Delaware County

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Delaware County is located in New York's Catskill Mountains, a region well known as a vacation spot for urbanites. Early settlers farmed the hillsides and valleys, while others sought the raw materials in the forests. By 1797, the population had increased, so the region officially became known as Delaware County. By the 1880s, the county comprised 19 towns, the same number as today. It was around that time when dairy farming became the mainstay of the local economy. However, during the last half century, traditional dairying has declined, and a great deal of agricultural land has been bought up by those seeking an escape from the city. New York City residents' need for fresh water has resulted in the construction of two 20th-century reservoirs within Delaware County's borders and the inundation of several communities. Meanwhile, the waters and the forests have remained, continuing to enrich the county by providing sustenance and comfort.
ISBN: 9781467116916
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tim Duerden and Ray LaFever serve as executive director and archivist, respectively, of the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA), located in Delhi, New York. All the images included in this volume are drawn from the DCHA's extensive photographic archives. The mission of the association is to preserve, present, and collect the history of Delaware County.