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Bevans in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Village of Bevans

Delaware Water Gap Natíl Recreation Area

 
 
The Village of Bevans Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2009
1. The Village of Bevans Marker
Inscription. Dutchman Peter Van Nests, first Sandyston Surveyor of Highways, settled here around 1767 at the intersection of rural roads that he had surveyed. The community, Peters Valley, became one of several small villages that supported nearby farms through the late 1800s.

The village grew with the general store, which opened in 1830, and the Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1838. In time, houses and shops lined the roads of the village, now called Henís Foot Corners to describe its crossroads. The village finally adopted the name Bevans when the Bevans Family established a post office here around 1880.

Like other rural communities in the nation, Bevans declined after 1900. Summer vacationers then discovered the place, filling its hotel and briefly shoring the village up, but by 1950 few year-round residents remained.

In 1965, Bevans became part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Within a few years, it was re-born as an artist community, Peters Valley Craft Center.
 
Erected by Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
 
Location. 41° 12.616′ N, 74° 51.265′ W. Marker is in Bevans, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Mine
Delaware Water Gap Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2009
2. Delaware Water Gap Marker
Road and Walpack Road N, on the left when traveling north on Old Mine Road. Click for map. Marker is in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Layton NJ 07851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bevans, New Jersey (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dingman's Ferry (approx. 1.2 miles away in Pennsylvania); Layton, New Jersey (approx. 1.5 miles away); Stokes State Forest (approx. 3.5 miles away); Wallpack, N.J. (approx. 3.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Hainesville, New Jersey (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Westbrook - Bell House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Old Mine Road (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a photograph of the Store and Residence of Frank McKeeby, Bevans, N.J. It has a caption of “The Crossroads in Bevans around 1900. The villagesís buildings display an unusual array of architecture. The unique Greek Revival House (above) was built as a home in 1855. McKeebyís Store (right), now the Craft Store and Gallery, was built around 1850 in a more vernacular interpretation of Greek Revival. It is also a rare example of cobblestone construction with a stucco finish. (Photo courtesy of Patte Haggerty Frato.)”
 
Also see . . .
Marker on Old Mine Road Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2009
3. Marker on Old Mine Road
Old Mine Road is the main road through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey. The marker is located along this road.

1. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Local History of the Peters Valley area. Peters Valley Craft Center website. (Submitted on March 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Post Office
Hi, my name is Leandro and I have a 1918 post card showing a picture of the post office back in those days. If you are interested, please reply to this message.
Thank you.

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Thank you.
    — Submitted December 22, 2010, by Leandro A Lemus of Paterson, New Jersey.

 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Delaware Water Gap Natíl Rec Area Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2009
4. Delaware Water Gap Natíl Rec Area
 
 
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