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Sullivan County, ‘Blessed by the Gods’

August 2, 2012

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Historian John Conway will be at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. to discuss the county’s history as a healthful environment.

Sullivan County was formed from Ulster County in 1809, but its history as a healing environment considerably predates that. From the time of the Lenape, who revered the majestic natural beauty of the rivers, lakes and streams of the region and had a special reverence for rocks and stones, to the 19th century, when New York City physicians directed their patients to “go to the mountains,” to the early years of the 20th century when strongman Charles Atlas declared there was “no finer place in all of America,” Sullivan County has been known for its pure air and pure water, and its world famous history as a tourist destination was based in large part on its reputation as a healing environment.

Conway will discuss his latest book, “Blessed By The Gods,” which details the role that health and healing have played in the region’s development, and outline how the region’s reputation as a healing environment interconnects various eras. The program is free with admission charge to the fort.