The Huckleberry Pickers: A Raucous History of the Shawangunk Mountains
by Marc B. Fried




“The Huckleberry Pickers relates the history and folkways of an indigenous Northern Appalachian subculture that flourished for nearly a century amid the desolate beauty of New York’s Shawangunk Mts. Berry picking here was an important regional industry whose labor force were self-employed squatters forming summertime communities of tents and tarpaper shanties, while outside buyers visited the camps to take the crates of berries down off the mountain. The stories of those whose formative years were shaped in this rustic environment range from poignant to scandalously entertaining.”