Port Jervis Tour

A short walking tour of some of the historic sites in Port Jervis

Port Jervis Tour

Port Jervis, New York 12771, United States

Created By: Visit Port Jervis

Tour Information

Historic walking tour of Port Jervis. This 3 mile loop beginning at the train station and ending in downtown Port Jervis, stops at a number of historical sites. See sites related to the railroads, Port Jervis' former industries, author Stephen Crane and see some of the interesting architecture, while exploring the Mountainside, Uptown, South End and Downtown neighborhoods of Port Jervis.


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What You'll See on the Tour

Port Jervis station is the terminus on Metro-North's Port Jervis line, a New York City commuter line operated by New Jersey Transit.  
The Erie Turntable was built in 1854 and was used by the railroad until the 1980's.  It was restored to operating condition in 1996.  The roundhouse, which surrounded the turntable was destroyed by arson in the 1980's.  Check out one of ... Read more
Cross the parking lot for the dog park and the Delaware and Hudson Canal trailhead.  As soon as you reach the top of the hill on the paved path, you will be standing on the old Delaware and Hudson Canal, which connected Honesdale, Pennsylv... Read more
Note the old stone wall along the north side of West Main Street.  This small city property at the corner of Park Avenue and West Main Street is the site of the old Mountain House School, which backed up to the base of Mount William.  Par... Read more
Orange Square Veterans Memorial Park is a war memorial and the central square in the Uptown neighborhood of Port Jervis, at Pike and Broome Streets.  
Marsh Hall is named for Donald Stuart Marsh, the former Director of Arts of the First Presbyterian Church and the founder and director of the Presby Players, the oldest community theater in Orange County.  The brick chapel built in 1889 is... Read more
Port Jervis has many beautiful old homes throughout the city.  Walking or driving around, you will notice many  Victorian homes.  Across from Marsh Hall, note 61 Sussex Street.  This is an example of a Queen Anne style house.  Although... Read more
Walking to the end of Ulster Place across Main Street, you will see the Samuel B. Farnum House in Farnum Park.  This 1850 Italinate style house, was home to the superintendent of the Delaware and Hudson Canal.  The building housed the ori... Read more
The Crane house was the house of lawyer, William Crane, the brother of author Stephen Crane, from 1890-1901.  Stephen visited his brother here from 1891 to 1896.   
This beautiful Greek Revival next door to the Crane House is the home and studio of artist, Julia Healy.  Visit her website to see works by the artist.
This was the site of the Old Main Street School and the Main Street Academy.  The older, Old Main Street School, stood in front of the Main Street Academy, closer to Main Street.  Neither building remains today, but the fenced-off triangu... Read more
Deerpark Reformed Church was built in 1868, the fourth building to serve the congregation.  The first two churches were in front of the Maghackamack Cemetery (at the corner of East Main and Jersey Streets).  This was the first church esta... Read more
The building at 26 Elizabeth Street is one of the many example of Second Empire houses in the city.  Note the dormer windows and the mansard roof, typical of this style.  A more elaborate example of Second Empire architecture is the Knig... Read more
The Silk Mill Condos at the corner of Church Street and Barcelow Street were originally opened in 1917 as the Katterman & Mitchell silk mill.  The company was started in Paterson, New Jersey by Fred Mitchell and Fred Katterman.  Port... Read more
Although the 1900 schoolhouse has since been demolished, the bell from the school is displayed in a private yard next to Church Street Park.  Councilman Stan Siegel, along with Friends of Recreation helped a "Save the Field" campaign to p... Read more
The beautiful stone church on the corner of Seward and East Main Street was built in 1891.
This baseball field next to the Port Jervis Middle School, has been home to baseball games in the city since the 1850's.  Several 19th-century teams played their home games here, including the Delaware Base Ball Club and the Port Jervis Re... Read more
In 1868, the Port Jervis and Monticello Railroad was built. In 1895 , the line was leased to the New York Ontario and Western Railway (O&W).  Today the O&W right of way and old structures remain visible in the city, despite the ... Read more
This caboose, built in 1941, is most likely an old Pennsylvania Railroad caboose repainted with the Erie logo.  It is still an interesting site in a parking lot on this stretch of Jersey Avenue.
The historic Queen Anne style Erie Depot was built in 1892 by Grattan & Jennings. It served as a passenger station for the line until 1974.  The depot housed a railroad museum until 2002.  The museum is now located on Pike Street.... Read more
Kucher Promenade, is named for the local business owner and community volunteer, Josef Kucher, who was killed in 2014. Kucher strongly believed that Port Jervis' downtown Port Jervis would soon see a renaissance.  It is fitting that the me... Read more

 

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