Old Mine Road

Roadside Attractions

Story and photos by Robert Koppenhaver

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) covers a 40-mile stretch from the Delaware Water Gap to Port Jervis, NY. Interesting and scenic old roads can be found throughout the area, but none possess more mystery and legend than New Jersey’s Old Mine Road.

Van Campen Inn
A casual stop at the Isaac Van Campen House (or Van Campen Inn) blossoms effortlessly into a full day of exploration and discovery. The white coating on the north end of the Van Campen house end wall has been applied to show where a kitchen wing was once attached.

Excursions along the road reveal layer upon layer of historical intrigue, cloaked among nature’s advancing shroud. Other roads along the way have regressed to little more than footpaths; hiking trails for those who want to explore this region that has reverted to a state more "pristine” than it was 30 years ago. The reason for this reversion is the deauthorized Tocks Island Dam project that forced most land owners in the area to sell out and move away. The resulting reservoir would have eradicated all traces from a millennium of human experience in these valleys through which the Old Mine Road travels. The stories remain for us to uncover. A glance down a lane entices our imagination; a peek up the hill rouses the explorer in us. You could spend years sorting out an endless trail of impossibly intricate clues chronicling a thousand tales along the road. Better to begin, perhaps, with some time just understanding the road’s appeal and the nature of those complexities.

A good place to start? A casual stop at the Isaac Van Campen House (or Van Campen Inn) blossoms effortlessly into a full day of exploration and discovery. The Inn is among the most prominent "official” destinations along the Old Mine Road, but it is not at all apparent how many features actually wait here for discovery. Van Campen Inn sits on the unpaved portion of Old Mine Road at the lower end of Shapanack Flats directly west and over the ridge from Walpack Center. From Millbrook Village drive north to the bridge over the Big Flatbrook, turn left and follow the road along the river’s "S” curve known as Walpack Bend. At the intersection with Pompey Road, bear left onto the gravel road, crossing a small stream and continuing beside Walpack Mountain to your right. To explore the inn and the area around it, pull off Old Mine Road into the parking field across from the inn.

Despite its name, the Van Campen Inn was never really used as an inn, at least not as we know them today. This "inn” was actually a "Yaugh house”, a rural house in a remote area that was required by early colonial law to provide shelter and food to travelers.

The Rosenkrans family began farming in this area around 1730. After acquiring the property around 1742, Harmon Rosenkrans, son of one of these earliest Dutch immigrants, constructed the house’s first section, later called the "kitchen wing”. In 1754, Harmon sold the property and house to his brother in law, Isaac Van Campen, who probably then built the larger main house that we see today. In 1917, the kitchen wing was torn down but its outline is still visible on the end wall. There remains some disagreement, however, about which wing was actually built first and by whom.

About 1811 Abraham Van Campen sold the house to Henry DeWitt of Rochester, N.Y., for his son John H. DeWitt, who then moved in. He built a "peculiar long-roofed barn” that stood, along with other outbuildings, in the grassy area across the road from the inn. The barn was destroyed by fire in 1971.

Over the years the inn has suffered various problems with its structure. In the 1980s, most of the front wall and one end wall were completely dismantled, a new foundation constructed and the walls rebuilt with the original stones. Today the Walpack Historical Society uses the inn as a museum and conducts tours on certain weekends during the year.

Until the 1970s another house stood on the knoll behind the Van Campen house. In the 1700s John Rosenkrans’ home apparently stood there. In 1850 a second house, the Hull house, was built on that site, possibly using the original foundation. Some years later a third home, later called the Schnure house, replaced the Hull house.

In 1755, at the beginning of the French & Indian War, Indian hostilities threatened the area’s settlers. New Jersey’s legislature responded by authorizing construction of a string of forts along its western border, roughly following the Delaware River, manned by local militias rather than British soldiers.

