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A Wild & Scenic Countryside

By Frank Dale

The Delaware River where it forms the boundary between Sussex County, New Jersey, and Pike County, Pennsylvania is a Wild and Scenic River, declared so by President Jimmy Carter more than 30 years ago. That part of New Jersey that borders the river here is just as wild and scenic, technically a recreation area under the supervision of the National Park Service, but unmarred by any of the trappings of recreation areas. It is here that a tributary of the Delaware called Flat Brook and its tributary, Little Flat Brook, form a narrow but lush vale called Walpack Valley.

Walpack Valley is exquisite any time of the year but reaches its peak in the fall. To get to this Skylands Eden, drive on Route 206 north (towards Pennsylvania) past Culvers Lake. A mile beyond the lake, at a place called Tuttles Corner, Route 560 branches off to the left. Benjamin Tuttle had a fine hotel here in bygone years. It's a sign of the times that Rosie's Restaurant and Pizzeria now sits at this intersection. A sign here points to Layton, about a mile down the road. The village of Layton, originally called Centreville, is the canterpiece of a township over 230 years old. Indeed, the Old Mine Road or River Road which passes close by was built by Dutch miners sometime around 1650. As you enter Layton, a red school house can be seen on the right, antiques having replaced the "Three Rs" as the principal activity. Further on, the Layton Hotel, built around 1850, stands by the roadside. The Squashic family, Frank, Mary Ann, Steve and Marie, still welcome the hungry traveler, or thirsty trout fishermen from adjacent Little Flatbrook. At the crossroads, the Layton General Store stands guard, a relative newcomer, built in 1902 to replace one that burned. The owners, Ralph and Gillian Harriot, would prefer you to "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco", or so the lettering occupying the entire south wall of the building would indicate.

At this intersection, continue straight ahead, now on Route 640 which will soon become Route 615. The road parallels Little Flat Brook which will soon join the Big Flat Brook, the two streams producing some of the finest trout fishing in our state.


Hilltop; Peters Valley

A few minutes drive will bring you to a little settlement blessed with a variety of names in the past--The Corners, Bevans, Hens Foot Corner--but has now achieved its greatest acclaim as Peters Valley. The community probably came into its own in 1838 when a Dutch Reformed Church and cemetery were built here. Both still stand, in good condition.

But today Peters Valley is widely known as a craft center where a wide selection of craftsmen teach their art and display their work. From blacksmithing and ceramics to wood and metal working, to photography, weaving, and more, some 20 buildings are devoted to the arts, either as housing for artists in residence, dormitories for students, or workshops for artists and craftsmen. Additional facilities have been constructed at Thunder Mountain, about two miles down a country road from the village. Thunder Mountain is sited atop a hill, surrounded by fields, and overlooking a small lake. Peters Valley Craft Center administers the old village structures including an interesting Greek Revival home built in 1850, as well as the new Thunder Mountain location, under special permit from the National Park Service.

The high point of the Peters Valley year is the craft fair, held each fall at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Here, over 150 juried craftspeople sell their work. In addition, craft demonstrations, live music and good food make this a memorable event.

Continue on Route 615--you'll pass the old church as you leave the village--and drive for several miles through the Roy Wildlife Management Area, and then enter open country and the environs of Walpack Center. Walpack Center was once a thriving farming community with a post office, general store, church and a few homes. These buildings are still maintained and some are occupied.


Walpack Center

If you desire a little side trip, turn left at the Wallpack (sic) Post office, cross the Flat Brook on an ancient and narrow bridge, you'll soon come to an intersection; go straight ahead here a few hundred feet and you'll come to the beautiful Tillman Ravine. You can park and stretch your legs on a trail at the Ravine; or turn right at that intersection and you'll be in front of the old Walpack Cemetery, well-kept and pleasant to walk through. If you proceed past the cemetery down the somewhat bumpy dirt road about two miles, you'll come to Buttermilk Falls--some call it the Yosemite of Sussex County--right there on your left. There are trails to the top of the falls which you can walk if you feel the need to exercise. Or you can walk it from the cemetery if your car has weak springs.

