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Life is beautiful in Tannersville, New York! This picturesque Village in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains of the Upper Hudson Valley is not only a fabulous vacation destination getaway, it’s an amazing community to live in year-round, spend time with your family and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Surrounded by breathtaking views and pristine fresh air, Tannersville’s lifestyle offers all the beauty, privacy and small town appeal, while only a one hour drive to Albany or a two hour drive to Manhattan. So whether you’re going to work or out on the town, Tannersville, located in the heart of Catskill Park, is just a short trip from the city.

The Hunter Tannersville Central School District offers a public school setting with a 7 TO 1 student to teacher ratio. The beautiful brick high school, housing grades 6 through 12, is located atop a hill in the center of the Village with state of the art athletic facilities.  Directly across from the high school is the Mountain Top Library & Learning Center, the heart of the community.  The newly renovated building presents a variety of outstanding educational, artistic, and musical programs for all, and will be hosting select Columbia Greene Community College courses for high school students, college students and continuing education students.

The village of Tannersville also has a number of wonderful free amenities at Rip Van Winkle Lake Park, including the children’s playground, our awesome skate park, handball court, volleyball court, basketball court and disc golf. Our village is home to the beautifully maintained bike path that runs alongside Rip Van Winkle Lake and traverses the village from east to west.  The village pavilion at the lake houses our summer camp and is also available for personal functions.  Cruisin’ on the Mountaintop Fall and Father’s Day Car Shows, Parades, Spooktacular, Winter Walk, “Tannersville Rocks the Vets” benefit, and Lake Outdoor Concerts are family fun for residents and tourists alike.

Tannersville is known as the “painted village in the sky”. The village’s descriptive name evolved with a paint movement by artist Elena Patterson.  As you would imagine, this colorful Village has a great love for the arts!  In addition to playing an important part of American art history, our mountaintop region has shown a continuing interest in developing the arts in Tannersville. Tannersville is home to 23Arts and the Catskill Jazz Factory. The 350 seat Orpheum Performing Arts Center, centrally located in the Village, is a world class art center showcasing film, musical events, theater and dance performances! The newly opened “Say What?” art gallery is located adjacent to the Orpheum and displays works by local and regional artists of all mediums and disciplines.

The larger Mountaintop community offers local events, activities, and outdoor sports such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, tubing, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming and much more.  Hunter Mountain is the backdrop to Mountain Jam, Taste of Country, Oktoberfest, TAP NY as well as music and cultural festivals.  The Kaaterskill Falls, Tour of the Catskills Bike Race, Warrior Dash at Windham Mountain, the I Heart Downhill Longboard Race are well renowned.

Tannersville is a perfect place to start, relocate, or invest in commercial or residential properties. The village offers free residential and commercial septic. The mountaintop is also a great place for cottage industries and internet businesses, where people may utilize technology to work from the comfort of their homes nestled in the cozy countryside.

So whether you are vacationing or looking for a great small village to raise a family in a great community, visit Tannersville NY. Stay a while, and call it home.


Mayor Dr. Lee McGunnigle 



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The heart of the Catskills, Tannersville, New York “has been aptly called “The Painted Village in the Sky.”  Milo Claude Moseman, a tireless promoter of Tannersville during the early to mid-1900’s wrote:

Tannersville is where

The skies are bluer, the air is purer,

And sometimes said Men’s hearts are truer.

Progress-the watchword.

Tannersville’s 200-year history involved numerous small hemlock-tree tanneries (hence, the name) which created many forest related jobs.  Sawmills, gristmills, woolen mills, and furniture factories brought families to Tannersville to work its land.  These jobs were invariably difficult, but provided the income necessary to allow families to prosper.

The tanneries brought work, but they stripped the mountains of their hemlock trees.  Roland Van Zandt stated (Catskill Mountain House, 1991) “By 1890 the unbridled exploitation had destroyed the virgin forest, the tanning industry collapsed, and the mountains grew up again to the hardwoods of today.”

It was shortly after the tanneries opened in 1820 that the legendary Rip Van Winkle woke from his 20-year year sleep in the Catskills.  So when thunder hits the village, remember, it’s probably just Rip and his gnomes playing nine pins that are causing the noise.

Tannersville was always one of the busiest and proudest of the Mountain Top communities.  The beautiful mountains and spectacular vistas attracted two private cottage communities adjacent to the village of Tannersville.  In 1887 Onteora Park was established, followed three years later by Elka Park.  Both parks have contributed greatly to Tannersville with financial contributions, jobs, and culture.   Tannersville (100 years ago) had the chance to meet Miss Maude Adams, Mr. Mark Twain and other well known, part-time, home owners in Onteora.

The later 1800s into the 1930s was a boom time for Tannersville.  Hotels and boarding houses dotted the streets and the Ulster & Delaware Rail Way opened a train station in the village.  The U & D created a faster and more comfortable trip to the mountains and tourism burgeoned.  In 1902 Tannersville had 52 hotels & boarding houses, accommodating 2,350 guests.  In 1920 over 100 boarding houses were in the village and its out-skirts.

Tannersville has a great deal to offer.  The village has a nine-hole golf course which opened in 1929, a highly trained fire department, a well-staffed high school, a newly updated Orpheum Theater, hiking and bike trails, and boating/ fishing on the popular Tannersville Lake.  It is a man-made lake formed from a wide spot in Meadow Brook Creek.

Tannersville became an incorporated village in 1895 making it the highest elevation (1900 ft.) of any mountain village in the State of New York.  Tannersville is famous for the spring awakening of the Catskill Mountains, the cool summers, fantastic fall foliage and winter wonderland offerings.

Tannersville was affected by the same elements that hit all of rural America – WW 1, the automobile, the depression, then followed by WW 11.   The automobile changed the way Americans vacationed, travel made the country much smaller and easier to navigate.  Tannersville is prospering again due to the same type of tireless promoters we had back with Milo Claude Moseman 100 years ago.

Information was obtained from various, unknown sources.