Sullivan County is a great place to work and live! Below are profiles of just some of the communities within Sullivan County
Bethel has a long history of community pride from its inception in 1809. Today, Bethel is one of the fastest growing communities of our County. It continues to be the center of county agriculture, which is the second largest industry in Sullivan County. It is also home to the brand new Bethel Woods Center for Performing Arts located on the 1969 world-famous Woodstock Music and Arts Festival site. The first phase of construction at Bethel Woods includes a 4,800-seat covered pavilion, the Interpretive Center/Museum and events gallery, permanent outdoor event sheds, parking, infrastructure and landscaping. Plans for a 650-seat community theater are included in the next construction phase. Visitors are also drawn to the Bradstan Country Hotel Bed & Breakfast and Cabaret. A modern, newly upgraded airport and the adjacent industrial park are a perfect fit for relocating businesses. The airport is also growing to be a gateway to second-home owners who find Sullivan County a great place to escape the hustle of metropolitan life. Although commercial service is not offered at Sullivan County International Airport, its 6,300 foot runway welcomes many charter planes, corporate jets and all types of private aircraft. Housing developments and wonderful residential communities throughout Bethel offers new residents a host of options.
This wonderful community is rich in history and spirit. What other town east of the Colorado River sets out luminaries along its roads on Christmas Eve, originating a local tradition that now winds over snowy hill and moon-pierced dale through several neighboring towns for some twenty miles? The past also lives on in Jeffersonville’s own Thanksgiving Day Parade, in the active cider mill in North Branch, and in the popular bandstand concerts of the Callicoon Center Band, now about to enter upon its third half century of existence. On the other hand, what could be more of our times than the public radio station that runs on its own hydropower plant? The present also is alive and well in the public library, supermarket, and several restaurants. The future has begun with construction of a new recreational park, and is being placed in the hands of internationally selected young pianists who train at the Shandelee Music Festival every summer.
A cascading river and a beautiful lake inspire life in Cochecton. Its Western boundary is formed by the Delaware River, which is shared by fishermen, swimmers, and canoers alike. The River is traced by scenic Route 97, on which drivers must take care not to be distracted by eagles soaring overhead. Near its center lies Lake Huntington, where fishermen can be found in the winter ice fishing and then get warmed by a home-cooked meal or a drink at local eateries. In the summer, one can also overlook the lake and its boaters from the deck of the Nutshell Arts Center. Visitors to the Center can view works by area artists, many of whom also exhibit in New York City, before going downstairs to be delighted by internationally distinguished performers in The Weekend of Chamber Music Series. Also imported from NYC streets are the annual “City Games” at the Fosterdale Motor Lodge. Home grown traditions manifest in country stores, a railroad station/museum and craft exhibits at Cochecton Center’s annual Founders Day. Cochecton is also accessible from Routes 17B and 52.
Located on the upper Delaware River, the Town of Delaware offers a wonderful quality of life for residents. It is served by a hospital, a comprehensive supermarket, two banks, many churches, a library, antique stores, a movie theater that alternates current box office hits with art films, and several fine restaurants ranging in price and menu from family to gourmet dining. The Villa Roma Resort Hotel extends and modernizes the legacy of great Catskills getaways with amenities including time-share villas and an 18-hole golf course. Scenic and recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing, camping, skiing, eagle watching, trail biking and hiking are enjoyable in Delaware during their respective seasons. The Valley Chorus rehearses weekly in Hortonville and performs programs mixing classical and popular selections semiannually.
Young families and retirees equally appreciate the luxury of clean air and water, the security provided by a town-wide police department and by neighboring medical facilities. The easy access to New York City, just 90 miles east, offers residents the intimacy of small-town life with the benefits of a refined influence. This sense of community is fostered by the opportunity to participate in action committees, volunteer fire and ambulance squads, seniors clubs, arts centers, and, in the tradition of the countless famed entertainers who began their careers here, theater groups. Fallsburg is home to outstanding central elementary and high schools, and to Sullivan County Community College. These educational institutions provide a wide variety of schooling, sports and career opportunities. Its two beautiful lakeside parks, two PGA golf courses welcome visitors and residents. The Rails to Trails system enables residents and visitors to enjoy hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing. Antiquing is a popular pastime at the quaint shops that line the hamlets’ Main Streets. Fallsburg is the home of the international headquarters of the SYDA foundation, which welcomes visitors to its spiritual retreat site where it teaches meditation and yoga. Fallsburg is ready for development with community water and sewer available throughout most of the area.
Perhaps the site of your next home, Forestburgh is already the winter home of the American Bald Eagle. Excellent hunting and fishing are among Forestburgh’s many year-round recreational and cultural assets. A primarily residential community, Forestburgh offers families great neighborhoods and open spaces to enjoy. The town’s history is reflected in sites such as Stephen Crane Pond, and rock cuts for the old Ontario & Western railroad. More recent creations are celebrated every summer at the Forestburgh Playhouse Dinner Theater. The Playhouse presents five productions including musicals and comedies on the main stage of its rustic blockhouse. The lovely historic Inn at Lake Joseph is ready to welcome you. Forestburgh is part of the Neversink gorge unique area.
In Fremont you’ll find a country setting and a friendly small town atmosphere, the Delaware River, a mountain lake, forests, farmland and towns which offer a diversity of landscape and lifestyles. Low crime, friendly people and good quality of life all add up to a great place to live. Children are important in this community which boasts of an active Little League and Football League. Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club hosts a championship golf course and offers great dining. East Ridge Community is a working group of families who operate several businesses including, Catskill Delaware Outdoor, and East Ridge Press. Fremont is a community where neighbors help neighbors and residents are secure in their surroundings.