Except for traditional local stories, very little is known about these forts. However, an existing 1750s letter and map by Jonathan Hampton indicated a fort here, by the Van Campen house. Designated "Johns” or "Fort Johns” presumably because John Rosenkrans’ house would be part of the fortification, it served as the frontier distribution point for military supplies arriving from Elizabeth Town on the nearby "Military Supply Road”. A 1756 newspaper described "Fort Johns” as the place to meet for those men wishing to enlist in the provincial army. By 1757, a county report mentioned six existing forts, and, in 1758, a militia captain headed an official letter "Headquarters, on the Frontier of New Jersey”. A plan of the fort was drawn on Hampton’s map, illustrating a stone dwelling house and two small log buildings surrounded by a 120-foot-square palisade or stockade with a blockhouse projecting outward, but showing no indication of its orientation. 

Known locally as Fort Shapanack, traditional accounts claimed that the fort’s stone blockhouse was on the knoll behind the inn, either beside the former farmhouse on the knoll or as part of a small cow barn overlooking the Van Campen house. In 1974, in preparation for the Tocks Island dam project, the Corps of Engineers obliterated most of the site on the knoll. In 1975, an archaeological study seemed to uncover a series of post moulds indicating a stockade, but later digs failed to uncover artifacts that would prove any 1700s activity on the site. Although the house is gone, ruins of the cow barn foundation can still be seen today. There is other evidence that a headquarters fort existed at this place, but since there is no proof the fort was ever built as sketched on the map, there remains the possibility that the fort was the Van Campen house itself.

fort stonework
Ruins of a stone foundation that once supported a cow barn might also be all that remains of a portion of Fort Johns.

Wherever its exact location was, Fort Johns saw military activity in both the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars. In 1763, during the French and Indian War, the Van Campen house sheltered 150 people from the threat of Indian attack. In December 1776, General Gates stayed here with his colonial troops enroute to the upcoming Battle of Trenton. In 1778 Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski, a Polish count assisting America in its fight for independence, brought his 250 brightly uniformed cavalrymen down the Old Mine Road and wintered here for two months. In 1779 General Edward Hand & staff and Colonel Phillip Van Cortlandt were here. John Adams, while traveling from his home in Massachusetts to attend the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, stayed here at Isaac Van Campen’s.

This monument for John Rosenkrans, an 18th Century “plantation” owner and militia Colonel, rests on land he donated for purposes of starting an early church and burial ground.

To begin a walking tour of this area, walk northerly along Old Mine Road past the Van Campen house. About 200 yards or so from the house you will see a marker for Old Mine Road on the right and you will pass by a lane leading up the hill also to your right. (You will return here shortly.) Continue walking another few hundred yards to the Rosenkrans monument on your right. Col. John Rosenkrans owned a large tract of land here that extended over the mountain from Walpack Center to the Delaware River. He donated a tract of land near this monument for church use. During the French and Indian War he was a captain in the local militia and was a colonel during the Revolutionary War. It was his house that was probably fortified as part of Fort Johns.

Near the Rosenkrans monument is an ancient cemetery that was used for burials prior to the Revolution. Referred to as the "old Shapanack burying-ground” and the "Shapanack Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery", it consists of an upper and lower lot. An 1881 local history book, referring to a third lot, says there was an "adjoining lot that is occasionally used for the burial of colored people”. The deed for this 7.6-acre cemetery was filed in Burlington in 1754, but the property was actually conveyed in 1742. The upper lot is now commonly referred to as the Symmes Burying Ground, the lower lot is now called the Clark Burial Ground, and the third lot, which is some distance from here, has been called the Black/Slave Burial Ground.

This tombstone marks the 1776 grave of Mrs. Anna Symmes, mother-in-law of U.S. President Wm. Henry Harrison and wife of locally prominent land holder, politician, & military officer John Cleves Symmes.

To the left of the Rosenkrans monument is a trail leading up the knoll. Follow that to the cemetery on the top. This is the Symmes Burying Ground, best known of these old cemetery lots and containing mostly small, unmarked gravestones. Among others, members of the Rosenkrans and Van Campen families are interred here. Although it is claimed there are older undated stones here, the oldest dated stone is the carefully lettered gravestone of Mrs. Anna Symmes, which has been referred to for decades. She died July 25, 1776; the same month America declared its independence from England. Her presence here is noteworthy for two reasons: she was the wife of John Cleves Symmes, a man prominent in the affairs of both this area and the state during the 1700s; and she was the mother-in-law of William Henry Harrison who married one of her two daughters prior to his presidency.

