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‘Hudson Valley Curiosities'

New book brings hidden history to light

By Patricio Robayo - staff writer

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The cover of the book “Hudson Valley Curiosities” by Allison Guertin Marchese.
HUDSON VALLEY — There are places in the Hudson Valley that have histories of a curious nature.
According to Allison Guertin Marchese, Neversink and Long Eddy are just two of those places.
In her new book “Hudson Valley Curiosities,” published in August by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, Marchese describes how Neversink became a formal town in Ulster County in 1798 and 60 years later, officially became a part of Sullivan County.
In 1905, New York State legislation was passed allowing New York City to acquire lands, build dams and reservoirs in the Catskills. Neversink was chosen as the fourth reservoir to be built by the state in the 1940s in order to help quench New York City's desperate need for clean water.
Marchese recounts stories and news headlines from the period, revealing the histories of the original residents of Neversink during the construction of the Neversink Reservoir, when the town was relocated to its present location along Route 55.
The original town was lost to history under the calm waters of the Neversink Reservoir.
Over in Long Eddy, Lucy Ann Lobdell was a resident in the 1800s and was known to be an expert in outdoor skills, never coming back to her father's cabin without a kill.
As Lobdell got older, she was abandoned by her husband and left with a single child. In order to survive, she roamed the forest dressed as a man in order to go hunting and trapping in Wayne, Pike, and Sullivan Counties, and soon was known as the “Lady Hunter of Long Eddy.”
According to Lobdell's autobiography, she claimed to have killed nearly 373 deer, 15 bears, and 20 catamounts and hundreds of mink and otter.
“Hudson Valley Curiosities” is filled with many more unique tales and secrets, such as the UFOs of Putnam County and the discovery of a mastodon in Orange County.
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