After you've completed one or both of these interesting side trips, retrace your steps, back over the narrow bridge, through Walpack Center to Route 615 and turn left. You'll come almost immediatley to the Walpack Valley Environmental Center, a great place to stop, and then further on, a Ranger Station in a restored stone farmhouse worth looking into. All of these places have bathrooms, if needed. Continuing on, The Walpack Inn appears on your left, a restaurant well-known to diners in the northwestern part of the state. If you choose to drop in, you may get to see a bear on the roof, a rare but not unknown occurence. You'll next pass the Walpack Valley Campground and then you'll come to a fork in the road. Keep Left. The rest of the route is a loop; you'll reappear later at this intersection on the other branch of this fork. From here the road again hugs the Flat Brook on the left, shaded and heavily treed. There's great canoeing all through here when there is sufficient water in the brook. Continuing on you'll come to a bridge over the brook which if followed brings you to restored Mill Brook Village over the county line in Warren County. A trip here should probably be saved for another day.

Continuing on Route 615 you enter another ancient village called Flatbrookville located on the Delaware River. The homes seem to be nicely maintained, some undoubtedly leased by the National Park Service. Continuing on you'll come to the Rosenkrans homestead. For generations this family operated a ferry here on the Delaware before the coming of bridges. It is now private property. Continuing around the loop the Delaware will be on your left, now a wild and scenic river, and it looks it. The road we are on is part of the ancient Old Mine Road. We'll soon complete the loop and come out at the intersection near the campground. We'll retrace our steps back past Walpack Inn, Walpack Center, Peters Valley, to Layton.

Entering the intersection with the Layton store in front of us let's take another delightful side trip, this one to the Dingman's Ferry bridge. It would be a shame to miss it after getting this close. As you approach the river, a road crosses.

This is more of the Old Mine Road, now paved and still serviceable. To your front is Dingmans Bridge, the only privately owned bridge crossing the Delaware. This sound but antique structure was bought second-hand at the turn of the century, moved from the Susquehanna River and reerected here. It has survived the worst flood in the river's history, that of 1955, and is perfectly safe. Cross it if you will, but if you cross now you'll pay a toll going and another toll if you attempt to return.

There is a canoe livery at the Pennsylvania shore (Dingmans Ferry) and another upriver on Pennsylvania Route 209 at Matamoras. A canoe trip downstream passes through one of the most interesting sections of the river and is a great way to see the fall folliage. This is the portion of the river declared Wild and Scenic and you'll soon see why. Bald eagles, hawks, even an occasional black bear are sometimes in view. The river itself, in this area, is free of intimidating rapids and provides a fine afternoon's jaunt.

To visit the area described here will certainly take at least a full day, or if you take it easy, could provided two or three pleasant sojurns. But when you are ready to call it a day getting home again is uncomplicated. If you're on the Pennsylvania side of the river, you can simply take Route 209 south to the Delaware Water Gap, then go east on Interstate 80. If you're in the Walpack Valley area retrace you're steps: go to Layton and get on Route 560 and follow it east to Route 206 at Tuttles Corner. A right on 206 will take you into Sussex County, past Culver's Lake towards Newton. Either way, the trip will provide you with a memorable experience, an adventure in the Skyland's wild and scenic wilderness.

Frank Dale is a freelance writer noted for his portraits of places of historical note in northwest New Jersey.