Return down the knoll to the Rosenkrans monument and head back down Old Mine Road the way you came for a hundred yards or so to the small Clark cemetery on your left. This smaller burial lot is easily missed, and one wonders why it was isolated from the main cemetery on the knoll. Only a few crude fieldstone markers seem to be here, the burials being those of William Clark, some DeWitts, and Caroline Rosenkrans, ranging from 1795 to 1827.

An 1881 local history book places the old Shapanack church somewhere here in the lower cemetery lot. The old church was erected before the Revolution and was built of logs in the shape of an octagon. In the early 1800s there were still large congregations attending the old Shapanack church but the organization was abandoned about 1821, part of the congregation going to the Walpack church, and part to the Peters’ Valley Church. The church was in ruins by 1881.

Now just a wide grassy trail leading to Walpack Center, this former road is more than 250 years old, having originally served as a colonial military supply road for forts along Old Mine Road.

Continue walking back toward the Old Mine Road marker, to the lane leading up the hill on the left and then head up that lane which is now called the Military Trail. This old road was little more than a wagon trail 250 years ago when it was used as a colonial military supply route from Elizabeth Town to the Fort Johns headquarters. Eventually this old road was called Walpack Center Road and was used until it was closed in the 1960s. Now it is just a wide trail, another example of how this area is slowly reverting back to its more natural state, resembling what it must have looked like to our ancestors.

Continue walking up the Military Trail a few hundred feet past the farmstead site of Rosenkrans, Hull, & Schneur; and the old stone wall on the left. The farmhouse site was on the flat area to the right and overlooked the Van Campen house below. Somewhere over there is where Fort Johns might have once stood.

As the trail flattens out, about 150 yards from the beginning, stop at the two gravestones on your left. A field will be to your right. There are no bodies buried under these gravestones. Oddly, the stones were found along the river near here in the 1950s, but the location of the graves they were meant to mark is unknown. The stones were placed here because Moses Hull, one of the names on the stones, once owned this property. The accompanying stone was for his son, Victor. Various members of the Hull family owned this farm from at least the 1840s until the 1920s.

Retrace your route back to the Military Trail and turn right. Walk about 150 yards toward the mountain; a meadow will be on your left. Over a small rise and near the edge of the meadow look for a low stone wall on the left about 10 yards before a steep streambed. Follow the path about 60 yards into the woods where it will turn right and head up a low flat-topped rise. Look for low, unmarked stones placed on edge in the ground, indicating the third cemetery lot referred to earlier as a "Slave/Black cemetery”, about 600 yards across the fields from the old Shapanack cemetery.

A Park Service brochure refers to this "slave cemetery” along the Military Trail but states that additional research is necessary to substantiate this claim. Possibly buried here are slaves and later free African Americans. The burial of an African American woman was witnessed here in the 1890s by a white diarist.

John Rosenkrans’ 1773 tax records show he owned a slave. Van Campen farm owners Isaac and the DeWitts also had slaves, so it makes sense that this cemetery might have been used for slave burials. Since New Jersey abolished slavery in 1846, freeing any remaining slaves, it is more than likely that freed African Americans who stayed in the area could also be buried here.

It is claimed that somewhere deep in the woods across the trail from the cemetery are the ruins of a cabin that might have been used by a few slaves. Whether these were still slaves or freed people is uncertain. Very likely there were African Americans living around here long after the slaves were freed by law.

At this point you can continue hiking another mile over the mountain to Walpack Center or return to your vehicle to continue along the ever-fascinating Old Mine Road.

