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Re: St. Joseph's
Posted: 23 Aug 2002 3:36PM GMT

On Dec. 4, 1896 the nuns of the 3rd Order of St. Dominic Congregation of the Holy Cross, Brooklyn, NY purchased 1,400 acres in the Towns of Forestburgh and Thompson, beginning St. Josephs. It was purchased from the estate of Thomas Hunt Talmadge, a millionaire. On Dec. 8, 1896, Reverend Vincent Arcese arrived to become the first chaplain at St. Joseph Convent and St. Thomas Aquinas churches in Forestburgh. He served the area for 50 years, the longest tenure of any priest to date in Forestburgh. Currently, all building at St. Josephs have been demolished (with the exception of the former gymnasium), including all of the boys and girls camps. The only other building that remains is what was known as the Cardinals House which has now become a bed and breakfast (visit It is currently a private home community. St. Josephs used to be the only post office in town with a zip code of 12777, when St. Josephs closed, the town decided to have it's own post office and took the 12777 zip code. To this date, every once in awhile a piece of mail will still come St. Josephs, NY 12777. My mother also attended the St. Josephs Mountain School, until the Monticello School District centralized. She graduated from Monticello High in 1958. I hope this helps some of you. By the way, I was baptized at St. Josephs, was a flower girl for another girl who graduated at St. Joes around 1968-1969, and St. Thomas Aquinas is the only church within the Town of Forestburgh. I am currently the Deputy Town Clerk of the Town of Forestburgh. Good luck to all of you searchers!!!

St. Joseph's
Posted: 24 Mar 2001 12:00PM GMT

Surnames: Brown, Colwell, McCrabie, McGregor
St. Joseph's New York was located on Route 42, about 7 miles from Monticello. Near Forestburgh. I am a 1967 graduate of St. Joseph's Mountain School for Girls and spent four years at the school. Back in those days St. Joseph's had it's own Post Office and zip code. I am not sure about now. And I am not sure when the church was established there. When I attended school there all they had was a small chapel where Sunday Liturgy was held for the students and local families. The school was run by the Dominican Sisters. It seems to me that none of the buildings there dated back to the 1800's.
In 1999 I attended the 125th reunion of St. Peter's RC Church in Monticello NY and received a booklet outlining some of the history of the Catholic Church in Sullivan County. They don't mention St. Joseph's, New York but they do say that the oldest Catholic Church building in Sullivan County is St. Joseph's in Wurtsboro, NY.- could this be your St. Joseph's? They also say that St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello was established in 1878 and prior to that the dead were buried on property around the church (and later moved to the new cemetery).
Perhaps the local newspapers or the Sullivan County Historical Society can help you on the history of these places. Hope this helps.

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