The history of Chichester, a company town in the Catskills, which flourished for almost a century producing wood furniture, a unique hamlet that remains intact today. Renowned educator Reginald Bennett resided there and in nearby Phoenicia throughout his life.
The Mountains Look Down: A History of Chichester, A Company Town in the Catskills
About the Book
Welcome to Chichester, for the better part of a century a flourishing company woodworking town in the Catskills and the setting of Reginald Bennett’s wonderfully entertaining anecdotal history. From its origin in 1863 as a tiny mountain hamlet with a water-powered chair factory, to its heyday in the early 1900s as a manufacturer of some of the finest office furniture in America, Chichester and its residents were uniquely shaped by the Catskills, which Reginald Bennett knew inside out. A beautifully-written story abounding with portraits of three generations of Chichester woodworkers, hunters, fly fishermen, ginseng gatherers, storytellers, beekeepers, evangelists, moonshiners and barn burners, The Mountains Look Down is at once a superb regional history and an unforgettable evocation of a way of life whose like will not be seen again, in the Catskill Mountains or elsewhere.
Introduction by Howard Frank Mosher
About the Author
Reginald R. Bennett was a life-long resident of Chichester and Phoenicia. A long-time teacher at the Chichester village school, and the first superintendent of the Onteora School District, Reg was a renowned Catskill educator, trout fisherman, town-team baseball pitcher and storyteller. The local Reginald R. Bennett Elementary School was named for him to honor his many contributions to the central Catskill Mountains.
Acclaimed writer Howard Frank Mosher was born in the Catskill Mountains village of Tannersville and lived part of his boyhood in Chichester. He is the author of more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction books, including North Country which was made into a major film.
6 x 9 inches