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Katie
23 Aug 2015, 12:53
Hi everyone,
I am sorry if this is not the place to post this but we really have no idea where to begin so I am going to give it a shot. I am in search of a piece of property to lease for about 8 campers with water access, Delaware river/ flatbrook/pond or another stream or brook we can swim in. We are a very responsible and self sufficient group and have been camping at the same camp ground for 25+ years but now are looking for another spot. We are mostly all family with a few close family friends and are just looking for a place to go with our kids and family to go fishing/ swimming and spend time together we are not a young roudy bunch. We have generators and do not need anything but land. We are looking in the Columbia, flatBrookville, Newton, Layton, area but would love to hear of anything somewhat close. We are also willing to do work to turn a little section of woods into camping spots. I really appreciate any help anyone can give or if you can pass the word along that would be great!
My email address is kcskillman16@gmail.com
Adria tidaback
23 May 2015, 16:49
I have lived in sandyston/walpack all my life, my grandmas family is fuller/rosenkrans and they still live in walpack. But yeah my family out here is so big and we ran shit back in the day :)
Carol
17 Jan 2015, 14:19
I'm a descendant of Johannes Cortrecht (originally van Kortryk) and Christina Rosenkrans, who were also related to the Van Kampens (yes, with a K, that is the proper Dutch spelling) and to the Dingmans. The most prominent member of the family was likely Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, who was married to James Monroe, but the larger group were among the earliest Dutch settlers in the New York City area, having arrived from the Netherlands in 1663 and having once owned a mill at the north end of what is now Central Park! I learned about the Delaware Water Gap Park after reading of the family connections to Minisink, which is now a small town in NY, but which was once a part of NJ much larger than the current municipality. That the natural beauty of an area inhabited by my ancestors has been so well preserved is exciting, and my family and I are eager to visit. Thanks for all of the information and comments.
irene martin
06 Aug 2014, 12:16
I have a copy of an old Ford Times Magazine, April, 1966. It has an article on page 22 entitled Pahaquarry's Old Mine Road by Patience Zawadsky. It shows an artist's (Arthur J. Barbour) renderings. One is of the Isaac Van Campen Inn. Another one is of the Moses Van Campen Home. The painting of the Inn shows how much it has been changed in the renovation (s).
I.M.
Rick P
27 Jul 2014, 15:10
Hiked the Military Trail today. Found the black cemetery.

Could not find the fort location.
Patricia Hefferan
23 Jul 2014, 09:29
My sister in law and I (both named Patricia) recently visited the Old Mine Road and had lunch on the steps of the Van Campen Inn. We are both avid birders and were overjoyed with the large number of birds that seemed to come from everywhere. Here a Scarlet Tanager, there a Yellow Warbler and a wonderful array of fledging birds.I am particularly interested in a house named Camp Shapanack. It has an American flag on the front, a sign that indicates it was built in 1908 and the property is surrounded by wild growth. It appears that someone lives there. Does someone live there and would it be possible for me to visit and learn its history? There is another house down the road that has no identifying signs and yet another that is sadly in ruin. I would appreciate any information you can provide about these cabins.
Elizabeth Miller
28 May 2014, 13:47
My grandfather and great uncle Johnathan and Edgar Miller used to have the Coventry Hunting club across the street from the Van Campen Inn I am wondering if any one has photos and if it was burned down as I was told