Comments

wayne powers
30 May 2014, 09:54
I cant help but remember the night i was coming down from crater lake in the most dense fog i've ever seen. I drove down the mountain and fiddlers elbow with my head out the window all the way down to ed palladini's store. Shot some pool and went home awhile later.
Paul Rizzo
02 Jan 2014, 10:36
First laid eyes on the area in the late 1950's when my parents would vacation in one of Brennan's cabins near the river. We moved to and lived on Old Mine Road accross from Black's Farm from 1960, thru 1968. Government bought the property for the ill fated Tocks Island project. Still live very near in Montague. The publication called "Weird NJ" frequently has articles about our area in nearly every issue. Still travel Old Mine Road quite Often. They finally did some road paving recently.The old cemetaries are still their, but like other's who have submitted comments, most of the old houses are long gone, except for a few.Some of us former students from Sandyston Walpack School are still around haunting the old places. A story about Buttermilk Falls was just in the local paper, as a woman visiting the area recently, got a little lost and wound up spending the night until she could find her way out the next day.
Stu
23 Dec 2013, 17:56
Brennans cottages were located where exactly ???
Michele Rizzo
22 Dec 2013, 19:02
I was very young when we started going to the Brennans cottages. I can remember riding in the jeep,the row boat called Teddy Bear.Never since have I had a better vacation. Then we moved to a cottage owned by mr. Black and it became our home it sat on top of the hill over looking the Black farm and the River .Untill the goverment bought it.I could not believe I found this web site so many memories.
Stu
18 Oct 2013, 07:29
ADMINS, can you remove the spam that has appeared below my comment here ???!!!
stu
14 Feb 2013, 16:23
Not sure bout those cones Maybe a section was damaged. Where was this at exactly ?\r\n\r\nThe concerts at Walpack Inn were memorable indeed. I wish they were able to do more in that beautiful setting.
stephen harris
14 Oct 2012, 19:13
Beach Boys? Chicago? wow - would love to have seen that. I do remember Charlie Daniels however!\r\n\r\nand- there are cones that block one part of the Old Mine Road (by the one lane bridge) - I went past and found a rail across the road after a home....\r\n\r\nand then further away - there was a No Trepassing sign - wasnot sure it was for the road or the grounds>\r\n\r\nI had heard a homeowner claimed the road was on their property.. yet there are official road signs on the road. wonder what is up...\r\n\r\nwalpack inn is still great...
Stu
14 Oct 2012, 19:04
Was just thru there yesterday and it is as peaceful a place as ever. Even though there were dozens of tourist cars on the gravel road to Buttermilk Falls - which i was surprised yet given the fall day and weekend, i never thought I'd get stuck in traffic jam on that road !\r\nEven still, the town of Walpack was quiet and unassuming. This area holds a spell over you unlike any other I've been to and I have traveled the world over.\r\n Does anyone remember when Chicago and the Beach Boys played on the great lawn behind the Walpack Inn? I was there on stage crew for that one and what an awesome day it was.
kathy tonini
12 Oct 2012, 12:58
I spent the first ten years of my life on old mine rd... my grandparent Mary & Paul Brennan owned cottages right on the river... had many awsome memories there. I live in ma but find myself heading to old mine rd 3 or 4 times a year... as far as being block off when i was there in june it was gated, We managed to get around the gate and there was nothing wrong with the road...so not sure why it is gated....
Elaine helm
20 Sep 2012, 23:42
My cousins would rent a cabin from the Rosencranz for two weeks every summer <ther were 3 cabins>. They sat up on a ridge above the Delaware River at the back of the farm. There was. A natural spring where we would go to get great drinking water. It was fun swimming in the river or fishing there. We \r\nLooked forward to going to Mass at the Little Church where my uncle would sing. There was a beautiful song written about the Little Church in Wallpack and I think I may still have the sheet music. It was such a treat for me (a city Kid from Irvington) to enjoy all of that natural beauty. It was terrible to hear they were going to flood the area. So glad they didn't. But so many people lost their properties. We loved going to buttermilk falls and down the Old Mime Road. Such a beautiful area!
