Vintage Sullivan County

In 1683, when the colony that is now New York State established its first twelve counties, the present-day Sullivan County was a part of Ulster County. However, in 1809, Sullivan County was separated from Ulster County.

During the late 19th century, the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of factories powered by water along the streams and rivers resulted in an increase in the population. This was due to the influx of people attracted to the new job opportunities. As these hamlets grew into towns, the industries that created the jobs underwent restructuring. Unfortunately, many jobs were lost, and by the middle of the twentieth century, the towns had to adjust to the new reality of a changing economy.


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