"Fair View" - postcard of the farm house circa 1930's. Site of the current "Pavillion". This house was moved 100 yards away on High Point Mountain Road and is no longer on our property. The Ashokan Dreams B&B was created in the converted 1780's barn that is just visible behind the farmhouse in this image.
The site for Ashokan Dreams has a long and colorful history. A farm dating back to the 1700's, it began to take shape in it's current form with an historic restoration of it's massive barn in the early 1950's. This restoration was done on behalf of Mary Margaret McBride. She made her home here in West Shokan for over 25 years. Mary Margaret McBride (November 16, 1899 - April 7, 1976) was an American radio interview host and author. Her popular radio shows spanned more than 40 years. In the 1940s the daily audience for her housewife-oriented program numbered from six to eight million listeners. She was called "The First Lady of Radio."
Mary Margaret McBride interviews her friends Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Truman
"Traveling west on State Route 28, Olive is thirty minutes from Kingston, New York—the first capitol of New York State-and is a little more than an hour travel time to the current state capitol of Albany. Being only two hours north of New York City and totally within the Catskill State Park, Olive has been a seasonal recreational area for New Yorkers. The boarding house days and hunting camps of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s have vanished and are now seasonal second homes or primary residences for many city folk."
Ashokan Dreams had one "boarding house" suite of rooms as early as 1952. We continue that Boarding House tradition with 3 lovely queen suites and services to delight you during your stay.
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