stephen
18 Sep 2012, 18:41
I have recently explored the area and - old mine road is - at times - a one lane rocky dirt road. BUT more so - it is blocked in a few locations/\r\n\r\nwhy is it blocked? i heard there was a dispute that a local homeowner believes the road is on his property. \r\n\r\nyou cannot take old mine road all the way to Dingman's Bridge - as far as I know.\r\n\r\nany idea?
Alexis Ihnatolya
06 Jul 2012, 13:35
We went up to Crater Lake/Lake Sucesss, as a kid in the 60's. My mother, RIP, was pissed that the gov't took thier property away. I remember when they made the announcement and there was a big meeting at the lake. \r\n\r\nI can remember the serenty of the place, the camp, the fork in the road, the artist house. I was also taught how to swim at the lake. \r\n\r\nI wish now there were still places like this, but I have fond memories of my childhood.
Stu
05 Sep 2011, 21:00
Me and my buddy in High School circa 1977 would go up to the Delaware right across from Namanock Island, Jersey side. His dad and uncle had a small cabin there named Camp Shadow . It was in up the slope on the high bank in some big pine trees overlooking the river. There were many other cabins nearby and a bunch were on the edge of a big field in a semi circle. Part of which is now a NPS picnic area and small parking lot. The American Youth Hostel house was in the trees just a few hundred yards from here.\r\nOn the weekends this place would be pretty busy with families and kids all over. At nite the teenagers would be out partying by the campfires. The first time I went there we arrived at night down a series of dirt roads and walked up to the cabin pitch black outside. Next morning I got up and watched the fog burn off the river . i couldn't see anything for the longest time and thought I was in the middle of nowhere!. Then the fog lifted and the river was below sparkling in the July sun. Unforgettable.\r\nThen the whole Tocks debacle came and went . In 1979 When they decided to make it a wild /scenic a recreation area they bulldozed all the cabins even pushed Camp Shadow down the slope in to the trees downhill towards the river !!! We were heartbroken as many others were too. And still have a an emotional scar to bear over it all.\r\n If anyone had a place in this spot or stayed there during the summer write back thru this comment section here. Would love to hear stories from others that were there.
Jesus
14 Apr 2011, 17:11
Walpack Center, what should i say about it now. Its Beautiful STILL AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. COUNTRY LIFE IS MUCH HEALTHIER FOR ANY HUMAN BEING. THE CITY LIFE HAD ITS WAYS BUT OVERALL IS TRULY HELL. OUR POLITICIANS PUSH FOR US TO LIVE IN THE CITY. ITS ALL BULLSHIT, EDUCATION,TV, MONEY, FAME. HEAVEN IS NATURE..MOTHER EARTH. TO BE FREE LIKE ANIMALS AND EVEN THE NATIVE INDIANS HAD IT! WAKE UP PEOPLE, I AM HERE TO OPEN EYES, TO BRING YOU TO THE LIGHT!
Frank Pace
25 Mar 2011, 17:03
Zazzi's corner. a Mr. Pete Zazzi lived on the corner. As a kid I worked for my uncle delivering bread to that area.One our stops was Mr. Zazzi's . Mr Zazzi was a mason , he laid tile at my house in Newton , on Mill st. That was back in the 50's.
Frank Pace
25 Mar 2011, 16:58
The Layton Hotel back in the 60's was owned by a couple, their name was Rasenkranse, I am not sure of the spelling . But the place really was a hot spot on the weekend. Used to go there and have a lot of fun, kids from Newton would go there.
wayne powers
27 Jan 2011, 17:30
As for me, i have some great memories \r\n of going up to old crater lake back in\r\n 1966. I remember a buddy of mine used\r\n to date a girl by the name of joyce \r\n shoviak up at lake success. I remember\r\n her dad was a real trip. I think his \r\n name was Ted. Anyway, i used to take \r\n by buddy up there on friday nights.\r\n I can still remember vividly going\r\n down to the clubhouse and the beach\r\n and hanging out. Used to also drink\r\n homemade applejack down at the old \r\n stoll farm. What great memories.\r\n \r\n
Lee Arthur
17 Jun 2010, 11:49
just to clarify the email address in my post concerning the Hainesville Inn - my email is: rthur4@gmail.com\r\n\r\nThanks again!
Lee Arthur
17 Jun 2010, 07:16
