Location: Delaware River Gap, Pennsylvania
Where is it?
In my family we always referred to the place of my grandmother's birth as "The Gap". But the Gap was not just the small borough of the Delaware Water Gap, located just north of Philadelphia. It was also not only the famous recreation area with the Delaware River winding through the tall mountains. To our family it was the AREA of Pennsylvania where our roots were. It was our shorthand for "family."
A family story from "The Gap"
There is much to be said about these two women, my aunts Amy and Marty, who sit together in their kitchen watching the road. You could speak about their lives today which are filled with the pain of aged bones after almost a century of living. Or you could recognize instead the triumph of their lives and the fact that they are still on the same piece of earth where they took their first breath, a major accomplishment in these days of rootless wanderings.
Until this last year, the old kitchen window through which they gazed was the same their father framed before they were born. The aged two story farm house had stood through the years sheltering these women and their sisters and brothers. It’s large comfortable kitchen had watched their growing up and had welcomed their sister’s and brother’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. To me while growing up it was a constant place in my life. Though I seldom visited I always knew it was there. And in that knowing was a certain comfort.....
To view the rest of my introduction to "THE GAP" you can find it in my google documents. "The GAP": A Family Story
History of borough known as The Delaware Water Gap
- Established in 1793 as Dutotsburg after the first settler Antoine Dutot.
- 1830's The Kittatinny Hotel opens with 25 rooms.
Two miles and a half SE from Stroudsburg is the little hamlet of Dutotsburg founded some years since by Mr Antoine Dutot a Frenchman who still resides in the place. It was once a merry place particularly in the spring when the lumbermen along the Delaware had occasion to tarry there but the lumber trade has decreased business has been transferred to Stroudsburg and with it the glory of Dutotsburg has departed.
- Historical collections of the State of Pennsylvania by Sherman Day 1843. At Google Books.
- See Antoine Dutot
- A Minisink Double Wedding Published in 1902 and searchable on google books.
- Antoine Dutot Museum & Gallery
- Delaware Water Gap History
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