Penny Wager
11 Jul 2013, 19:28
I am interested in knowing if there are any names on the headstones in the black/slave cemetery? my ancestors were slaves belonging to the Westbrook family.
Sandyston Township Hist. Society
09 Dec 2012, 13:46
In Sandyston Township along the Old Mine Road is the Mettler Burial Ground. This is a privately owned family cemetery, and this is where there is a grave of a little girl that died in the mid 1850's. Her name was Mary Ann Perigo. The Sandyston Township Historical Society president has done extensive research on the life of this little girl. In June of 2012 a new gravestone was dedicated to Mary Ann, and the society has the complete story on their website: sandystontownship.com
Judy Camp Rogers
04 Nov 2012, 05:22
I am a direct descendent of Isaac and Magdalena (Rosencrans) Van Campen. What a pleasure it was to visit the Inn during a trip in October this year to the area. I learned about it at a Camp family reunion in the summer. We were there on one of the open house days and the guides were very informative and welcoming. I purchased a book while there and read that Isaac's son, Isaac, never married. He did marry Mary Montgomery after moving to WV and they had eleven children. Some of those children moved to Coshocton OH. From there part of the family moved by covered wagon to Fulton County IL. There are a number of us living in that area. The "en" was dropped and in OH the "Van" leaving the surname Camp.\r\nWhat a wonderful find and such a nice setting. How proud I am of my ancestors!
Parktamara43
19 Oct 2012, 17:14
I am a direct decendant of Anna Tuthill and John Cleves Symmes (great granddaughterx12) I hope to visit the cemetary someday, have been so glad to learn about its location, as I have done a lot of research into history of Symmes and Tuthill families. In a letter to his daughter, Anna, JCS states he would like a weeping willow planted by Anna Tuthills grave. I hope to do that someday.
jack
11 Jul 2012, 06:28
This is one of my favorite places on the planet. It is so peaceful. When things get hectic in NYC and you're at your wits end, a drive through this area, especially in fall, soothes the nerves. Wish I could live here ... just a shack on the road .... The incredible serenity.\r\n\r\nLike it says above, a pristiness, more pristine than it was 30 years ago.\r\n\r\njp\r\nprofessorpetrocelli dot com
Rev. Paul Flather Woods
02 Jul 2012, 10:48
Colonel John Rosencrans is my 8th Great-Grandfather. I also have many VanCampens, Wynkoop, Schoonmaker, Dewitt, and Dubs in my family tree. I'm on ancestry. com for anyone who would like to see the tree.
adedaNeab
29 May 2012, 11:33
Who and where to arrange this summer on furlough, appropriation your information.
Andy B.
05 Feb 2012, 03:18
I would like to know if is any property with an old house to be repaired so I can reside there ,for sale on around Old Mill Road.\r\n\r\nThanks
Brenda Miklish
02 Sep 2011, 17:25
This is so interesting. I just started creating my family tree several months ago and have found that Isaac Van Campen is my 6th Great Grandfather. I'm definitely going to see when I can come visit the Inn :)
Bob Demarest
16 Aug 2011, 07:22
I just read the "clip" about the "Old Dutch Barn"..at the so called..Isaac VanCampen Inn, most likely built by a member of the Rosencrans famiy. This old barn,(burned by vandals in the 1960-70s ?), was one of only two Dutch style barns I know of within the present N.P.S. boundaries. Its date is early; probably even before the VanCampens bought this property in the late 1700s. Early Dutch barns in the U.S.A. are characterized by large double doors on one or both "steep roofed", gable ends; these doors normally swing inward, often on wooden hinges, in the earliest structures. The smaller, or animal doors, are at the sides of one or both gable ends; one door is for horses the other for milk cows.This Rosencrans/VanCampen barn was definitely an early Dutch Barn... pictures of it are still in existance and will verify these observations. the only other Dutch barn I'm aware of within the park, I discovered, badly deteriorating, in the mid 1980s. I decided to bring this fact to the attention of then N.P.S.Superintendent Amos Hawkins because I recognized the significance of this rather ancient building...(...built possibly in the late 1700s). Today I know that his barn, presently on what the N.P.S. calls the "Old Black Farm ?", is an old Westbrook Family barn...As a result, this barn has since been completley renovated by the N.P.S. with the assistance of Historcal Architect, Tom Solon..(now retired) and many others;...When the top or outside layer of gable end siding clapboards were being removed during renovation, the original wide, White Pine clapboards were exposed and proof of the building's age was revealed by the "blacksmith made"...(often called rose head nails) which had been used to secure this siding when it was first installed....probably in the late 1700s
