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Loch Sheldrake, New York, Sullivan County. Catskill Mountains. Sullivan County College (SCCC).

Loch Sheldrake, old resort village and home to Sullivan County College (1990 pop. 1,050), Sullivan co, SE NY, on small Loch Sheldrake, 5 mi/8 km SE of Liberty; 41°46'N 74°39'W.

The only small "history" note about Loch Sheldrake I have is:

Henry D. Schoonmaker arrived in Divine Corners as early as 1805. Shortly after, he bought property at Sheldrake and became so well known for his developments there that the area was first called Schoonmaker Settlement. The stream and lake there was named Sheldrake after the ducks in the area and the community at the lake later became Loch Sheldrake. The hamlet did not develop into an important area until the railroad depot opened in nearby Hurleyville.

Hurleyville was named after an old hunter, William Hurley, who was the first settler of the area. He believed the location of his property would one day be along an important county road. However, he was mistaken and the major county roadways bypassed his holdings. His house was the only one located in this isolated area for many years. Mr. Hurley’s name remained and his vision of the area becoming an important area became a reality many years later when the railroad line ran through the village.

By Judy Magie, Town of Fallsburg Historian

So, before we loose out on more history to the area, Loch Sheldrake, Hurleyville (Luzon) especially, share it with us. Look through the forum, photo album, and visit other fine links.

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  • New York
  • Dec 24, 2003
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