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It was June of 1965, and Judge Lawrence H. Cooke was about to render a decision that would have a profound impact on Sullivan County government, and ultimately its politics, as well. From the time … more
Although James Eldridge Quinlan’s 1873 History of Sullivan County has consistently received high marks as a local history, with many over the years ranking it among the very best, it certainly … more
Sometime after 4 o’clock on the afternoon of Friday, June 13, 1913, the fire alarm sounded in the village of Liberty, and by the time firemen responded, a number of buildings were already in … more
It was June of 1949, and people from Roscoe to Bloomingburgh were all abuzz about an upcoming event that promised to usher in a new era of entertainment in Sullivan County. Everywhere local … more
On Friday, August 8, 1902, the surviving members of the 28th New York Volunteer Regiment held their annual reunion at the National Cemetery in Culpeper, Virginia.  Among those attending that … more
On Sunday, May 29, 1927, Patrick Cardinal Hayes, of the Archdiocese of New York of the Roman Catholic Church, traveled to Sullivan County to dedicate the new chapel at St. Joseph’s Seraphic … more
While it would be unfair—and inaccurate-- to say that James W. Burbank got the idea to build Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg because of the popularity of the Walt Disney television production of … more
Of all the 538 hotels of Sullivan County’s Golden Age, none were as innovative as the Laurels Country Club on Sackett Lake. The Laurels, the brainchild of Hyman and Sadie Novick, had started … more
It was April 24, 1966, and Sullivan County’s Golden Age of tourism was beginning to perceptibly slip away when the New York Times ran an article with a Fallsburg dateline about an incongruous … more
It was April of 1777, and America’s War of Independence, which had started almost exactly two years before with the fighting at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, had long since reached … more
It was ten years ago this week that fire destroyed the former Brown’s Hotel in Loch Sheldrake in a blaze that was tragic for so many reasons it doesn’t seem to matter whether or not it … more
One of the deadliest battles of the Revolutionary War was fought on a desolate hilltop just north of present day Barryville on July 22, 1779. In terms of the percentage of men killed in relation … more
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