Lost Catskill Farm

An exciting new project re-creating a

Lost Catskill Farm

A typical 1930s family farm evoking the simplicity of life in the Catskills before the reservoirs.


From the 1930s through the 1950s, over twenty farming communities were lost when New York City came to the Catskills to build reservoirs and take our abundant water. People, animals and even cemeteries were moved, buildings destroyed and all evidence of human life eliminated . . . until now.

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Recreating a farm lost to the building of the reservoirs preserves the story of their loss and celebrates the simple farm family life.

The farm family’s story will come to life through the use of mobile technology, stationary and hands-on activities.

Period buildings, artifacts, tools and equipment will be available to explore:


The different ways each family member was affected by having their farm taken from them and being forced to move.


Family life on a small Lost Catskill farm in the 1930s, including the function of different buildings and tools, and the importance of each family member in running the farm.

Help Us Recreate the Lost Catskill Farm

The Lost Catskill Farm includes full-size local period buildings with documented histories.

Buildings currently on site (l to r): Barn, Shed, Woodworking shop, Farmhouse and Outhouse


2012 – Farmhouse moving up the hill to the farm


Rose Farm Granary – acquired, waiting to be moved


Maple Syrup House – to be acquired and moved

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Historic Prenner barn being dismantled.

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Volunteer workers posing in front of the barn.

Barn boards were taken down, numbered and stored until they were reconstructed on the Lost Catskill Farm in 2016.

Preserving the Past and Looking to the Future

The Lost Catskill Farm will also give visitors a glimpse into the future of watershed protection. Additional exhibits will be installed to foster an understanding of how agriculture and forestry are preferred land uses to protect New York City watersheds.

Please consider sponsoring a Lost Catskill Farm building.

A plaque with your name will be displayed on a kiosk near the entrance of the building being sponsored.
In kind donations are also welcomed.

House ($60,000)
Barn ($50,000)
Machinery Shed ($15,000)
Woodworking Shop ($10,000)
Sap House ($7,000)
Granary ($3,000)
Smoke House ($2,000)
Root Cellar ($2,000)

Hen House ($3,000)
Woodshed ($2,500)
Milk House ($2,000)
Root Cellar ($2,000)
Smoke House ($2,000)
Pig Pen ($1,500)
Shed – machinery  ($15,000)

Handicapped Transport ($40,000)
Apple Orchard ($4,000)
Pasture ($2,000)
Vegetable Garden ($1,500)
Split-rail fence/stone wall ($22,000)
Security System ($15,000)
Signage ($5,000)
Technology ($15,000)

You may use this form to make a donation or sponsor a building:


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