Uptown

Soap Box Derby

The Finish Line for the annual Soap Box Derby is painted across Sussex Street at its intersection with Ball Street.  This is the largest local soap box derby in the world.  Nearby on Constitution Square, there is a memorial to Elizabeth Ashley Bisland, a young soap box derby driver who passed away in 2004.

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Constitution Square

Constitution Square is the area around the intersection of Hammond and Sussex Streets.  Constitution Square is the city's government center.  The Department of Public Works, the E. Arthur Gray Post Office (pictured) and the Municipal Building are located here.  There is a plaque on the ground on each corner for Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and women and veterans of America.

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Railroad Museum

The museum, run by the Tri-States  Railway Prservation Society, is located inside the Youth Community Center on Pike Street. The free exhibit features four free-standing display cases with artifacts and photographs.  It is open on weekdays from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM.

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Fire Museum

The Fire Museum at 8 Orange Street is housed in the old Maghogomock Hook & Ladder Company building.  The museum includes artifacts from the city's fire department including a horse-drawn pumper from 1894.  The museum opened in 2007 for the 157th annual Inspection Day Parade, the oldest continuous parade in the US. Tours are available on the last Saturday from May through October from 1 PM to 4 PM or by appointment.

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Orange Square/Veterans Park

Orange Square or Veterans Park is the central square in the Uptown neighborhood.  In 1876, author Stephen Crane moved with his family from Newark, New Jersey to Port Jervis.  His family lived at the parsonage of the Drew Methodist Church on the square. Some have said a young Crane heard stories from members of the 124th Regiment here and later came back to interview them when writing his Red Badge of Courage

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Port Jervis Free Library

The Port Jervis Free Library is one of over 2500 Carnegie Libraries in the country. The Port Jervis Free Library was organized in 1892.  Until 1903, it was located on the second floor of the  nearby Farnum Building.  The new library opened in 1903 and was designed by William S. Ackerman. In 2016, the library opened a permanent photographic exhibit on Stephen Crane.

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Farnum House

The Farnum House was the 1850 Italianate house of Samuel B. Farnum, located at the end of Ulster Place in Farnum Park.  Farnum was a superintendent of the Delaware and Hudson Canal. Today, the building is being renovated and converted to use as a community center.

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Port Jervis Train Station

The city's location between the Poconos, the Catskills and the Shawangunk Ridge and between two National Park Service areas (the Delaware Water Gap and the Upper Delaware ) make it a central point for recreating, but that doesn't mean it is isolated.  New York Stewart Airport is a forty minute drive and the train station provides regular service to New York City via Hoboken or Secaucus Junction.

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Farmers Market Square

The Port Jervis Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM from June to October, rain or shine.  The market features produce and products from the Tri-State region.  Nearby is Banach Olympic Circle, a grassy island dedicated to Lou and Ed Banach, twin brothers from Port Jervis who won gold medals for wrestling in the 1984 Olympics.

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