Barbara
23 Oct 2010, 10:41
Guess no one knows about Careys grave and what happened to it.No one ever comments about it.What a shame the head stone is gone.It was at the first grave site when you first turn on the road
Peter and Patricia Hefferan
16 Oct 2010, 17:46
My husband and I will be celebrating our anniversary by visiting the Old Van Campen Inn. My husband is an ardent historian and an expert on the wars of the past. He is a skirmisher. I have become more interested in history at large because of his vast historial knowledge. \r\n\r\nIt is our greatest joy to live in Sussex County. I have two letters I nailed on a tree on a our property in Wantage. Just two letters - OZ. \r\n\r\nSee you tomorrow.\r\n\r\nPatty and Pete Hefferan
Cheryl
21 Sep 2010, 11:09
John:\r\n\r\nThe Van Campen Inn tour & demo you are talking about might have been Van Campen Day, an annual event hosted by the Walpack Historical Society. This year's event will be held at the Inn on Sunday, October 17, from 12-5, I believe.\r\n\r\nHope to see you there!
john reges
12 Sep 2010, 08:25
I was at the Vancampen Inn about 4 or so years ago when there was a wonderful tour,military demonstration and very inexpensve goodies that were served.I haved looked for information which would ditto that wonderful experience but to no avail. I absolutely love that whole area and would apppreciate any information which would satisfy my intense curiosity of the area history.\r\nThose who read this would you please be so kind as to enlighten me as to what organizations I might join or contact.\r\nthanks.
Barbara
17 Aug 2010, 16:25
I know this place well.go ther every summer to put a small toy at the headstone of Carey.I believe it says"nor friends or doctors could save our dear Careys life.Any one know anything about her?Please let me know.I have had her in my heart for years
s camp
07 Jun 2010, 10:02
My husband's family are VanCampens. We have documentation that Isaac VanCampen left Hollard in the 1760s and settled in PA. Joined the PA militia and served in the Revolutionary War. After many years the VanCampen was dropped to Camp. I am doing more research to see if we are actually related to the Vancampens that abound in New Jersey.
Joseph Rosencrance
17 May 2010, 16:29
We recently learned from a member of the Historical Society that the Van Campen Inn has a history involving the Rosenkrans family. We are Rosencrances but our name was changed in an earlier generation from Rosenkrans. We would love to know more about our family connection to the history of the Walpack Area. Please let us know if you have any further information on this. I agree with Mrs. Rosenkrans from June 2008 and B. Rosenkrans from June 2009 it is a very majestic area. I would love to learn more about our family connection to that area. carjorose@comcast.net
roseann
13 Jan 2010, 16:54
i know the cemetery you are talking about.we go there all the time and now the last time i was there all that stuff was gone.i have a pic of a ghost on the side of me there.that places is haunted
Jeffs4653
16 Nov 2009, 12:30
Anyone visiting this area, take the time to visit the cemetery that Anna Symmes is buried in. It's fascinating, and worth the visit.\r\n\r\nhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/25854373@N03/3997326143
Susan
21 Oct 2009, 17:40
Does anyone know if people can hold marriage ceremonies at the VCI?
Michelle Kay
10 Sep 2009, 06:31
This is fascinating ! I would love to visit this area and trace my roots further...my family is of Rosenkrans descent. Thank you for the inspiration~
Janice
28 Jul 2009, 21:49
In the early 60's my grandmother had a cabin up on a mountain in the Millbrook area, In the early 60's my grandfather built a bridge across a creek so he could drive his truck up the mountain to the cabin, it was quite a hike if you had to walk up. since the area is now a state park you can no longer drive along the road at the bottom of the mountain, but if you walk along the road you will still see the remains of my grandfathers bridge, and my grandparents cabin is still standing at the top of the mountain even though time and vandals haven't been too kind to it. If anyone reading this post happens to stumble upon this cabin while hiking take a look at the old out house, on the right side you will see where my grand mother had a rattle snake skin nailed to it, it was quite large. If anyone has any information about the Decker family that lived around the old Mine road area I would be interested since I am a Decker also.
Debbie McGraw
19 Jun 2009, 14:37
My family has roots in this area. We tried to find the cemetery where the Labars and Deckers are buried. Had no luck on our last trip. My brother and I can both remember going there as children.\r\n\r\nDoes anyone have any information?
summer resident
13 Jun 2009, 16:12
