Thick hemlock forests, abundant wildlife, and cool mountain water lured the Mohawk and Dutch, English, and German settlers to this area. In the early 1800s, Zadock Pratt, a tanner in nearby Jewett, saw an opportunity and seized it, using the tannin from the trees to establish a tannery that yielded $500,000 in profits by 1825. To celebrate his success, Pratt built 100 Federal-style buildings in the area, forming Prattsville; 80 of them still stand. Not content to rest on his laurels, Pratt went on to become a banker, and, eventually, a U.S. congressman. These days, second-home owners, out-of-towners, and locals enjoy the slow-paced life here. Main Street is lined with Arts and Crafts bungalows, Victorian houses, and Gothic Revival and Greek Revival buildings.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More