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By Don Morfe, August 2, 2015
Delaware Water Gap Marker
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Bushkill — Delaware Water GapSmithfield Beach
Welcome to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This unit of the National Park system stretches along both sides of the middle Delaware River for 40 miles from Milford in the north to the scenic Water Gap in the south. The park has places to . . . — Map (db m87113) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Bushkill — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation AreaPark Headquarters
Welcome to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This unit of the National Park system stretches along both sides of the middle Delaware River for 40 miles from Milford in the north to the scenic Water Gap in the south.

The park has . . . — Map (db m87106) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Bushkill — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation AreaBushkill Meeting Center
Welcome to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This unit of the National Park system stretches along both sides of the middle Delaware River for 40 miles from Milford in the north to the scenic Water Gap in the south. The park has places to . . . — Map (db m87108) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Bushkill — This National Park Is Our HomeDelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area — Smithfield Beach
Clean, free flowing rivers create unique and valuable ecosystems. Riffles, runs, and pools in the main channel of the Delaware River provide a variety of aquatic habitats. Dense underwater plant beds shelter game fish, minnows, and darters. Buried . . . — Map (db m87131) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Bushkill — Village of BushkillDelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The first recorded European settler in this area was a Spaniard named Manuel Gonzales, who reached here around 1750. Subsequent settlers built a tavern, a gristmill, and other facilities, so that by 1820, Bushkill could be called a village. It had . . . — Map (db m87111) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Bushkill — Wild & Scenic RiverDelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area — Smithfield Beach
The Delaware River is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi. Three segments-Upper, Middle, and Lower---flow unimpeded 330 miles from Hancock, New York, to the Delaware Bay.

Congress designated the Middle Delaware National Scenic . . . — Map (db m87134) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Dingmans Ferry — Dingman's Ferry
Here was located one of the earliest ferries across the Delaware. Andrew Dingman in 1750 built the flatboat he used as a ferry with his own hand axe. Dingman was one of the pioneer settlers. — Map (db m76379) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Greeley — Sylvania Colony
The site of Horace Greeley’s Utopian colony modeled on Brook Farm and the ideas of Fourier, French Socialist, was located here. Based on common property holding and equal labor, it failed in 1845 after July frosts had killed all crops. — Map (db m23684) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — 9/11 MemorialGod Bless America

Our community mourns the loss of those who perished during the terrorist attacks carried out on U. S. soil on September 11, 2001. We remember their sacrifice as well as that of their families and friends— from all walks of . . . — Map (db m121659) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — Bingham Park

This park, once flooded as a basin for canal boats on the Delaware & Hudson Canal, was purchased by Adelbert W. Bingham and donated by him and Margaret Bingham, his wife, to the Borough of Hawley, Pennsylvania March 15, . . . — Map (db m121625) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — Daniels' Farmhouse at New CastleDelaware & Hudson Canal Park at Lock 31

Much had been written about the Delaware & Hudson Canal but unfortunately, that is not the case for this building, especially its early years.

According to Phineas Goodrich in his 1880 book, History of Wayne County, Pennsylvania, . . . — Map (db m122239) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — Daniels Farmhouse, D&H Canal Park at Lock 31 Towpath Trail and Riverside Trail"The D&H" Railroad and Canal — Hawley Mile Marker 367

This historic building dates to the early 1800s and was built using post and beam construction. In 1821 it was owned by Russell Daniels and was called the Daniels Farm. The Delaware & Hudson Canal was built directly behind the house; Lock 31 . . . — Map (db m122297) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — Delaware & Hudson Canal Company Boat Outline

The wooden stakes with white rope in front of you, show the size of a D & H Canal Co. boat after 1850, when they were eighty-nine feet long and fourteen and a half feet wide.

