“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dingmans Ferry in Pike County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Woodland Paradise

Woodland Paradise Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Thomas P. Martin, August 11, 2016
1. Woodland Paradise Marker
Inscription.  George W. Childs designed his park according to contemporary ideals, especially the belief that nature and natural scenery are restorative. At a time when cities were crowded, dirty, and dominated by industry, public parks were places where everyone could mingle, stroll, contemplate, and enjoy being outdoors.

After Childs' death, his wife, Emma, managed the public park for eighteen years. In 1912, she deeded the land to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. George W. Childs Park became part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in 1983.

George W. Childs Park is home to a trout stream flowing through a lush ravine, three rushing waterfalls, ruins of the Brooks Woolen Mill, and several structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Here Childs fulfilled his vision of a public woodland paradise. The National Park Service is proud to continue Childs' vision and preserve this park for public enjoyment.

Captions (top to bottom):
• Dingmans Creek plunges 25 feet at Deer Leap Falls.
• A gradual waterfall, like Factory Falls, forms when rock at the top of the waterfall is not much harder than
George William Childs (1829-1894) image. Click for full size.
Frederick Gutekunst via Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (public domain), circa 1875
2. George William Childs (1829-1894)
An illegitimate child, Childs became the wealthy and influential co-owner of the Philadelphia Public Ledger newspaper.
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rock at the bottom.
• From the top of Fulmer Falls to the Delaware River, Dingmans Creek drops 600 feet in three miles.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 41° 14.225′ N, 74° 55.154′ W. Marker is near Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, in Pike County. Marker can be reached from Park Road (Road T334) west of Silver Lake Road (County Road 2004), on the left when traveling west. Marker is at the southern (accessible) trailhead of George W. Childs Park in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dingmans Ferry PA 18328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George W. Childs Park (here, next to this marker); Roosevelt's Tree Army (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harnessing the Creek (about 700 feet away); Dingman's Ferry (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Village of Bevans (approx. 3.8 miles away in New Jersey); Bevans, New Jersey (approx. 4½ miles away in New Jersey); Layton, New Jersey (approx. 5.1 miles away in New Jersey); Wyoming-Minisink Path (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dingmans Ferry.
Also see . . .  George William Childs. Besides
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the park that bears his name, Childs' legacy includes "blurbs" (endorsements by famous people) on book covers, book tours by authors, an early planned community and memorials to William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in their respective hometowns. (Wikipedia) (Submitted on March 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 25, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2. submitted on March 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Mar. 28, 2023