A lot of people wonder where we’re located. Hobart is a tiny little village in the Town of Stamford in Delaware County. That doesn’t help much does it? Well, we’re also in the northwest corner of the Catskills. You know the Catskills, the birthplace of Rip Van Winkle and The Headless Horseman and Henny Youngman. When we tell people we’re in “The Catskills” they usually have some idea, but then again, where exactly are the Catskills?
The Catskills is a group of mountains at the northeast end of the Appalachians. It’s a large swath of upstate New York that covers most of Delaware, Ulster, Greene, Schoharie and Sullivan counties. The official Catskill State Park, all 700,000 acres of it, fits within this larger, loosely defined region. The Catskills name comes from the Dutch word “kill” for “creek” combined with “catamount’’ for the mountain lions that once roamed the hills. And it is with the Dutch that the story begins. In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed up the river that would bear his name and, after the fog of a September morning lifted, got his first glimpse of the Catskills. That fog would later help to set the stage for many a folklore. Legends that brought millions up from the city. Travelers leaving the heat of New York City first unloaded from boats headed north on the Hudson at the town of Catskill. As more and more people took the journey, more and more hotels dotted the land and the region grew. The Hudson River School of Art took root in the northeast corner of the Catskills. The Arts and Crafts movement started in the US in and around Woodstock. And later was a focal point for musicians and famous concerts. And many stand-up comedians started in the southern part, mostly Sullivan County.
Nowadays, the Catskills are a wonderful mix of farmers, carpenters, artists, musicians, second-home owners and people looking to move out of NYC once and for all to live in these bucolic hills. With that beauty comes some rough spots, mountainous and criss-crossed by trout-filled streams. The Catskills will be the perfect spot for testing our truck when completed. The main design features for the truck were born out of necessity to take on farm duties and off-road work. Not to mention fun in the dirt. We’re excited to get our first prototype completed and out on the road — and into the woods.