Eighteen crystal clear lakes, numerous trout streams and ten miles of the scenic Delaware River are only the beginning of Highland’s spellbinding beauty and attraction. The township is known for its rich history including the Minisink Battleground County Park, site of a battle in the Revolutionary War and the world’s first suspension bridge, the Roebling Bridge. Bald Eagles can be found making Highland their winter home. Spring, summer and fall find Highland alive with campgrounds, canoe and raft liveries, hiking and biking enthusiasts and others enjoying the wonderful amenities nature provided this community. Brand new theater traditions are being created in the summer residence of New York City’s North American Cultural Laboratory. Wonderful antique shops, grocery stores and restaurants are open all-year to serve the needs of residents.
Liberty offers many quaint surroundings including two fine parks, Hanofee Park and Walnut Mountain Park. There is plenty to explore while cross-country skiing, hiking or mountain biking. The Liberty Museum and Arts Center has rotating shows of area artists on weekends year-round, and the Liberty Free Library is available for information and the pleasures of the mind as well. Liberty is the geographic center of Sullivan County and is traversed by county roads 52 and 55, and by NYS Route 17, soon to be Interstate 86. Affordable housing and great neighborhoods make Liberty ready to welcome new residents.
True to its name, Lumberland is a beautiful forested area of magnificent hills and valleys above which bald eagles soar. The Delaware River marks its southwestern boundary giving rise to fishing, camping, swimming and canoeing. The town’s history is celebrated in its Museum Room that features photographs and memorabilia of days gone by. Older traditions yet are revered by the town’s sizable Ukrainian population in two picturesque churches. The Town of Lumberland Cultural Series in the Town Hall, abetted by the presence of a restored 1894 Steinway grand piano, presents folk, jazz and classical concerts. Route 97, along the river, has been designated a scenic route, but the town’s other main arteries, county roads 31, 32, 41 and 42, are hardly less so.
The Town of Mamakating is located on the southeast end of Sullivan County and is the oldest township in the county. Site of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, Mamakating is a major gateway to Sullivan County. A popular area for outdoor recreation, this area is now becoming Metropolitan New York’s newest bedroom community. The future county Welcome Center is planned for this area as well as several major developments. The community is business friendly and welcomes new enterprises and residents warmly.
The second-oldest town in Sullivan County is also a family-oriented “dry” town. Community spirit is strong, and those who need help will find the entire township ready to extend a helping hand. Those who want to try their hand at writing, or already have their hand in, will find companionship and stimulation, be it in prose or in verse. The Alchemy Club, which meets at the Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville, carries on a sixty-year-old tradition of writing and reading poetry and periodically publishes an anthology. The Catskill Reading Society brings writers and readers together for an annual summer OUTLOUD FESTIVAL and monthly READALOUDS in Grahamsville. The Society also publishes local and regional poets and writers.
Neversink is home to the Neversink Reservoir, which provides New York City and parts of Westchester County with their water supply. Neversink is part of the Delaware River watershed giving it the added benefit of a guaranteed pristine environment. Neversink is the local access to the Catskill Park system, which is part of the New York State Park System. This affords residents and visitors numerous recreational activities including hiking, biking, fishing and camping. Low property taxes and a beautiful setting make Neversink a great choice for new residents.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Catskill Park, Rockland’s residents value their country life and the area’s ecology. Roscoe is located where the Beaverkill and Willowemoc rivers meet at Junction Pool, and where trout meet their destiny, which is why it’s known as “Trout Town USA”. The history of these encounters is enshrined in the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, bordering a 50-acre site ideal for walks and picnics. Mongaup State Park and Beaverkill State Park are both located in Rockland and are open for the public’s enjoyment of camping, hunting, fishing and other recreational activities including snowmobiling in the winter on maintained trails. Rockland is an easy commute from the hub of the county, while providing residents with a great value. Property prices are more competitive and the school districts are of a size where students receive individual attention. Being located on New York State Route 17 (future Interstate 86) gives residents easy access to other areas for business or pleasure.
The Town of Thompson is the county’s largest town and is home to the county seat, Monticello. It could be your home as well, whether in an upscale house on the shores of a quiet lake, in a townhouse convenient to shopping or in a comfortable rental apartment. You could then enjoy the full span of outdoor activity that characterizes the county. Entertainment options include Thompson Park, Holiday Mountain Ski Area, harness horse racing at Monticello Raceway, playing the slots at Mighty M Gaming or moto-cross racing.
A library and a senior citizens art program provide interests to the more sedate. Younger generation’s energies are funneled through many athletic leagues and a gymnastics program. Retail shopping along with specialty shops to accommodate every need is available along with some of the finest eateries to serve any hungry palate. Health care and education are a priority in this progressive family oriented community.
Narrowsburg, the only municipality in the Town of Tusten, is the nerve-center of artistic life in the county by virtue of being home to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. In addition to presenting regional artists in its own gallery spaces, the DVAA coordinates and supports art, music, literary and other cultural programs either as sponsor or as the administrator of state grant programs. The Delaware Valley Opera presents two fully staged productions with orchestra. These many cultured undertakings have stimulated Narrowsburg to beautify its quaint Main Street that is currently lined with antique stores. This may be no easy task as it would take a lot to compete with nature. Main Street overlooks the widest eddy in the Delaware River that is frequently crisscrossed by eagles.
Used by permission of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, 2009.