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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Callicoon's got history

Gov. Cuomo announces 19 recommended historic place

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

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The hamlet of Callicoon, in the Town of Delaware, is divided by the Erie Railroad creating upper and lower Main Street sections, with buildings dating back to 1888.
CALLICOON — Last Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that 19 properties, resources and districts have been recommended by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation as additions to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
In Sullivan County, thanks to the attentive and persistant work of Town of Delaware Historian Cindy Herbert and consultant Neil Larson of Larson Fisher Associates, Inc., our very own hamlet of Callicoon has been nominated.
Callicoon has history dating back to the early 1600s when it's said that Dutch hunters first settled in the area while traveling west from the Hudson Valley.
The best known fact of Callicoon's history is that the Erie Railroad opened in 1848 and the first steam engine came through the town.
Callicoon soon grew into a bustling community with the railroad at it's center and the Delaware River at its banks.
Today, only a few buildings remain that date back before the Civil War. A fire tore through the town in the early months of 1888, destroying most of its buildings and businesses. Callicoon was quick to rebuild though, and in a larger and more substantial manner.
So what does this nomination mean for the hamlet of Callicoon?
A Historic District designation along with the Preserve New York Grant that the hamlet was awarded in September 2014 and Sullivan Renaissance TAG Grant of $2,500, mean all of the buildings within the survey area fall within a New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit-eligible census tract. This means financial incentives for rehabilitation of residential and commercial buildings/properties.
“This will open the doors to help the town continue to maintain its prior preservation work as well as help enhance the character, charm and rich history of its downtown,” stated Cindy Herbert.
Being known as an historic district may bring in more tourism as well, with more people traveling to visit Callicoon to experience its history, culture, and the beautiful buildings along the lower and upper Main Street sections of the hamlet, instilling a sense of pride within the community.
Once recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties will be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
Cuomo said, “These landmarks are a part of our rich and storied history and helped define what it means to be a New Yorker.
“By placing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, we are preserving their legacies and ensuring that they will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

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