The Town of Hancock
is "The Gateway To The Delaware River". The East and West branches of
the Delaware River converge at Hancock from opposing directions at the
base of Point Mountain to form the headwaters of the Delaware River
which eventually flow to the Atlantic Ocean. Atop Point Mountain is a
mausoleum that was built by Dr. Lester E. Woolsey in the 1940's to house his
remains. The mausoleum lies empty today. Dr. Woolsey was buried there
only a few years, until the structure could not be properly protected
and all the bodies that were entombed there were removed.
The Delaware river, along with the many streams, lakes and
ponds that surround Hancock are teeming with brook and brown trout,
perch, bass, bullhead and eel providing what many call... "the best
fishing in the United States." The river also
provides summer passage for canoers and rafters "running the rapids" to
Equinunk, Skinner's Falls, Fishes Eddy and points as far south as Port
Jervis and New Jersey.
In the 1960's, New York Route 17 was designated most
scenic highway in the nation and thousands of people ventured to the
Hancock area each year to marvel at the Autumn foliage which is usually
is at its peak around the first week of October. Autumn is closely
followed by large game hunting season in November. Hunters from as far
away as 500 miles come to Hancock to bag their trophy white tail deer.
Many Black Bear have also been taken in the Hancock area in recent
years as well as pheasant and other small game. The Spring time of the
year also yields a generous amount of deliciously sweet maple syrup and maple butter. Maple syrup from Hancock is shipped all over the world and
rivals the famous Vermont Syrups.
the early 1930s to link Port Jervis with the town of Hancock, Route 97,
which begins its journey at Hancock, has been designated "the most
scenic highway in the East." Hancock is "The Gateway to The Upper Delaware Scenic
The Town of Hancock is
comprised of many villages and hamlets, largest of which is the Village
of Hancock. Smaller Hamlets consist of Cadosia, Harvard, Peakville,
Centerville, Readburn, Chiloway, Pea Brook, French Woods, Lordville,
East Branch, Fishs Eddy, Goulds & Stockport. The town is 161.8
miles in size with 3,449 people living in 1,390 households. The median
income for a household in the town is $30,449.
Spring finds the town's area golf courses in full swing with golfers converging from
all parts of the world to play on either of the area's 2 public
courses, one of which was designed by legendary golf course architect,
Robert Trent Jones. Both courses offer panoramic views and challenging
The main industries in the town of Hancock are timber and stone.
Hancock was once home to Becton Dickenson. More disposable surgical
blades were produced in Hancock than anywhere else in the world.
Hancock is home to many hardwood mills. Oak, maple, ash, cherry and
other fine hardwoods are shipped all over the world to be fashioned
into everything from book cases and chairs to baseball bats. World
famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats were made from Hancock timber
for over 85 years. The wood that made Babe Ruth's bat was carved from a
tree that grew in Hancock. "Honest" Eddie Murphy, who played on The
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates, was
born in Hancock on October 2, 1891. In 1918 his
batting average was only 3 percentage points behind Babe Ruth. He was
also the first batter to ever face Babe Ruth when The Bambino broke in
as a pitcher for the Boston Braves. Eddie Murphy appeared in 3 World
The area is also known world wide for its Bluestone
quarries. Bluestone finds its way into everything from patios and
fireplaces to sidewalk curbs in New York City. Hancock is "The
Bluestone Capital of the World". Many New York City landmarks contain
Hancock Bluestone such as The Empire State Building and the base of The
Statue Of Liberty.
Winter brings record snowfalls, along with eager skiers
that enjoy the several ski resorts located within 15-45 minutes of
Hancock. Snowmobilers have reclaimed the old railroad beds in the area,
creating literally hundreds of miles of trails.
Hancock is located only 2
1/2 hours from New York City, New Jersey and 3 hours from Philadelphia,
making it a perfect summer or winter vacation retreat. Travelers and
tourists alike take advantage of the dozens of restaurants, motels and
B & B's that dot the village and surrounding local area.