Hi! Thank you all for sharing your memories of the beautiful and unique area of "The towns over the hill". My wife and I grew up together in Belleville, and moved to Sandyston (Hainesville) about 5 years ago, and we absolutely love living here. My son and I love exploring the area, looking for history, and admiring the scenic beauty. We usually find more questions than answers, but that's perfectly ok, it just adds a bit of intrigue to our explorations. We now live in what used to be the "Haineville Inn", on Layton-Hainesville Road (Rt.645). My wife and I have been working very hard to get the place going again, and as part of that effort, we are trying to put together as much History of the 'Inn' as we can find. But what is always the most interesting are the personal recollections of the people who frequented the place, from "We had a weekly poker game there every Thursday night" to "I waited in the parking lot till the stroke of midnight, and went in and had my first legal beer". It's the people who really give history to a particular place. So what I would like to ask is if anyone has any memories of the place, - such as, what was it called in the 40's? Has it always been "The Hainesville Inn"? When was the bar from the Brick Installed? Did you know someone who had seen Babe Ruth in the place? Does anyone remember the fire there in the sixties, or the one in the eighties? Any pictures of those events? Remember Mr. Clarke? I hear he ran the place for just about forever... Did they really hang deer on the cable between the trees in front? Did hunters really leave small game on the porch to be picked up later fully cooked? (someone told me that) - Was it a 'ruff and tumble' kind of place in the fifties? (We heard that too). Was the red 'barn' across the street a blacksmiths shop at one time? It seems that my wife and I can't put a shovel in the ground around the place without finding something of interest, from old bottles to hand-cut nails. (the original Inn at the site was built in 1823, so theres a lot of stuff in the dirt!) So... any stories, recollections, photos... anything, no matter how trivial whould be very, very much appreciated. I'd like to collect this history before it is lost to time. \r\nPlease feel free to email me at <rthur4@gmail.com>. Looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks!
Cynthia Stark
18 Apr 2010, 10:02
I absolutely LOVE going up to Walpack center! It is so beautiful and quiet. You'd never know you were still in Jersey! Theres a little ranch house,(still standing, but barely), with an inground pool in the back. If you go thru Walpack Center and past the church, over the bridge and bear to the left at the cemetary , (its still a dirt road) up a little ways on the right you will see it. It must have been so awesome to live there! It really SUCKS what the government did to all those people and is still doing to people across the country with eminent domain laws! Does anyone know the history of that house? Please e-mail me. Those who didnt leave and still live up there are so very lucky! I hope they know how jealous I am.
Fred Aun Jr.
02 Dec 2009, 20:11
Y'know, come to think of it, Walpack had quite a bit of small retail going on back before the bulldozers came. Along with Caul's Country Corner, we had Lombardi's store and The Hitching Post and The St. Moritz (yeah, ok, that's Flatbrookville) and, for awhile there in the 80s, even Mrs. B's bar. What am I forgetting?
Gary Treible
20 Aug 2009, 09:59
Chris,\r\n\r\nIt is so good to hear from you! I hope I didn't mess up your story. I'm at a stage in life where I remember things very clearly. Some of those things actually happened. I figure as long as it's at least 50% I'm not a danger to myself or others. :-)\r\n\r\nIt was a peace sign. I'm totally good with that. Had the photographer just waited for you to get that second finger up, it would have been a non-issue. \r\n\r\nYour legacy is secure, I've passed it along to the next generation.\r\n\r\nI didn't end up at NASA, but I did get a masters in electrical engineering from Bucknell University. Apparently a Sandyston-Walpack education ain't all that bad.\r\n\r\nAs for Walpack, it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I'm very disappointed that the government has done such a poor job at maintaining it. \r\n\r\nIf you would like, you can contact me at garytreible@me.com
christopher dunn
19 Aug 2009, 19:04
