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History of Tannersville

The Village of Tannersville, incorporated in 1895, began with tanneries and sawmills in the early 19th century. Later, an active village grew up around the Hunter Turnpike resulting in the building of hotels and boarding houses. The area was once the premier vacation site in the country. To accommodate the thriving community, department and general stores and trades people of all kinds established themselves here. The Mountains National Bank, where the Post Office is now located, played an important part in Tannersville's growth. A safe from the bank, now a valuable antique, is a conversation piece at the Post Office.

As times changed, the need for recreational activities brought about the dredging and development of the Rip Van Winkle/Tannersville Lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Also built was a small sand beach, a pavilion and, in 2008, a state-of-the art playground and skateboard park.

In the 1930s Colonial Country Club, a 9-hole golf course, open to the public, was constructed on Main St. and is still a center of activity. Where department stores and hotels once dominated, one now finds fine restaurants, specialty stores, a fire company, the Mountain Top Arboretum, a middle school and high school, a church and a synagogue.

In 1998 a bike path, named the Huckleberry Multi-Use Trail, was constructed to run 2.3 miles from Bloomer Rd. near William's Lumber in Hunter, around Rip Van Winkle/Tannersville Lake to Clum Hill Rd. at Cortina Valley in Haines Falls. It was completed for cyclists, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, walkers and runners. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

There is a plan in the near future to extend the bike path to Hunter Mountain and also to North/South Lake in Haines Falls. Additionally, the Beautification Committee continues to make improvements to the look of the Route 23A/Main Street corridor by hanging flower baskets along Main Street in season and massing plantings at the two carved stone edifices marking the east and west entrances into the Village.

Mountaintop Library & Learning Center
The Orpheum Theater


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