Port Jervis, in the westernmost part of Orange County, is unique in that it faces two states across the Delaware River – Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The city is at the confluence of both the Delaware and the Neversink River.
The Tri-State Monument, which sits below the Interstate 84 viaduct, looks like little more than a rock, but it is a significant marker at the northernmost point in New Jersey where visitors can stand in the three states at once.
The city has long been known as a transportation hub because of the rivers and its history as a stop on the Old Mine Road, the first 100-mile road in the U.S., and as a port with the Delaware and Hudson Canal, which was begun in 1825 and has served as a link from Kingston on the Hudson River to Port Jervis. The city was actually named after John B. Jervis, the Delaware and Hudson Canal’s principal engineer.
Nowadays, Interstate 84 passes just south of the city and Port Jervis serves as a hub for companies that reach regional markets. Main roads that run through Port Jervis are U.S. 6 and 209 and State Route 42 and 97.
The city is the last stop on the Port Jervis Metro-North commuter rail line to Secaucus and Hoboken, N.J.
For those who enjoy whitewater rafting, tubing, canoeing and kayaking, the rivers await – whether it be a mild or wild adventure.
Port Jervis was named the No. 1 Coolest Small Town by Budget Magazine in 2008. The city is a mix of art galleries, antique shops and charm framed in the rivers and the mountains. An influx of urban arts people has created an energetic arts scene with more dining and shopping locales.
Stop at The Erie Hotel and Restaurant for a craft draft beer, one of the larger selections in the area. The museum-quality back bar was carved by German craftsmen more than 100 years ago.
And, the antique shops are numerous – there’s Twenty Seven at 27 Front St.; Cedarwood II, 4 Fowler St.; The Hodge-Podge, 85 Jersey Ave., just to name a few.