In 1708, England’s Queen Anne sold a land tract covering two million acres in the Catskills to Sir Johannes Hardenburgh and his associates. Chancellor Robert R. Livingston received 221,748 acres from Hardenburgh, including Pakatakan Mountain and the surrounding area. The first settlers arrived in 1763 and by 1840 a thriving hamlet named Middletown Center was renamed Margaretville in honor of one of Livingston’s descendants.
In 1875, the hamlet was incorporated as a Village and operated as center of trading and commerce for farmers in the area. Notably, Margaretville became a prominent cauliflower producer throughout the first half of the 20th Century. Even today, the village hosts an annual cauliflower festival early in the fall.
By the late 1900s farming sharply declined and Margaretville become a second home destination for metropolitan New Yorkers looking for a break from city life.
Today Margaretville’s upbeat Main Street is a blossoming destination for locals, as well as visitors to the Catskills. Filled with charming shops and galleries, Main Street Margaretville is a destination not to be missed.