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    The Latest Developments On Rose Haven: An Update By Ron Biegel

    This past week did another drive by the Rose Haven site in Acra, New York, on my motorcycle.  There is definitely some effort underway to clear the overgrown vegetation. What strikes me is it is being done very carefully to maintain what little remains of the various former structure versus having a bulldozer level the area. From the road I can easily see the original sign at the entrance, the shuffleboard courts to the left, white painted curbing that bordered the driveway, raised white blocks that marked the entrance to the main building to the right of the main driveway, and of course the metal frame of the pool and…

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    Discussing Rose Haven With Ron Biegel

    The following is a bit of correspondence I recently had from Ron Biegel. Recently, I was discussing my visit to Rose Haven in Acra, New York, and the abandoned swimming pool I photographed in 2011. Since then, I have heard from numerous people who have had various ties to the former resort, including Jim Velsor, who sent me a series of vintage photographs of the resort. Ron asked me to post the audio recording along with a few pictures of how Rose Haven looks today. I happily obliged. January 7, 2023This follow-up email comes many years after several I sent you back in 2017. It seems long ago but compared…

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    Rose Haven’s Abandoned Swimming Pool

    I came across this place by accident.  Rose Haven was a resort in the Catskill Mountains, near Cairo, New York, that has been abandoned for some time.  Sadly, the only thing left of this place was the foundations of where the buildings used to stand, and of course, the steel deck swimming pool, which I photographed above. UPDATE:  The following photograph has been graciously provided to me since this post was first published. UPDATE: More pictures provided by Jim Velsor.