Students in Bess Moran's drawing class at Port
Jervis High School used historic photographs of
the city to create this beautiful poster for the
Port Jervis Centennial Celebration.
Set on the majestic Delaware River in the
valley of the Northern Appalachian Mountains, the City's scenic
and historic attractions makes it both a favorite tourist
destination and great place for residents to live, work, and
Port Jervis spans an area of 2.5 square miles with 36 miles of
roads and highways. With easy access to I-84 and other major
highways, the City's strategic location provides direct
access to rail via the Norfolk-Southern network and to major airports with easy
connections to regional and international markets.
The city's greatest resource is its scenic beauty
which makes it a
popular tourist attraction. Each year, thousands of people visit
our parks and campgrounds and enjoy the many activities of the
Delaware River including fishing, canoeing and rafting. During
the winter months, residents and visitors also have easy access
to several ski resorts including Masthope, Tanglewood and
Shawnee in Pennsylvania, as well as Holiday Mountain in Sullivan
County, New York, and Great Gorge resort in nearby Vernon Valley,
New Jersey. Additionally, several major tourist events such as "Fall Foliage"
Festivals and the Arts Walk summer fest are held annually.
In its early days, Port Jervis served as a transportation center:
first, as a stop on the Old Mine Road - the first 100-mile
road in America - then as a port on the Delaware River and
Hudson Canal, until it became a division center for the New
York and Lake Erie Railroad.
On July 27, 2007, the City celebrated its 100th anniversary.
commemorate the Centennial and honor those who
contributed to the City's proud history, the Centennial
Committee held numerous special events. For
more information on the Port Jervis Centennial, visit
Minisink Valley Historical Society
Jervis Soap Box Derby is now the second largest Soap Box
Derby IN THE WORLD!
Jervis students won first and third place
trophies in the Stock Car Division of the 2007
Soap Box Derby.
The Port Jervis Soap Box Derby has a strong history of
bringing the community together for a fun-filled day and
a family-friendly event. The first Soap Box Derby race
in Port Jervis took place in the summer of 1947.
Unfortunately, after 1957, the derby in Port Jervis
ceased to exist for 43 years.
With the support of the local P.B.A., local businessman
William Hockenberry, brought the race back to the city
in 2000. Over the years, the derby has grows to what is
now the second largest soap box derby in the world!
For more information, visit:
The Port Jervis PBA Soap Box Derby is affiliated with
All-American Soap Box Derby; Akron, Ohio.