Exploring the Backroad Beauty of Delaware County NY

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Part of the Southern Tier region of NYS, Delaware County, consisting of approximately 14,000 square miles was founded in 1797.   Picturesque mountains line the landscape and river valleys provide beautiful vistas in all directions.  The county population is about 44,740 and the median income around $50,000.  We first experienced Delaware County's beauty when our youngest attended SUNY Delhi back in 2002.  Some may find Delhi to be a sleepy little town with a handful of stores, a few eateries and a quaint 'main street' but the college proved the perfect choice for our hospitality student and we loved visiting, especially the scenic ride out I-88.

This past weekend we took a drive to Delaware County to visit the Hobart Book Village in Hobart NY.  In 2005 Don Dales, a local entrepreneur, established the only book village east of the Mississippi in historical Hobart, New York. Today there are 8 independent bookshops as well as Art Galleries, Home Embellishment, Vintage Clothing and Antiques shops in the village. (http://www.hobartbookvillage.com/ ) Once we finished browsing a few of the shops, we ventured across the countryside to enjoy the breathtaking views, old barns, historic churches.  Come along on our Delaware County adventure........

I realize toward the end of these photos, at some point, we had left Delaware County and entered Schoharie County, another beautiful county in NYS.  If you aren't in the habit of taking road trips, I strongly encourage you to get out there and explore our beautiful state.  With smartphones in our pockets, we have access to directions at our fingertips.  Take a turn off the highway onto a backroad and see where it leads.  You never know what treasures you might find but if it's in Delaware County, you'll find plenty!   Thanks for coming along on another adventure in Life As I See It.  For more posts like this one featuring NYS and beyond, check out my blog Directory.
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