dear Gary- glad I got to make a lasting impression on the populace of the Walpack Valley- I told Ibsen & Bond that I was just giving the peace sign but he had a magnifying glass so I told him that I must have just had a muscle cramp in my finger. Figured you would be at NASA as a rocket scientist. I went to Ole Miss and became a lawyer 20 years ago. Imagine that! Have only been back three times to Walpack- I became so depressed. What a waste of a community. Greatest place to grow up!
christopher dunn
19 Aug 2009, 19:04
dear Gary- glad I got to make a lasting impression on the populace of the Walpack Valley- I told Ibsen & Bond that I was just giving the peace sign but he had a magnifying glass so I told him that I must have just had a muscle cramp in my finger. Figured you would be at NASA as a rocket scientist. I went to Ole Miss and became a lawyer 20 years ago. Imagine that! Have only been back three times to Walpack- I became so depressed. What a waste of a community. Greatest place to grow up!
John F. Eveland
10 Jul 2009, 13:42
Gary Treible\r\n\r\nGary, I emailed you but no response. If you find time, I have some inquires about Walpack.\r\n\r\nJohn
Gary Treible
07 Jul 2009, 17:31
John F. Eveland\r\n\r\nPlease contact me. garytreible@me.com
John F. Eveland
07 Jul 2009, 13:34
Reading some comments brings back so many memories of Walpack. My parents rented the old stone house, east of Paul and Skippy Darrone's farm, from 1930 through 1947. We lived in Belleville and the day school let we headed for the country until school started again. The brook from Tillmans Ravine flowed directly behind our house, though the Darrone farm and into The Flatbrook. It was such a peaceful valley. Everrit Rosenkrans ran the store in town. His son Lee and wife Edith lived east of the store on the left side a few houses down. They had two children, a boy and a girl. Everrit lived in the house next to the store on the right side. I can't remember much about the other town residences. The church was there and the school was across the street. I can remember the chicken dinner at the church at the end of each summer with lots of home made ice cream. Going down church hill, you crossed the bridge and on the right were some farm buildings and a house on the left side which burned down some time in the 40's. At the cross roads was the beautiful cemetery. Turn right and past the cemetery on the right was Paul and Skippy Darrone's house and farm. The hours spent there and memories of the farm are uncountable.Past the farm, you went over a bridge that crossed the brook that flowed behind our house, which was the next house on the left, which set back from the road a ways. I can't remember too much about the other neigbors east of us but further down the road, on the right side was another farm and house where Paul's mother lived. I can remember many times, going to her chicken house and collecting the eggs. Somewhere on the other side of the road, Paul had a huge sawmill. Many memories there also. Continuing down the road and on the left side, Paul's grandmother lived. Further yet was Buttermilk Falls, what a beautiful place. Proceeding on the road, it made a turn to the right and before crossing the bridge, on the left, was the old mill pond. After crossing the bridge and at the intersection, turning right and around a bend, you had a beautiful view of the valley to the north. On good conditions, you could see our house. I believe there was another intersection and turning right and heading back toward Walpack Center, was a beautiful farm, owner Masons or Mashions. I'm not too sure about the spelling. Further on and on the right side was The Walpack Inn, but not what it is today. I can only remember a tavern there, owned by the Lombardo's or Lombardi's. I remember someone called Joe and Manny. Continuing north and on the left side was a big stone house. I believe that's where the park headquarters are now. Next I can remember, your back in town. Across the street from the store, to the west, was a road that went up the hill over to the Delaware River. One other item I remember was, after you went past Culvers Lake, you came to Zazzi's corner. Zazzi had a tavern at that intersection and that's were we turned to go to Walpack. Now they call it Tuttles corner. How long was it called Tuttles or was it always that?\r\nI returned to the valley a few years back and just had to fight the tears. What a shame. I stand to be corrected on any of my recollections of what I could remember. When we moved to Illinois in 1947, I was just 12 years old. But I will never ever forget my 12 beautiful summers in Walpack.\r\nJohn F. Eveland
