Welcome to Hunter New York - Happy 200th Birthday!!
BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 2013
A special Bicentennial flag will be raised in January and fly throughout the year at the Hunter Town House on Route 23 A in Tannersville as the town of Hunter, first known as Greenland, begins its 2013 Bicentennial birthday bash. Students and volunteers will host art exhibitions, a stamp cancellation and, of course, a parade on Labor Day weekend in Tannersville to mark its founding year. The flag, designed by Hunter resident and artist, Carol Slutzky- Tennerowicz, incorporates the town's original 1813 Official Seal.
It was on January 27, 1813, that the Town of Hunter was formed, and the public is invited to bring their stamped letters and cards to the town hall on that date for a special stamp cancellation commemorating the day. Hunter's Postmaster was on hand. Light refreshments were enjoyed by all, courtesy of the Hunter Town Board. Bicentennial stamp cancellations also were be made at the Hunter Post Office on January 26, 2013 . The stamp cancellation, also designed by Slutzky-Tennerowicz, includes all of the hamlets and villages within the town limits: Lanesville, Hunter, Tannersville, Elka Park, Platte Clove, Edgewood and Haines Falls. Carol completed her contribution to the year by proofing the design of the red and white pole banners that will be suspended in all town sections through the year.
Celebrations of the Hunter Bicentennial are incomplete without the help of the town's young people. Students at the Hunter Tannersville Central School, guided by art teacher Rita Mary Vining, are designing posters that acknowledge and celebrate Hunter's attractions and industry over time. Recreation, hotels, boarding houses, and the natural beauty of Hunter's mountains and waterfalls will be rendered on posters that will hang in the windows of local businesses for residents and visitors to enjoy. HTC elementary students are holding a play reinacting the first Town Board meeting of the Town of Hunter (held on April 6 , 1813) at the Hunter elementary school on April 5th, 2013 using the names of the Town Officials back 200 years ago. The present Town Board members will be there to meet the children and talk about the responsibilities of being a board member, making the best decisions for the town residents.
An archival art display is scheduled for Saturdays in August in the barn on the grounds of the Mountain Top Historical Society in Haines Falls. The dedicated volunteers who comprise the Society's board are pleased that Hunter resident and author John Ham will be present to discuss his various books on the history of the mountaintop. On Saturday, August 10th , Mr. Rick Brooks will be here to give his presentation on the Fenwick Lumber Camp, located on Route 214 near Lanesville, to show his collection of historic artifacts related to that lumber company that operated here from 1903 until 1917. Rick's passion for this history is evident in his collection and we are excited to welcome him to celebrate our founding year.
On Saturday, August 17th , Mr. Marty Potskoch author of the Hunter Mountain and Catskill Fire towers will be here to share his knowledge of fire towers. All presenters will be available at the barn of Historical Society from 1-2:30 (or later)for our enjoyment. Finally, Hunter will host a Bicentennial Parade on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, August 31, 2013 . The parade will include many local businesses, fire companies and local youth groups. The time and exact parade route will be announced.
The Town is located in Greene County, New York, USA. The population was 2,721 according to the 2000 United States Census.
The Town of Hunter contains 2 villages; a village named Hunter and a village named Tannersville. The town is on the County's south border. According to the US Census, the town has a total area of 235.0 km² (90.7 mi²). 234.3 km² (90.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water.
The south town line and part of the east town line are the border of Ulster County, New York. The town is in the Catskill Mountains and the Catskill Park. Many of the Catskill High Peaks, including Hunter Mountain, the highest in the county and the second-highest in the Catskills, are in the town.