- a history and photos. One of the oldest house in the Catskills, is
just west of Prattsville. For the July 2002 Zadock Pratt Museum
History Progressive Dinner, it opened its doors for the first time
since the 1987 Greene County Historical Society's Historical House
Tour of Prattsville.
Trade Center - September 2001. This is a special
feature, No. 13 in our series, by David Cernikovsky, 17, a student at
Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan.
David has also been a resident of
Prattsville for 16 years on weekends and summers, and spent two
summers as a tour guide at the Pratt Museum.
Prattsville Fire Rim - February 2001. Now located on
Pratt Museum grounds, it stood in the center of the town and announced
danger or celebration. Its ear-splitting noise could be heard a
Manse - February 2001. Built in 1845 for the Grace
Church, with help from Zadock Pratt. Later the "Lutz
Villa", the Sayers Lutz house, and now, in 2001, converted again
into a minister's residence, by the Reformed Dutch Church.
Laraway Coaching Inn
Tom and Betty O'Hara
own the oldest house in town, the old
coaching inn. Tom and Betty talk about the history and share some old
photos of their house.
Rappleyea grew up at Mosquito Point
and recalls the school he went to. He shares a very funny 1926
story about his two 17-year-old uncles' escapades that made it to the
local newspapers ...
Ginkgo Tree, planted in the 1820's by
Zadock Pratt is doing well and growing. Read about this
interesting tree on the Museum grounds.
Jacob Myers and Isaac Searles Furniture factory of the 19th century.
The Pratt Museum Summer dinner
is held here, at Tomas & Barbara Cernikovsky's "Waterfalls House"
! Some of Isaac Searles' furniture is still in Prattsville. One side
business, casket-making, led early owners into undertaking, which
ran under different owners till the mid-1980's.
Basil Becker's family
operated a major Tourist Home on Main Street,
family operated a major Tourist Home, one of many boarding houses in town. He shares some
memories of old Prattsville, his love of music, his old hobby of
flying aeroplanes from the old Prattsville airfield, his old fiddle, and other stories.
in time. Remembering the Town of Prattsville through
postcards. From the collection of Milton Ballard, owner of
Shirley's Pizza on Main Street in Prattsville. Story by Muriel
Pons, Prattsville Town Historian. Sona Grigoryan wrote down the
stories about some of the postcards by Muriel, assisted by Perry
Chatfield, Betty O'Hara and Theresa Schaefer.
4. Tom O'Hara
talks about early years in the gas station business. The O'Hara Gas station that celebrates 75 years in business this year. Tom
recalls there were many gas stations in Prattsville,
and very few (summertime) drivers as customers. His dad's gas
station boasted "New York's oldest elm tree" under which
tourists could picnic.
family had a teahouse over Schoharie Creek - in the 1920's and 30's
and a Tourist Home, one of many in Prattsville – this one by Pratt Rocks.
Perry recalls Prattsville many years ago and shares some old
2. Fran Lutz
talks about how she lives in TWO HOUSES.
She also shows off the original 1835 map of Prattsville.
original Prattsville houses, built for his workmen by Zadock Pratt,
consisted of many neatly built houses.
They were built so well that some were, later, moved and joined
to other houses to make Main Street residences.
1. Addi Lee
Muriel Pons explains the story behind the 1840’s quilt given to Pratt
Museum, originally made for Reverend Addi Lee by his parishioners.
The quilt has been the subject of well-attended lectures
by Muriel Pons, former Pratt Museum President.