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. Frank Woolsey in the 1940's
to house his remains. The mausoleum lies empty today and is now
abandoned. Dr. Woolsey was never buried there.
The Delaware river, along with the many streams, lakes and ponds that
surround Hancock are teaming 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 early Spring yields a
generous amount of maple syrup and maple butter. Maple syrup from
Hancock is shipped all over the world and rivals the famous Vermont
Built in the early
1930s to link Port Jervis with the
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 Byway"
Spring finds the Hancock 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 of Hancock are timber and stone.
Hancock was once home to Becton Dickenson. More disposable surgical
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
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.
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
The area is also known world wide for it's 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