Fifteen museums, landmark structures and historic sites will be open for tours, exhibits and special programs June 7 and 8 when Headwaters History Days celebrates the heritage, culture, folklife and landscape of the East Branch Delaware River towns of Middletown, Roxbury and Andes.
These eastern Delaware County sites will be open to the public at no charge for one or both days. Visit www.headwatershistorydays.org for the schedule of activities. You can also pick up a brochure and map at the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street, Margaretville, or at any of the venues before plotting your own tour route. This collaborative event is part of the statewide Path Through History Weekend.
Visitors can learn about the Anti-Rent War of the 1840s; sit on a wooden bench in a Civil-War era one-room Stone Schoolhouse; and climb the stairs of a church tower to see the workings of the town clock that has been keeping time for more than a century.
There will be tours of a 150-year-old mill and farmstead; an exhibit on the history of a round barn that today is the heart of a popular farmers market, and films, photos and talks on the impact of the Pepacton Reservoir on communities sacrificed for New York City’s water supply.
A walking tour and two concerts will highlight the weekend, and several other museums, houses of worship, railroad stations and architectural gems will be featured. Visit any of the sites on that weekend to pick up a coupon good for one free ride with each purchased on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad tourist excursion through the rest of the 2014 season.
Photo: The Old Stone Schoolhouse, Dunraven, 1918.