i spent all my summers at lake owassa and in the 70's we happened upon peters valley, bevans cemetery, old mine road, and the rest. does anyone remember the random corn fields with burnt alters smack in the midle of them? that was one of the strangest things amoung others that we encountered in that area. it was and remains however the most beautifual piece of country side ever. I luv it up there.
B.Rosenkrans
12 Jun 2009, 07:57
To GRUNKLEPA:\r\nI may be able to assist...\r\n
GRUNKLEPA
11 Jun 2009, 21:18
I'm looking for orginal photo's of any Houses,Barns & Structures along Old Mine Road.Pahaquarry to Montague....\r\nthanks
mare
10 Nov 2008, 09:57
bevans PV, VCI been to all OMR and AS grave as well as rest.
Matt Crowley
07 Oct 2008, 19:54
I also had an uncle who lived just down the road from the VCI. We visited in the 1960's and early 70's. His driveway entrance is still somewhat visible today. The forest has recaptured the land and house area. It is both sad and beautiful to visit. I remember all the float people on the Delaware and the swimming we did and the farm next door. The VCI wasn't in great shape back then, I do remember the kitchen wing being on it and the wicker boards under the porch. My uncle had us go over the mtn to Bevan;s PO to pick-up the mail. What a great place to visit! Matt
brian rhodes
20 Aug 2008, 10:54
The only cemetery I ever found was the\r\nSymmes Burial Ground - I never located the Clark burial gound or the black slave cemetery. I did pass a more modern-looking cemetery on the left side of the road, down a small hill, just after turning left at Flatbrookville, along the old road that was closed for a while back in 2005/6.\r\nCan someone tell me the name of that cemetery? I noticed a "no-trespassing" sign and seveal campers parked beyond the burial ground, plus a house I think. I actually restore old cemeteries as a hobby and also do Warren County research projects, etc.
Mrs. Rosenkrans
04 Jun 2008, 13:34
It's one of the most amazing, beautiful, peaceful, healthy, full of history and never boring places on Earth. \r\nI'm very proud to be a Rosenkrans and honored to live here.
mel
27 Apr 2008, 07:56
Iam trying to fine out more about a small cemeetery near old mine road close to road side about the mysterious grave with old and new dolls and a buzz lightyear doll and about Mary Bevans,she died in 1903 in her home sooo sad I lived near there port jervis,n.y.1984-to-2005 and I still go down to visit friends and family.Iam not from around there but it is still my home town and I like to read about the old times and fined out about differet things also this mysterious grave with old and new dolls. she must be a little girl if so no one a talk to knows anything I would like to now think you Iam not family
Skylands Visitor
11 Mar 2008, 09:58
For Van Campen Inn dates open to the public: www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/walpack-van-campen.htm
Jay Rutan
09 Feb 2008, 10:17
I have been through Delaware River National Recreation area many times and I find myself learning more about it each time I pass through. I have recently become a member of the Col John Rosenkrans Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, so this area has some additional interest to me. I would recommend to anyone that has an interest in natural beauty to take the time to come visit this area. There are many side trips to enjoy from the Walpack area.
Carole-Lynn DeGroat
12 Jan 2008, 18:45
My family took a ride on the Old Mine Road when we were younger in the late 60's, and I'm guessing the above referenced cemetary was the one my mother especially wanted to see. \r\n\r\nThat jog remains a memory for some reason. I have always wanted to go back. \r\n\r\nWalpack was a lovely center. I vaguely remember Buttermilk Falls. Moreso, I remember Indian Ladder Falls, as my GS troup camped out there, though I cant locate it.
Rick Iaroli
11 Jan 2008, 14:50
In the early 70's I spent most of the summers in Walpack on Old Mine Rd. A friend of mine had an uncle who owned 4 cabins just down from Van Campen Inn. He would rent out the 3 with electricity and running water and leave the 4th (the one with electricity but no water) for friends and family. We were 16 and 17 years old and up there with no cell phones and the nearest phone was the Post Office in Walpack Center. However we never needed one.\r\nI went back there last Sept. with one of my friends would was there with us.\r\nHow sad. We found were the 4 cabins used to stand only because of the rapids in the river. What was once a low well cleared slope from the road to the river was now completely overgrown. We managed to get down to the river but quickly left when we saw a bear looking for lunch. And what genius thought of putting stairs up Buttermilk Falls? We used to climb up the face. We took the stairs and I swear it was more tireing than the climb up the rocks (course that was 35 years ago) I suppose the only good thing is that Walpack is still there and not at the bottom of a lake.
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