Don’t underestimate a small town just because you don’t see traffic lights and a store-crowded Main Street. One thing that’s beautiful about little towns like this one, that you may not realize by looking, is that the people here care deeply for its traditions and its history … and its future.
The Lenape Indians reigned here long ago. The town’s name is from the Lenape word that means “foaming water” — for its place along the Delaware River — and is pronounced cuh-SHECK-ton.
In the early 17th century, Cochecton was an important spot in the Upper Delaware Valley, connected to the mighty Hudson River by the 57-mile Newburgh-Cochecton Turnpike (starting in 1810). Nearly 40 years later, a new railway (the Erie) changed everything, terrifying residents with its loud whistle and splitting the village in two.
Major League Baseball player Frank Schulte was born here in 1882, and went on to play for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators between 1904 and 1918.
Today, you’ll find locals and transplants working side by side to start farm-connected restaurants that bring you good food to eat and a beautiful place to enjoy it.
The town of Cochecton includes five hamlets: Cochecton, Cochecton Center, East Cochecton, Fosterdale and Lake Huntington.
FUN FACT: National Park Service (NPS) Bat Study
Bats are important indicators of environmental changes and challenges and the NPS is conducting a multi-year study on these flying mammals here.
Where do we go from here?
From Cochecton, head to these other towns and their hamlets. Easy direct driving routes. Ask your GPS or get out your map.
Delaware: The hamlet of Callicoon is here, not in the town of Callicoon. What?! Check out the brewery and shops in this one. North of Cochecton.
Tusten: Home of Narrowsburg and lots of home stores and The Heron. Head south, birds.
Bethel: Woodstock history and modern day concerts await, as well as fun on White Lake and amazing pizza. Head east.
Go to these towns first before zigging too far out of the way. Treasures await.
XOXO Farm Girl
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