b'Theres a reason why Windham, New York garners the nickname The Gem of the Catskills. Established in 1798, Windham offers the small-town peace and solitude youd come to expect from a community nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, while also providing many of the luxuries and amenities a city has to offer. While you might be familiar with the scenicviews that make Windham what it is today, the history behind the town youve come to loveis just as beautiful. Originally part of Ulster County in 1798, Windham encompassed the entire western half ofthe newly-created Greene County, named after famous revolutionary General Nathaniel Greene, just two years later. Old Windham as it used to be called, was eventually divided into seven towns you might be familiar with between the years 1813-1851. Those towns turned outto be Ashland, Halcott, Hunter, Jewett, Lexington, Prattsville, and the present-day Windham. Comprised mainly of farmers who settled in the area from New England post-Revolutionary Windham:War, early sights of Windham featured sprawling farmland and water-powered sawmills along the banks of the Batavia Kill. The same waterway is still there today running along thehistoric Main Street. While not a significant tourist destination at first, the small communityDiscovering developed, in large part, from the same farmers opening their doors to summer boarders inorder to gain more income. From this point, infrastructure leading to the mountaintopalong with advancements in transportation allowed for more tourists to spend theira diamond summers in the Catskills, specifically in Windham. Shortly thereafter, larger boarding houses and modern amenities such as tennis courts and swimming pools were built and the rest asthey say, is history.in the snow Located just two and a half hours north of New York City, Windham is the perfect escapefor those seeking year-round outdoor adventures with activities such as hiking, golfing, andof course, skiing and riding. Once youre done rediscovering the beauty in the mountains,head into town to stroll down historic Main Street and visit one of the locally-owned shopsBY DAN TOTH or restaurants to cap off your day. The town of Windham is the ideal destination for thoseseeking a perfect combination of classic mountain living and modern conveniences.Come see for yourself what Windham has to offer! 60 above & beyondwinter 2020-2021'