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City of Port Jervis, New York

Port Jervis was founded in 1826, became a village in 1853 and became a city in 1907.

A River City

Port Jervis, New York was first incorporated as a village in 1853 and after being partitioned from the Town of Deerpark, became a city in 1907. This small city located at the junction of three states, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and at the meeting place of the Neversink and Delaware rivers. It is beautifully situated to the east of the Appalachian plateau and at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountains. It has long been a transportation nexus, serving as a stop along the Delaware River for Native Americans and later timber log raftsmen. The village was an important stop on the Delaware and Hudson Canal (D&H) from 1828-1898 and was named for John B. Jervis, the canal´s chief engineer.

Painter John N. Howitt, a resident of Port Jervis, was more notably recognize for his moonlighting career as a plup fiction cover illustrator than his more cherished nature paintings.

The Erie Railroad arrived in 1847 and successor companies continued to maintain a major presence here until the 1960s. From 1875-1930 it was a major industrial and economic center and home to a number of important figures including author Stephen Crane and painter John N. Howitt. It continues to serve as the region´s economic hub and is now benefiting from the tourism opportunities tha abound nearby.

Port Jervis still holds a variety of architectual styles in its midst. There were numerous examples of what have become collectively called Victorian styles and include Gothic Revival, Italianate, Stick, Second Empire, Queen Anne, Shingle, Folk Victorian and Colonial Revival styles. Since Port Jervis was only a short train trip away from Manahttan, many of its larger homes were designed by architects from New York City. The Classical Revival, Craftsman and Tudor styles were popular during the early years of this century.

The city is the southern starting point for the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway.

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