For decades, Fannie Harden worked alongside her husband William to build the Forestview Lodge near Swan Lake in the Catskills town of Liberty, into a successful business, carrying on alone after his death. When she passed away, the hotel went into decline and closed in 1955.
That is the story of many Sullivan County hotels, and in myriad ways, the story of the Forestview Lodge is quite typical. One important difference, however, is that the Hardens were African Americans. [Read more…] about Black Catskills History: Harden’s Forestview Lodge