The Ashokan Reservoir Collection

  • West Shokan, Catskills
  • Jun 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018
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The Ulster County Clerk’s Office is pleased to collaborate with the Olive Free Library, and bring to you a piece of the history behind the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. The Ashokan Reservoir was constructed between the years of 1905 and 1916 for the sole purpose of providing New York City with fresh water. As a result of this monumental project, numerous records were produced. These records document the transfer of land from the local inhabitants and also put the viewer back in the court room listening to first person testimony when the claimants were suing the Board of Water Supply for additional compensation.

Additional information on the Ashokan Reservoir is available at the Olive Free Library and by visiting the Ulster County Archives website at

Library Hours:
Monday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed

  • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • 4033 Rt 28-A Laurie Hancock
    West Shokan, NY 12494
  • 845 657 2482
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  • Children Are Free: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • PTH Weekend Event (6/16-17 & 10/6-8, 2018): Yes
  • Olive Free Library
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