February 14 – 16, 2015.

Two self-guided audio walks, exploring hidden landscapes and histories in Hobart and Margaretville.

UPDATE: The Margaretville walk will be accessible on Saturday 14th through Monday 16th. The Hobart walk will remain installed and accessible throughout the winter (in case it’s too cold this weekend).

  • Do them anytime over President’s Weekend.
  • Download the audio below before heading to the walk. (Note: there’s no cell service at the start of the Margaretville walk, though there is in the village and free wifi at the library. Hobart has wifi at most of the bookstores and cell coverage).
  • Maps to the walks are available below and printouts can be found at the start of each walk.
  • Each walk takes about an hour.

Walk 1 – Jennifer Kabat
The Rainmaker’s Flood

Jennifer Kabat’s walk explores the nature of rain and snow and ice, Johannes Kepler, war, water, the watershed and weather modification (the first largescale experiment with it took place here in 1950 with snow in April and floods at Thanksgiving). Bring snowshoes. A limited number are available to borrow. Contact us.

START: Bull Run Road, Margaretville, NY 12455 – Google Map (Entrance is about 1,000 feet past the junction with Cross Road, on the right and will be signed).

Download the MAP for this walk

There is virtually no cell service at the Margaretville walk, so you will need to download the audio to your phone or mp3 player before you go.

If you have an iPhone (or mp3 player) there are two ways to do this:

1. Subscribe to the Podcast (this link will open in iTunes), and download the episode. On your iPhone you will find the audio in the Podcasts app.


2. Download the Audio file, import it into iTunes, and sync your phone (or mp3 player).

Download the PODCAST for this walk (Best for iPhones, smartphones)

Download the AUDIO for this walk (Best for iPods, mp3 players)


Walk 2 – Anna Moschovakis
To Pill Town: A Beginning (Version I)

Once called Waterville, Hobart NY (pop. 441) is now a mill town without a mill. Its most visible businesses are a string of used bookstores and the Mallinckrodt (former Covidien, former Tyco) pharmaceutical factory, where oxycodone and other opiate drugs are manufactured. Moschovakis’ walk weaves together recurring elements from her associative research into the town’s identity – books, drugs, water, fire, jobs, railways, naming, real estate, and the chance operations of history – raising altogether more questions than it answers.

START: Liberty Rock Books, 678 Main Street, Hobart, NY 13788 – Google Map.

Download the MAP for this walk

Download the PODCAST for this walk (Best for iPhones, smartphones)

Download the AUDIO for this walk  (Best for iPods, mp3 players)