John
20 Jun 2009, 17:52
Thunder Mountain Lake use to have pretty good access 3/4's around the lake years ago. Fishing was great, but I recentely went there, and the grass and growth is out of control. Make sure to check for ticks. Does anyone know if, or who is responsible for clearing the paths and trails there? Its sad to let a wonderful place go to waste reducing access around the lake.
Patte Haggerty Frato
02 Apr 2009, 05:27
Please check out the Sandyston Township website at www.sandystontownship.com as Sandyston Township now has the Sandyston Township Historical Society. \r\nWould love to help and share information about this wonderful area.\r\nI grew up in the Hainesville Section of Sandyston Township and my family dates back here to the pre-Rev.Era on both sides of my family. The history of the people of this area are my love. Please do email me at patte@nac.net\r\nPresident of the Sandyston Township Historical Society
Gary Treible
01 Apr 2009, 13:23
One more thing about Chris Caul. He was a very good baseball player and generally quite athletic. Chris always had an unconventional side however. When we had our 7th or 8th grade yearbook picture taken, Chris flipped the bird. It cost him a ton or recess, and they doctored the picture by putting this huge ink-blot thing on the version that went into the yearbook. Ironically, Chris won the day, because it was very obvious what had happened.\r\n\r\nAt some point Chris's mom remarried and he became Chris Dunn. I lost track of him when we left SWS.
Gary Treible
01 Apr 2009, 13:06
caul's country corner\r\n----------------\r\nYeah, I believe that's what the store in Wallpack Center was called when the Caul's owned it. Chris Caul (later Chris Dunn), was in my class at SWS. The store was our bus stop, so we spent a good deal of time there.
tom o.
01 Apr 2009, 12:04
does anyone remember caul's country corner?
ron vuyosevich
31 Jan 2009, 18:53
my dad started it when we were told in 1979 we were being bought out. my family settled on the Grummar farm in 1948. we would spend every summer up there. what a beautiful area. i got to know the stretch of the river we were on like the back of my hand. we were located in hainseville, halfway between the milford bridge and dingmans ferry. our big thing was making our way downstream through the 3 sets of rapids to dingmans ferry, where we would beach the boat and walk over to the soda shoppe on rt.209. i'm now 62 and visit our spot on the river every year. i bring a chaise lounge and look out over the river for hours to the mountain my wife and i would climb before we got married. i would trade my large home in the poconos, on 3 acres for our spot back, and a small trailer in a second. my mom slipped into depression soon after they bulldozed our place and passed away. my dad a few years later. i remember going with my dad to milford to buy block ice every weekend and he would stop at Dempsey's bar on 206 for a quick one on the trip back. the flood of 55 washed our cabin down the river but we re-built. our drinking water came from a spring that bubbled out of the ground about 20 feet in from the shoreline on the jersey side ,a few hundred yards downriver. we would fill up 1 gallon glass jugs. i remember carrying up the bank 6 bottles at a time hooked on my fingers. just a few miles in from 206 was like being in a different country....just beautiful. i miss it dearly. Ron Vuyosevich
Gary Treible
30 Dec 2008, 22:08
Andrea,\r\n\r\nMy time there is past. If you have a family, take them to Wallpack and show them around. For me, it was the most perfect and beautiful place any kid could ever want to grow up in. \r\n\r\nGary
Stephen Lance
30 Dec 2008, 12:06
Kareth Tuttle Servis:\r\nI am a descendant of the Tuttle's from Orange County NY. Is your Benjamin also related to this group?
BILL LUND
25 Nov 2008, 07:02
I was raised at Tuttles Corner and am also interested in any pictures that may exist from back in the day.
Andrea G
10 Nov 2008, 09:23
I'm glad to finally know the truth. All through my youth when we would go through there we would just let our imaginations go!! I'm sorry for all those who lost their homes, it's looks like such a lovely place to live. I love the entire area, mountains, forests, nature, what a shame to destroy a community. Unfortunately, our government makes unwise decisions and never have to feel the backlash.
