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The Town of Andes was formed in 1819, breaking off from the Town of Middletown. The name of the town was the result of a jocular suggestion by Daniel H. Burr, who seeing that the new town was to include one of the hilliest sections of the county, said it ought to be called Andes. (From Munsell’s History of Delaware County, NY, 1880).

The varied and outstanding period architecture has placed most of Andes’ Main Street on the National Register of Historic Places. Even though its population has diminished and its character is no longer that of an agrarian center, Andes is still a vigorous hamlet.

The hotel, shops, restaurants and galleries draw people from all over the region. The Andes Hotel regularly presents comedy shows, cabaret night, folk, jazz and rock music, and a monthly karaoke night. Their space is available for catered events including dances and weddings. In 2007 the New York State Department of Transportation completed a long-awaited re-construction of Route 28 through Andes, accompanied by a hamlet-wide streetscape project that included new sidewalks, curbs, wastewater drainage, and crosswalks, as well as landscape plantings, benches and vintage lighting. This thriving community is filled with wonderful retail spaces, numerous places to eat, and some great hotels.

To learn more, go to the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, the Andes Gazette and the Andes Chamber of Commerce.

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