Humans of the Catskills: Margaret DiBenedetto

Margaret DiBenedetto

Journey to the Catskills:

In 1833 my great-great-great-great grandfather John Griffin settled in Delaware County, at a place that came to be called Griffin’s Corners, which later became the village of Fleischmanns. I am a 6th generation native.


I retired after 20 years in Land Management with the NYC DEP.


Often occupied with matters of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (Board Chair), grandmother duty (Nona to 7!), and writing (two books in the wings with more to follow). 

Happiness Is:

A long bike ride in warm sunshine, or conversely, a snowshoeing in a hemlock forest.

Favorite Dish:

My favorite dish is the large tray of lasagna I just made for my family. My favorite part is not eating it – just crafting it with lots of love.

Ideal Country Home:

Mine. On the top of a hill at the end of a dead-end road, overlooking farm fields, beaver ponds, wetlands, and Vly Mountain. Lucky enough to raise my kids where I grew up and see my grands climb the same stone walls I did when I was their age. Nothing better.