Sussex in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
High Point: An Early Haven for Sightseers & Sportsmen
High Point State Park
Early Settlement Were Sparse
Since prehistoric times the rugged landscape of the Kittatinny Ridge has made it more a place to visit than a place to live. Native Americans hunted the forests and fished the lakes here, but their villages were located in the more fertile river valley below.
By the early 1800s a few settlers built farmsteads amongst the rocks. These hardy mountain dwellers survived by logging the forests for cordwood and charcoal, growing crops and raising livestock.
The Rocky Ridge Attracted Hunters, Fishermen, and Sightseers
In 1855 the State Geological Survey identified the summit of the Kittatinny Mountains as New Jersey’s highest point. It became a popular destination for sightseers who trekked up the mountain to fish and picnic on the banks of Lake Marcia, gather huckleberries and to hike to the “high point” to enjoy the panoramic view.
“High Point is a spot of beauty and a joy forever to every lover of Nature’s handiwork.”
The High Point Inn: An Era of Lavish Recreation
In 1890 Charles St. John of Port Jervis, New York built the High Point Inn. It stood on this bluff overlooking Lake Marcia, offering views of both the summit above and the river valley below. At this grand hotel vacationers played croquet and lawn tennis, cards and billiards. They danced to the Inn’s resident orchestra and went swimming, boating, fishing, hunting and hiking. Although its remote location made access to the Inn difficult, it operated successfully for almost 20 years until it closed in 1908.
High Point to 1900
1623 The Dutch settle Manhattan.
1726 Population of NJ: 32,442
1775-1783 The American Revolution. New Jersey becomes a state.
1784 Population of NJ: 149,435
1803-1806 Lewis and Clark lead the first exploration across the continent of North America.
1840s A railroad is built through Port Jervis, NY.
1850s Kittatiny Mountain is heavily logged. Some of the cleared slopes are used for pasture.
1855 The State Geological Survey identifies the peak of the Kittatinny Ridge as New Jersey’s highest point.
1861-1865 The American Civil War
1870s High Point is a
1878 A wooden observation platform is built at the summit of Kittatinny Mountain.
1890 Charles St. John builds the High Point Inn.
Erected by State of New Jersey.
Location. 41° 19.07′ N, 74° 40.133′ W. Marker is in Sussex, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is on New Jersey Route 23, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located off the loop road in High Point State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sussex NJ 07461, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Gift of a State Park (here, next to this marker); Public Parks: Refuge & Recreation for All (here, next to this marker); The Kuser Lodge: An Inn, A Mansion, A Museum (here, next to this marker); High Point Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Indian Raid (approx. 3 miles away in New York); Trolley Line (approx. 3.1 miles away in New York); Machackemech Burying Ground (approx. 3.3 miles away in New York); a different marker also named Indian Raid (approx. 3.3 miles away in New York). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sussex.
More about this marker. A picture of the High Point Inn appears at the center of the marker. It has a caption of “From 1890 to 1908 the High Point Inn stood on this bluff. This luxurious retreat offered relaxation, fresh air, and panoramic views of the river valley, the ‘high point’ at the summit of Kittatinny Mountain and Lake Marcia.”
Also see . . . High Point State Park. Outdoorplaces.com website. (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,031 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.