At the stern (back end) was a small cabin which was about twelve . . . — Map (db m122225) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — Facts about the Delaware & Hudson Canal 1828-1898Delaware & Hudson Canal Park at Lock 31

It took nearly three years (spring of 1826 to fall of 1828) to build the Delaware & Hudson Canal primarily with German, Scotch, and Irish immigrant labor with the help of horses, hand tools and unpredictable black powder. Dynamite and . . . — Map (db m122221) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — History of Hawley
In the late 18th century, pioneers moving west through the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania found a place where three streams converged. They settled here and built a sawmill, eventually rafting lumber down the Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers . . . — Map (db m89518) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — Pennsylvania's Delaware & Hudson Canal Park at Lock 31Delaware & Hudson Canal Park at Lock 31

Locks raise and lower canal boats where the elevation of the land changes. The 972 feet elevation difference between Honesdale, PA on the left side of the blue diagram below, and Kingston, NY on the right side, is drawn using 108 steps. . . . — Map (db m122270) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Hawley — War Memorial

In honor of those who died for their country

They gave their today for our tomorrow

Dedicated Nov. 13, 1960 V.F.W. 5823 — Map (db m121651) WM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lackawaxen — Battle of Minisink
July 22, 1779, 300 Tories and Indians led by Joseph Brant, Mohawk chief, were attacked near Lackawaxen by some 175 settlers. Brant was returning from raiding New York settlements. All but 25 of the patriots were killed. Brant escaped. — Map (db m23632) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lackawaxen — Breaking the Ice

Look down at the massive icebreakers protecting the aqueduct's piers. John Roebling designed these plow-like structures to break up ice and deflect debris that flows down the Delaware. In some winters, ice may build up to six feet . . . — Map (db m121411) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lackawaxen — Ecker-Haupt War Memorial
. . . — Map (db m121227) WM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lackawaxen — Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct

Imagine boats traveling above the river here. After 1848, 50-ton canal boats crossed over the Delaware River at this site. Chief canal engineer Russel F. Lord and civil engineer John A. Roebling designed and built this suspension . . . — Map (db m121303) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lackawaxen — Sylvania Colony
The site of Horace Greeley’s Utopian colony modeled on Brook Farm and the ideas of Fourier, French Socialist, was located here. Based on common property holding and equal labor, it failed in 1845 after July frosts had killed all crops. — Map (db m23682) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lackawaxen — Unknown SoldierRevolutionary War

Killed in the Battle of Minisink July 22 1779 — Map (db m121449) WM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lackawaxen — Veterans MemorialGod Bless America

Humbly and Gratefully Dedicated to The United States of America's Armed Forces

We honor all who have served our great nation and ask you, remember mothers, fathers, wives husbands, children, family and friends, they too pay . . . — Map (db m121563) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lackawaxen — Zane Grey(1872 – 1939)
The prolific author of western novels lived on this property, 1905-1918. Among his books written here was the famed “Riders of the Purple Sage” (1912). He had a lifelong love for this area, and his remains now rest within view of the . . . — Map (db m23642) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Lords Valley — Wyoming-Minisink Path
The highway here follows closely the route of the Delaware Indian trail from Minisink Island to Wyoming. Refugees from the Massacre of Wyoming, 1778, camped by the “boiling” spring, which may be seen in the woods a few yards SW of here. — Map (db m23643) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Matamoras — Delaware River
Called Lennape Wihittuck by native Lenni Lennape Indians. Lamasepose or Great Fishkill by early Dutch settlers. — Map (db m24480) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Matamoras — Mid – Delaware
Name given to present bridge erected 1939. Other bridges destroyed by ice gorge March 17, 1875 and flood of October 10, 1903. — Map (db m24482) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Matamoras — Old Stone Fort
Sometimes referred to as Fort Matamoras, this stone structure was built about 1740 by Simon Westfael, one of the earliest Dutch settlers in the region. It was a refuge from Indians in days of frontier warfare. — Map (db m23633) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — "Grey Towers"Gifford Pinchot Home
Has been designated a Registered National Historical Landmark This site possesses National significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1963 This site administered by Forest Service U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . — Map (db m76374) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Benjamin Alden Bidlack