Gary Treible
10 Nov 2008, 07:00
Denny,\r\n\r\nMy family lived in Wallpack Center. If you go down the hill by the Church and over the bridge, we lived a few hundred yards up the road on the left hand side.\r\n\r\nWe left in '73 and our house and all the buildings were bulldozed down. Today it's so overgrown you can barely see there had been dwellings there.\r\n\r\nHaving been back recently, I was shocked to see how poorly maintained many of the remaining buildings are.\r\n\r\nTrue there could have been condos on the Delaware, but I doubt it. And even so, that could have been handled by zoneing laws. There was no need for the Government to have destroyed this community. The bottom line is that there were far more sources of recreation there in 1968 than there are in 2008 as part of a National Recreation Area.
Gary Treible
10 Nov 2008, 06:59
Denny,\r\n\r\nMy family lived in Wallpack Center. If you go down the hill by the Church and over the bridge, we lived a few hundred yards up the road on the left hand side.\r\n\r\nWe left in '73 and our house and all the buildings were bulldozed down. Today it's so overgrown you can barely see there had been dwellings there.\r\n\r\nHaving been back recently, I was shocked to see how poorly maintained many of the remaining buildings are.\r\n\r\nTrue there could have been condos on the Delaware, but I doubt it. And even so, that could have been handled by zoneing laws. There was no need for the Government to have destroyed this community. The bottom line is that there were far more sources of recreation there in 1968 than there are in 2008 as part of a National Recreation Area.
Dennis
01 Nov 2008, 20:41
Andrea G,\r\nMy family and I WERE part of the Walpack area for many years until back in the 70's when our scam artist politicians decided to flood the area with a dam we didn't need. Remember Tocks Island?\r\nPeople were forced out of their homes and farms that had been in the family for generations.\r\nThe few that refused to sell out to the Government were burnt out!\r\nThats a fact!\r\nWhen the residents protested this project it went no where.\r\nCollectivly having all that property up and down the Delaware River only produced several hundred people. That isn't much of a protest. And we were all poor so there wasn't much money around for lawyers.\r\nAlso at the same time that they were kicking everyone out, they were rebuilding the Van Campen Inn. A stone building on Old Mine Road that use to be a tavern.(right on the Delaware)\r\nIf you were flooding an area, why would you spend $200K on a project like this?\r\nBut this is our government. NJ and Pa wanted a park and they got it.\r\nWho knows, if it stayed private, maybe we would be seeing condos along the river, I don't know.\r\nIts just the way that they did it!\r\nI still live close by and hike the area regularly and of course eat at the Walpack Inn at least 6 times a year.\r\nI hope this helped you as to why its a "ghost town". If you stop at the Walpack Inn you can see pictures of the area in its prime.\r\nIt was kind of like Mayberry, something I doubt you will ever see again.\r\nLater,\r\nDenny
Andrea Guidera
21 Oct 2008, 06:17
Every year I go to this area with my family to see the scenery and every year we stop in Walpack Center. My curiosity is always peaked, wondering what happened to all the people and why the place seems like a ghost town. Did any event happen to cause it to be abandonned? Why was it once thriving and now so empty?
Kareth Tuttle Servis
28 Apr 2008, 13:16
I am descended from Rutherford Tuttle who was one of many children of Benjamin Tuttle of Tuttle's Corners, NJ .I am trying to find any information I can on the Tuttles of Tuttle's corner and if there are any Tuttles still living in that area of New Jersey. I would also love to find any old photographs of Benjamin Tuttle's Inn at Tuttle's Corners, NJ and any of the Tuttle family.
Debbie Biase
04 Apr 2008, 06:23
I'm TRYING to obtain directions to Buttermilk Falls south of Walpack Center in the Delaware Water Gap Rec area. I'm coming from Berkeley Hts (near Summit) Can anyone help?\r\nThanks!!!
marie cord
08 Feb 2008, 17:49
interested on all material available on this site..thank you.

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