Two words: Historical reenactors. It seems that people either love them or deride them. But to us here at Upstater, we love them, and we will shell out good coin for a decent “days of yore” depiction. And the Fort Delaware Museum, in their own words, is “an authentic depiction of the life of the Delaware Company Pioneers who settled in the Upper Delaware Valley in 1754.” Which means authentic costuming, demonstrations of daily farm tasks, and, hopefully, a whole lotta butter churnin’. Oh, and stockades, of course, because no historical reenactment would be complete without them.
The settlement museum itself is more like a town than a museum, complete with roads, cabins, blacksmith shop, and a munitions blockhouse.
You can read all about the history of the museum, including information on what it’s depicting, which is Cushetunk, the Upper Delaware River’s first white settlement, on the Sullivan County Fort Delaware Museum page.
Alas, the Fort Delaware Museum is only open in from Memorial Day through Labor Day, so it’s closed for the season. But it’s never too late to plan ahead and put this on your “Stuff to Do in the Catskills During the Summer” list. We don’t know about you, but we’ve started ours already.