Since the museums in Milford closed at 4pm and Settlers Inn opened for dinner at 5:30pm, we had some time to kill so we decided to take a ride north of Hawley into New York. Thinking it would be a pretty drive, I must admit being a bit disappointed as we drove out of the mountains into what is best described as rolling woodlands with little in the way of color. We did, however, stumble upon several places that were quite interesting.
We did go far enough to reach Narrowsburg, NY via PA State Road 652 where we turned around and headed back. That was just about the perfect amount of "ride" to knock off 90 minutes, given that we did stop along the way for me to take some photos. Among the points of interest were several attractions that I venture to guess don't see a lot of visitors given their out-of-the-way locations.
The Dorflinger Glass Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary was the first detour we made to check out. Unfortunately they were already closed and there was nobody around to ask questions of.
The glass museum is the nation's largest collection of American brilliant-cut Dorflinger Glass. Manufactured beginning in the 1860's, Dorflinger Glass produced some of the most beautiful cut lead crystal for more than 50 years in nearby White Mills, PA. Today the museum's collection includes more than 900 pieces. There is a $5 admission fee ($4 for seniors and $2 for children ages six to 18).
The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary was originally land purchased by Christian Dorflinger in 1863 as a county home for his family as an escape from their Brooklyn, NY city life. After moving his factory to White Mills in 1867, he built a number of houses on the land for the immigrant workers he brought from France to America to work in his glass factory.
Today visitors may enjoy the pristine trails through the 600 acre property as well as one of the original seven workers' houses built on the property. The 1867 Glassworker's House has very limited hours and there is a $2 fee. In the summer, the Wildflower Music Festival is held on the grounds.
For more information, check out the following websites:
Dorflinger Glass Museum: http://www.dorflinger.org/glass_museum.html
Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary: http://www.dorflinger.org/wildlife_sanctuary.html
Wildflower Music Festival: http://www.dorflinger.org/wildflower_music_festival.html
1867 Glassworker's House: http://www.dorflinger.org/glassworkers_house.html
From there we continued on our journey to New York. There we stumbled upon Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial Life, a stockade settlement recreation of what life was like in this area from 1755 until 1785. Closed for the winter, we were only able to take a look around the perimeter of the enclosed property. Established in 1957 by a local historian, today's visitors can learn about the early American settlers who moved into this area from Connecticut in search of better farmland.
Open weekends (Friday through Monday) from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Fort Delaware features a number of interpretive exhibits with period costumed guides providing insight into a variety of trades necessary in a colonial community. Included are blacksmithing, candlemaking, farming and weaving.
Admission fees apply and include a family group rate. For more information, check them out at: http://fortdelawaremuseum.org/ .
Our last stop of our mini-road trip was the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. This US National Park Service site encompasses areas on either side of the river, but we stopped in at the Pennsylvania side. By this time it was getting dark largely due to the rain clouds that had moved in through the late afternoon. We just drove far enough back into the woods to get a feel for the area.
I did feel fortunate to see a small group of deer. They didn't scamper away when we stopped about 50 yards beyond them, so I got out of the van to take a few photos. While they were initially OK with my presence, they did get startled by something and bolted for the treeline.
Visitors will find opportunities for fishing, boating and hiking here. More information may be found at: http://www.nps.gov/upde/index.htm .
All in all, we enjoyed our drive mostly because we encountered some rather unexpected places along the way. I would say if someone is visiting the Pocono Mountains' northern region and looking for someplace interesting to just go driving, this would be a place I would recommend . . . especially if some of these attractions are open at the time of their visit.