There’s Noah Place Like Arkville
Arkville was one of the earliest commercial centers for the township of Middletown. The origin of its name is believed to have been inspired by Colonel Noah Dimmick, who acquired the land in 1826. After a storm flooded the farmers’ fields, with pumpkins floating into the Bush Kill stream, Colonel Dimmick’s home, situated high on a hill, was unaffected. Surviving the flood, it became known as Noah’s Ark, likely giving the town its name.
Arkville is home to the Ulster & Delaware Railroad, which was chartered in 1866 as the Rondout & Oswego. For many years, it provided regular trips across the Catskills from Kingston to Oneonta. Service tapered off in 1954 due to the construction of I-88 and the lack of freight service west of Bloomville. In the Fall of 1976, the last train crossed the Catskills and freight service was suspended. More recently, the Ulster & Delaware Railroad has been providing leisurely scenic train rides between Arkville and Roxbury in beautiful historic trains. The route is especially beautiful in the Fall.
Today, the small hamlet of Arkville is a bustling hub of activity. Anchored by Arkville Bread & Breakfast, Union Grove Distillery, and The Catskill Recreation Center, those destinations soon will be joined by the forthcoming Water Discovery Center. Looking for the best pizza in the Catskills? Be sure to check out Oakley’s on Route 28