Exploring Our History

This area is not only filled with natural beauty, but rich with history as well. Explore the region’s historical societies, museums and more to learn about our past through exhibition on farming, industry, trade, baseball and American culture. Below are just a few places to get you started on your journey into our past.

Cooperstown Area

The Farmers’ Museum
5775 NY-80, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Open until October 31 and reopening in the spring, The Farmers’ Museum lets you step back in time as you stroll a country village surrounded by fall foliage. The museum is currently hosting “Things That Go Bump in the Night – Ghost Tours” on Friday and Saturday Evenings. Join an eerie lantern-lit tour of the shadowy museum grounds.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
25 Main St, Cooperstown, NY 13326
It’s hard to imagine a visit to Cooperstown without a stop at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Museum exhibits draw from a collection of 40,000 lovingly preserved artifacts and more than 3 million library items to bring your stories to life.

photo courtesy of The Farmers’ Museum

Delaware County

Delaware County Historical Association
46549 NY-10, Delhi, NY 13753
The library and museum hosts historical exhibitions and special events throughout the year and is located in the Gideon Frisbee Homestead which features 6 historic buildings in additional to the Frisbee house. These include a blacksmith shop, the Husted Hollow school house, the Amos Wood gun shop, tollgate, Frisbee Family Cemetery and nature trail.

Franklin Railroad and Community Museum
572 Main St Franklin, NY 13775
The Museum has Franklin historical items on display and a Warwick Car 30, built in 1886. For exhibits, events and other information, visit the museum website and follow them on Facebook.

Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Highway 12, East Meredith, NY 13757
Hanford Mills a historic working mill site built in 1846. Over time, the site has functioned as a gristmill, feed mill, woodworking shop, a hardware store, and harnessed the waters of Kortright Creek to provide the town with its first electricity. Listed on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, the museum today is a lively place of exploration, community events, and workshops.

photo courtesy of Franklin Railroad and Community Museum

Sullivan County

Fort Delaware Museum
6615 Route 97, Narrowsburg, NY 12764
Fort Delaware is an authentic depiction of the life of the Delaware Company Pioneers who settled in the Upper Delaware Valley in 1754. A tour of the facilities includes demonstrations of early settlers’ lifestyles and craft-making. During 2021, daily operations will not occur; instead, the museum is hosting terrific historical events throughout the season with regular daily operation commencing in 2022.

Sullivan County Historical Society
265 Main Street Hurleyville, NY 12747
The Sullivan County Historical Society was founded in 1886 and has the primary mission of preserving and presenting the history of Sullivan County for future generations. This is accomplished by the acquisition of historical records, documents and artifacts illustrating the history of the county, with the use of temporary and permanent exhibits. Current exhibits include “History of Farms,” “The Borscht Belt” and “Sullivan Life.”

photo courtesy of the Ulster County Historical Society

Ulster County

The A.J. Snyder Estate/Century House Historical Society
668 Route 213 Rosendale 12472
Century House maintains a museum on the history of the Snyder Estate, the industrial history of the Rosendale Cement District, and Rosendale history in general. There is also a large collection of horse carriages and sleighs on view, acquired over the years by the last owner of the Century Cement Manufacturing Company, A.J. Snyder II. The Society also presents many benefit performances in its unique Widow Jane Mine, and occasionally presents a site specific outdoor sculpture exhibition and site-wide festivals.

Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401
The Hudson River Maritime Museum preserves and interprets the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. The museum also offers boat tours, lighthouse tours, and special events and exhibitions.

Ulster County Historical Society at the Bevier House Museum
2682 Route 209, Kingston, NY
The house, with its long history as a family dwelling, offers a diverse and significant collection of local artifacts and cultural items that we are now showcasing alongside contemporary artworks, to create a series of new exhibits that connect past with present.