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In February of 1777, with the American colonies engaged in a seemingly hopeless war with the world’s foremost military power, Edward “Ned” Hector enlisted in a state militia unit … more
Decades of polls of the general public and of noted scholars alike have repeatedly shown that most Americans consider Abraham Lincoln our greatest president. That was not always the case. And … more
In the summer of 1898, Harper’s Magazine published a novella by the noted author Stephen Crane entitled, “The Monster.” It is one of the first pieces of American fiction to … more
Sullivan County’s reputation as one of the premier vacation destinations in the northeastern United States dates back to the late 19th century, when the railroads serving the area began … more
Many people—even those with more than a passing interest in Sullivan County history-- are surprised to learn that the Ku Klux Klan was once fairly active in parts of the county. And yet, … more
The column about “scoopers” a few weeks back generated so much interest and comment, it seemed a follow-up might be in order. As mentioned in the earlier column, the term … more
It was January of 1952, and members of the newly seated Sullivan County Board of Supervisors had an unusual item to consider. An informal proposal had been floated by the Minisink Valley … more
It is unlikely that when he built the hotel with the spectacular vistas in 1891 John Harms Knapp envisioned it ever being a year-around resort, let alone one that advertised “superlative … more
During the nearly 35 years this columnist has spent answering questions about Sullivan County’s rich and colorful history, a few topics come up far more than any others. For example, lots of … more
He was born on December 12, 1838 in Highland Mills, in Orange County, and moved with his family to Sullivan County while still a young boy. He enlisted in the Union Army shortly after the Civil War … more
It is estimated that perhaps as many as 200 bald eagles spend their winters in the Upper Delaware region these days, and quite a number live here year around, but not long ago, the raptors were a … more
It was back in August of 2010 that Myron Gittell received the first proof of the reprint he had decided to finance of the iconic book about Sullivan County, Manville B. Wakefield’s “To … more
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