A Visit to Hobart Book Village

Beautiful books and gorgeous scenery — that’s a combination which is hard to beat!  Just a week ago we were on the book scouting trail again…this time our trek took us to Hobart Book Village in Hobart, New York.   There are five book stores located on Main Street of this beautiful little town located in the northern Catskill Mountains:

Wm. H. Adams Antiquarian Book Shop 

Blenheim Hill Books 

Hobart International Bookport

Liberty Rock Books

Mysteries and More Crime Café

A sixth store — the Biblio Barn in South Kortright, New York — is a large and long-established book shop which is located just a short drive away from the village.  We didn’t make it there this trip, but we’ve been there before and it’s definitely worth your time.  If you want to visit a lovely scenic area and a town where you can hit five or six book shops in one location, Hobart Book Village is a destination you must put on your list.  Each shop is a little bit different, so you can find a wide variety of collecting or reading genres.  The proprietors and staff are friendly, hospitable, and love what they are doing.  The book village also holds cultural events, including author readings, lectures, art shows, and special book sales on Memorial Day and Thanksgiving weekend.

Of course the Catskills are steeped in literary history, for the area was made legendary by writers such as Washington Irving  and James Fennimore Cooper  and it’s beauty has been captured on canvas by the famous Hudson River School of American landscape painters  who worked from about 1825 to 1875 depicting the grandeur of the Catskill Mountains, as well as the Hudson River Valley and Niagara Falls.

Here are a few of the books we found in Hobart:

The Cross Bearers – A Story of the Medical Corps, A. M. Frey (NY: Viking Press, 1930)

The Siege of Youth, Frances Charles (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1903)

The Siege of Youth, Frances Charles (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1903)

Yellowstone Nights, by Herbert Quick (NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1911)

Malabar Farm, Louis Bromfield (NY: Harper & Brothers, 1948)

I was remiss in not taking photos of the shops and the area; we had just come from the Poughkeepsie, New York book sale AND a trip to New York City to help my son with a home improvement project, with a car full of tools (we know how to cram things into a weekend!).  But to get an inkling of how beautiful it really is in the Catskills, click here.   It’s one of the most beautiful areas in the Northeast.


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  1. Didn’t you visit Malabar Farm a couple of years back???

    • Hi Corinne,
      Good memory! I’ve written a few articles for Bookthink.com about Malabar Farm and Louis Bromfield over the years, and have visited the farm in Lucas, Ohio several times. It was one of the first “sustainable”organic farms, established by Pulitzer Prize winning author Louis Bromfield. It is still a working farm and a State Park. It’s also where Bogey and Bacall spent their honeymoon!

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