In 1898 Dunraven was a post station on the Plattekill. In the days when the country was new, and lumbering and tanning were prominent industries, it contained a grist mill and a tannery. The first of many Middletown tanneries was built here early in the (19th) century. A primitive feature of the tannery was that the vats for tanning the skins were made by digging holes in the earth and pounding in a lining of blue clay. In 1898 there were at Dunraven a mill and lumber yard owned by Olney Smith.