The Time and the Valleys Museum in Sullivan County is seeking photographs of farms taken for the building of NYC’s Water System Reservoirs of: Ashokan, Schoharie, Cannonsville and Pepacton.
All photos received will be used in the “Lost Catskill Farm,” phase I of a 1930s Catskill Family Farm exhibit, which will include a farm house, milk house, 1870s reconstructed barn, workshop (powered by a working waterwheel), outhouse, well house and electric plant, The exhibit is expected to open to the public this September.
In recreating this farm, the Museum will be bringing to life the story of the “takings”, so that people today can understand and appreciate the sacrifice of the many families forced to give up their homes so that NYC could build their water system.
The Museum has many photos of farms taken to build the Rondout Reservoir (located in Sullivan and Ulster Counties) and the Neversink Reservoir (located in Sullivan County). Because the recreated farm will represent ALL of the Catskill Delaware reservoirs, the Museum is currently seeking photos of farms taken to build the other four NYC reservoirs:
1. Ashokan (located in Ulster County)
2. Schoharie (located in Schoharie, Delaware and Greene Counties)
3. Cannonsville (located in Delaware County)
4. Pepacton Reservoir (located in Delaware County)
Any museum, historian, business or individual with photos of farms or farm buildings taken for ANY of NYC’s reservoirs who would like to include their photos in the Catskill Family Farm exhibit are asked to contact Donna Steffens at 845 985-7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs and information can also be uploaded to the Museum’s website. All photos received will be available to visitors at the Museum’s Catskill Family Farm either on display or on a searchable computer program. Credit will be given to all donors and families whose farms were taken.
The Museum is located at 332 Main Street (St. Rt. 55) in Grahamsville Sullivan County. For more information call (845) 985-7700, e-mail email@example.com or visit their website.
Photo: Rondout Reservoir core wall.