This monument with the following inscription is designed from the one erected by the Americans of Bogata U.S. Columbia. The Americans in Bogata erect this monument, to the memory of their late-friend & countryman. The Hon. Benj. . . . — Map (db m108655) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Centre Square Drinking FountainMilford National Historic District-Registered 1998 — Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County
Sculpted from blocks of bluestone in 1911 for the Village Improvement Association. This fountain was erected originally at curbside, to provide drinking water to horses in front, pedestrians in back and dogs on either side. — Map (db m89641) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — 1948 — Charles S. Peirce
The noted philosopher, logician, scientist and founder of pragmatism lived in this house from 1887 until his death in 1914. America's most original philosopher and greatest logician, a great part of his work was written here. — Map (db m32252) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Gifford Pinchot
The noted forester, conservationist and Governor of Pennsylvania two terms in 1923-27, 1931-35, had his ancestral home at Gray Towers, Milford. He is buried in this cemetery. Born in Connecticut, 1865. Died on October 4, 1946. — Map (db m23723) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Gifford Pinchot
The noted forester, conservationist and Governor of Pennsylvania two terms in 1923-27; 1931-35, had his ancestral home at Gray Towers, Milford. Born in Connecticut, 1865 of a long line of pioneers of this region. Died on October 4, 1946. — Map (db m89519) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Gifford Pinchot(1865-1946)
Noted forester, conservationist and progressive leader. Chief, 1898-1910, U.S. Forest Service (as renamed in 1905 ). Governor of Pennsylvania, two terms, 1923-1927 & 1931-1935. His first term brought major governmental reorganization. His second . . . — Map (db m89520) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Historic Swimming Pool and Terrace
The swimming pool (1923 - 1925) was one of the first landscape features added by Gifford and Cornelia Pinchot when they moved into Grey Towers. It was designed by family friend and designed Chester Aldrich of Delano & Aldrich, who incorporated many . . . — Map (db m76377) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Hotel Fauchère
First established in 1852 as a summer hotel, its restaurant received widespread recognition for innovative French cuisine under the management of Louis Fauchère, master chef at New York City’s famed Delcomonico’s Restaurant. He introduced fine . . . — Map (db m66018) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Judge John Biddis1749-1820
In honor of Judge John Biddis founder of Milford, Pennsylvania in 1796. He named Milford after a town in Wales, the home of his ancestors. Judge Biddis was one of the first four circuit judges appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania.

Assigned . . . — Map (db m89640) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — MilfordEast Stroudsburg 33
Named for old town in Wales formerly called Wells Ferry founded 1767 — Map (db m23727) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Old Stone Courthouse
Built 1814-15, Courts of Pike County 1815-1874. First Church service of First Presbyterian Church 1823, The Methodist Church 1826, The Episcopal Church 1866, Pike County Jail 1816. — Map (db m89643) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Pike County
Formed March 26, 1814 from Wayne County and named for Zebulon M. Pike. Its bluestone and lumber, carried by D & H Canal and by Erie R.R., helped build our nation. Famed for its natural beauty. Near Milford, the county seat, is Gov. Pinchot's Grey . . . — Map (db m32168) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
Dedicated in honor and memory of the Soldiers and Sailors from Pike County, Pennsylvania who answered our country's call to arms in wars of our nation — Map (db m89642) WM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Sugar Maple(Acer saccharum)

One of the oldest trees on the estate, this giant sugar maple was planted in the late 1800s by General William Tecumseh Sherman, a friend of James Pinchot and frequent house guest. We don't tap this tree, but did you know it takes 32 - 40 . . . — Map (db m108608) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — The Bait BoxBuilt: 1923-1926
Original Use: Built as a playhouse for Gifford and Cornelia Pinchot's only child, Gifford Bryce Pinchot, the Bait Box is a stone and frame structure that, in later years, served as a tea room for Cornelia. Named for the family's love of . . . — Map (db m76376) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — The Finger Bowl
This outdoor dining pool was the inspired idea of Cornelia Bryce Pinchot, wife of Governor Pinchot.

Cornelia worked closely with New York architect William Lawrence Bottomley in the early 1930's to design an intimate social setting for discussing . . . — Map (db m76378) HM

Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — The Letter BoxBuilt 1926-1927
Original Use: When Governor Pinchot worked in residence, the Letter Box housed his clerical staff. Other political activities, such as the planning of campaign and meeting with constituents, took place in this building, thus isolating the . . . — Map (db m76375) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Milford — Wyoming-Minisink Path
Here an important Indian trail connecting the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers ascended Indian Point to Powwow Hill. the path was used by Delaware Indians in their migration to the Wyoming Valley, and later by Connecticut settlers. — Map (db m76380) HM
Pennsylvania (Pike County), Shohola — Civil War Prison Train Wreck
On July 15, 1864, an Erie Railroad train carrying 833 Confederate prisoners and 128 Union guards to the prison camp at Elmira, N.Y., collided with a coal train between Shohola and Lackawaxen. About 48 prisoners and 17 guards were killed. Survivors, . . . — Map (db m23631) HM

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