The documentary won a Gold Remi award at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival and has been shown widely in regional venues. The Video Librarian Review in its March-April 2011 edition gave "The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around"a 3+ rating and called it "Highly Recommended".
The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around is the fascinating story of America's first great mountain top hotel, romantic tourism, and cut-throat competition in New York's Northern Catskills. For 140 years, from 1823 to 1963, the Catskill Mountain House stood atop the Catskill High Peaks as a symbol of the Gilded Age. Beginning in the 1850's, The Laurel House, The Hotel Kaaterskill, The Overlook Mountain House and The Grand Hotel also became world famous vacation spots that attracted business tycoons, artists and Presidents. The story of the rise and fall of the Catskill Mountain House is a compelling tale of steamboat and railroad empires, bitter rivalries, exclusive private preserves, fabulous art and picturesque landmarks that celebrated the Catskills as part of the American "Grand Tour” and as America's "First Wilderness."
Here are a few images of this world famous attraction and the region, including the Hotel Kaaterskill, which was the world's largest wood-frame building when it was completed in the 1880s. We hope you'll join us for this screening of The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on Wednesday, October 24th.