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This 1930s Western Electric plant is located in a workshop next to the farmhouse. Purchased by farmers, electric plants generated electricity to the farm before electric lines were run to rural areas.   

Lost Catskill Farm opens

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and The Valleys Museum will open the 1930s Lost Catskill Farm behind the museum on Route 55 on Wednesday, September 12 with a program and reception at 4 p.m. Including a two-story house, outhouse, milk house, barn and electric plant; the farm is interactive, informative and fun for both children and adults.

In the 1930s and ‘40s, New York City came to the Catskills and took land they needed to build reservoirs for their expanding water supply system. Thousands of people’s lives changed forever, as they were forced to move away from family and friends and from the homes they loved.

Over the past several years, the Time and the Valleys Museum has been working on recreating a 1930s family farm in the Catskills to tell the story of how these families lived. Period buildings were moved on-site. An 1870s barn was painstakingly disassembled and reassembled, and a building to house a 1930s power plant has been constructed. This 1930s Catskill Farm includes 1930s furnishings and equipment, along with videos, computer interactives and games and activities.

Speakers for the opening program include NYC DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush, local residents with family ties to those who lost their homes and lands and students from the Tri-Valley School Watershed Studies Class who designed and created the pond which runs  a working waterwheel. Immediately following the program will be refreshments on the patio and tours of all the buildings on the Lost Catskill Farm. For more information call 845/985-7700 or email


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