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As with so many early settlements anywhere, Leeds is all about the water. Route 23B, called Main Street in Leeds (a hamlet of the Town of Catskill), follows the Catskill Creek and still flourishes thereby, though no mill is turned by its waters today. These days the creek is a source of enjoyment for those who live there or anyone wanting a breath of mountain air, and Leeds is as beautiful a place as it was 100 years ago. Just drive up to Green Lake in Leeds and see if I’m not right.
Originally called something like Pasqoecq by the Native Americans, the area had a few names until it became Leeds in honor of Richard Hardwick’s home in England. Hardwick, who arrived about the time of the Battle of Waterloo—locally the end of the War of 1812—established the first woolen mill in Leeds, and the hamlet was called Mill Village for a bit before the name was changed to honor the mill’s creator.
The origins of the picturesque four-arched old bridge, where Route 23B crosses the Catskill Creek in Leeds, pre-date Hardwick’s arrival by many years, as does the stone Old Reformed Church. It’s quite beautiful and adds historical dignity to the hamlet, though it hasn’t served a congregation for decades. A much earlier survival of one of Leeds’ first inhabitants is Salisbury Manor, a private residence built around 1730. Both the church and the manor house are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the archaeological site at Leeds Flats, where rare remnants of the Mohicans’ settlement have been unearthed.
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The Catskill Creek runs behind Murphy’s Law Public House, if your overflow guests want to take a swim! You have an option at the Old Catskill Game Farm for camping or room in the Inn!
Launch your kayak in Athens or Catskill with Screaming Eagle Outdoor Adventures! Check out amphibians in Vosburgh Swamp! Pack the clubs for a round at Thunderhart Golf at Sunny Hill!
Thomas Cole National Historic Site is an important stop on the Hudson River School Art Trail! Try the Inn at Leeds for live music weekends! Catch a world-premiere at Bridge St. Theater!
Get fresh seasonal produce at Bulich Creekside Farm Stand! Stoneledge Farm has organic goods & their own apple sauce & candles! It’s a pretty drive up to East Durham Organic Farms!
Mac ‘n’ Cheese at Gracie’s Luncheonette! Sweet Potato, Spicy or French Fries at Penny’s Diner! Sweet Corn Nuggets & Classic Caesar Salad at Barnwood! Bistro 27’s Fettuccine Alfredo!
Discover total balance at Adam & Eve Beauté! Yoga Path believes in the ethics of yoga on & off the mat! Get the fade shaped up at Justin’s or in the old-fashioned shop at Drop Dead!
You never know what you’ll find at Hodge Podge Leeds! Pick up greeting cards & coffee at Hartland! Browse to your heart’s content at Magpie Books! Mansion & Reed is about good food!
There are grand Hudson River views awaiting everyone who reaches the bluff-top at Four Mile Point Preserve! Community Theatre is a vaudeville-era venue screening the latest movies!
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So, you might come to Leeds for the historic significance of some of its buildings and locales, but people these days mostly love Leeds due to its natural surroundings, particularly the Catskill Creek. One tried-and-true dipping spot is just where the trees line the creek behind the Inn at Leeds (formerly O’Shea’s Irish Center), one of the locals’ favorite spots for a pint of Guinness and something to eat.
The Irish ambience hasn’t left Leeds, though it’s been decades since the heyday. At one time you couldn’t walk 20 feet in the hamlet without finding another Irish pub or dance center packed with folks who found the lush green hills of Leeds reminded them of the old sod. You can still see the Irish flag hung from many a porch, and though O’Neill’s is no longer run by an O’Neill, it’s run by Charlie Donoghue (who’s a doll); the Wifi password is Irish Breakfast!
There are at least three other eateries on Main Street in Leeds besides the Inn: Another long-time local favorite, recently given a face lift, is the Murphy family’s Murphy’s Law Public House, serving enticing fare like Brussel Sprout Hash and Reuben Fritters. Two Culinary Institute grads took over the site of Koch’s Drive-in, for decades a Leeds landmark, and have cooked up a sweet and savory menu at Gracie’s Luncheonette. Lindsay’s (which was Betty’s up until about six years ago and, I’m told, has been a restaurant “forever”), has an attractive ‘50s-style menu. Just outside of the hamlet is the Barnwood Restaurant, featuring a significant on-tap beer list plus lunch and dinner “homemade to order from the freshest ingredients available!”
When you’re cooking for yourselves, Stoneledge Farm is where you sign up for the community supported agriculture program and pick up an abundance of their organically grown goods plus other edibles June through Columbus Day weekend. Bulich Creekside Farms is open during the same period for their home-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
You’ll be all smiles at the And-Hof Animal Sanctuary when you see how many creatures have been given a carefree, happy life by Kurt Andernach. The creative spirit and love for nature and for animals that seizes someone like Andernach to leave his architecture and interior design business and such clients as Diane von Furstenberg and adopt all these animals is such a beautiful thing. They’re northwest of Leeds a mile into the woods, and that’s lovely in spring, summer and autumn, but think about winter. As he says, “When there’s two feet of snow, the priority is getting the animals watered and fed.” I mentioned I had seen goats on the road near his place; he said, “That’s George.” I didn’t ask who George is, but that farm is so pretty, with more goats and sheep inside George’s fences.
Hartland on Hudson is one of the creative businesses in town, selling one-of-a-kind gifts and their own paper goods behind their café in a beautifully restored 1851 brick building. The Hodge Podge Shop is Leeds’ “mom and pop” antique store, right across from the Reformed Church.
Finally, you should know that in Leeds you’re not too far from a private airport, if you need somewhere to land your jet.
Someone’s sure to snatch up a Leeds home for sale that's a snug three-bedroom, 1.5-bath cottage built in 1900 with a fenced-in yard of Leeds NY real estate plus a pond and a crushed Italian marble driveway; all the furnishings come with it, plus a barnyard full of animals! Another Leeds home for sale is a 3,000+-square-foot four-bedroom two-bath colonial-style open-floor-plan home on quiet country Leeds NY real estate with an above-ground pool and large garage/shed. Want something larger in a Leeds home? Don’t miss the fully renovated 1920 farmhouse with rocking-chair porch and carriage house on two acres of lush Leeds real estate.
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