In its heydey, Summitville was a depot for both the D&H Canal (which transported coal from the Delaware River down to the Hudson River, and ultimately, New York City) and the O&W Railroad.
Now, the hamlet is sleepy (yep, it’s technically a “hamlet” – New York state has hamlets, villages, towns, cities..etc), with just a few residents in farmhouses. At the town crossroads, the crumbling buildings give a hint of what once was.
I walked to the town following the old D&H route. It’s about a one-mile walk from the Bova Road access point for the D&H (off Route 209 near Summitville). The walk begins with interpretive signs explaining the complex engineering of the canal, as well as how people of the time lived. Then, you’ll pass by the actual canal, which flanks wetlands full of birds, turtles and frogs. It’s a lovely way to spend a weekend morning.