In Andes (both town and hamlet) we treasure our local history and, at the same time, remain proudly connected to the wider world, having a long history of both affecting and being dramatically affected by the rest of the state and New York City. Though we are tucked away in the remote foothills of the western Catskill Mountains, there’s nothing frozen in amber about us.
Founded in 1819, the hamlet of Andes was a thriving self-sufficient village, in its early days, with 9 saw and grist mills, artisans and professionals of every stripe, and hotels that were stops on a major stagecoach route.
A culminating event in the tenant rebellion in upstate New York, known as the Anti-rent War, occurred in Andes in 1845, leading to the termination of an archaic form of land tenure akin to feudal serfdom. It happened on Dingle Hill when undersheriff Osman Steele, at a forced cattle sale, was shot on his horse by a masked “Calico Indian” (one of the tenant farmer protesters, claiming to have been shot at first). Hundreds subsequently were sentenced to death by hanging, though their sentences were later commuted by the next governor.