During the period of 1895 to 1910, New York City was the capital of film production and distribution. It seems only natural for New Yorkers to travel to these parts today. The rich beauty of the area has long drawn visitors to capture the surrounding with pen to paper, photographs and film. Many aren't aware the impact the area had on the silent film industry. In the early 1900s, D.W. Griffith and the American Biograph Company chose these parts to feature films with stars like Mary Pickford, Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett. The Natural scenery and the growing industries at the time; the canal and railroad served as backdrops for the films. The Victor Film Company, with Florence Lawrence and the Pathe Freres Company with Pearl White (star of The Perils of Pauline) stayed in 1912. In 1913, a small film company named GEM also filmed in the region. It appears that over 20 silent films were captured here.
Today, automakers BMW, Saab, Cadillac and Honda have used the Hawk´s Nest section of the highway to film television commercials.
Named for H.L. Sparrow, a dealer in ship-knee timber, who rafted down the Delaware River to Philadelphia the shipyards in the early 1800s. The land had originally been names Sparrow´s “Bosh,” meaning Sparrow´s sloping thicket or woods. Over the years it changed to its present name, Sparrowbush.The Sparrowbush Fishing Access at Hook Road allows boat and fishing entering to the Delaware River.
Named for William Cuddeback, a colonel in the War of 1812 and a descendant of one of the first families, is also home to the Neversink Valley Area Museum. Canal life was what built the hamlet
The whole region has much history, as an ongoing effort to recognize and revitalize the stories of our communities the Neversink Valley Area Museum, in Cuddebackville, a visitor can learn about the building of the D&H Canal by viewing the exhibits or search through the library collection of maps, photographs and letters on the topic. Information and artifacts on the history of farming, blacksmithing and carpentry of the region are also available. The D&H Canal Park features the only remaining watered section of the canal for summer boat rides. Also, enjoy activities such as walking and birdwatching at the park. Creative lectures and blearing experiences are offered to guests and school groups about the Lenni Lenape Indians.
The Museum has a fantastic selection of classic silent movies that were filmed in the area. Call or check their website for shows and other events.
Neversink Valley Area Museum
26 Hoag Road (off Route 209)
Thursday—Sunday, 12pm —4
The Park is open from dawn to dusk daily.
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