat lodges among the wil- low trees on the banks of the Delaware, revered this area because of what they recognized as its … more
It was about nine o’clock on a muggy Saturday evening in August of 1936, and two young honeymooners were dressing for a night out when they were interrupted by the ringing of the telephone … more
The weekend of August 24 to 26 in 1979 was supposed to be a significant one in Sullivan County history. Plans had been made for some of the top musical acts in the business to appear at the site of … more
On August 11, 1779, at the height of America’s war for independence, General John Sullivan arrived at Tioga Point in upstate New York with a large force of men and began construction of what … more
Nearly 400 years ago, in 1626, a ship carrying eleven slaves was unloaded in New Amsterdam by the Dutch West Indies Company. Those eleven men are believed to be the first African Americans brought to … more
It was Saturday, July 31, 1937 and two vacationers in a rowboat on Swan Lake made a grisly discovery on the surface of the lake. It was the body of a man, all trussed up and tied to a rock and a slot … more
On July 20, 1779, Joseph Brant, a Mohawk fighting with the British, led a raiding party of Indians and Tories against a settlement near present-day Port Jervis. It was their second raid upon the area … more
Sinclair Lewis was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, and several of his novels — “Main Street,” “Babbit,” “Elmer Gantry,” etc. … more
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