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 in the Village of Hancock to form the headwaters of the Delaware River, which then flow over 300 miles to the Atlantic Ocean.
Atop Point Mountain is a
mausoleum built by Dr. Frank Woolsey in the 1940's to house his
remains. Today, the mausoleum lies empty and abandoned. Dr.
Woolsey was never buried there.
Spring is eagerly awaited after long cold winters. The Spring brings not only warm weather, but yields a generous amount of deliciously sweet maple syrup and maple butter. Maple syrup from Hancock is shipped all over the world and it's quality rivals the famous Vermont Syrups.
Built in 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 Byway"
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 square miles in size with 3,449 people living in 1,390 households. The median income for a household in the town is $30,449.
Hancock owes its former importance mainly to its role as a division point of the Erie Railroad from 1848, especially in the days of steam locomotives. Its importance declined with the replacement of steam with diesel locomotives in the early 1950s; the division point was removed with the merger of the Erie into the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad in 1960. The railroad still exists as the Southern Tier line of the Norfolk Southern Railway, leased to the Central New York Railway, but sees only a few freight trains a week.
The bridge that spanned the West Branch of The Delaware River, connecting Hancock, New York and Wayne County, PA may have looked a little familiar to many people that visited New York City after 1870. The Hancock bridge was the forerunner to the of The Brooklyn Bridge, engineered by John A. Roebling's Sons Co. The bridge was replaced in 1936
with the current structure. The bluestone foundation of the original Roebling bridge on the New York side is still viable today.
Hancock is located just 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 Greater Hancock area.
Many retirees from the city now call Hancock home.
Rather than ending up in Hancock some people actually start out here.
New York State Senator Charles D. Cook graduated from Hancock Central School in 1952 before becoming a newspaper editor, and senator serving 25 years in the legislature.
TWO GOLF COURSES. NO WAITING.
Hancock is a duffers paradise, sporting not only one, but two world class public golf courses. Spring brings great golfers converging from all parts of the world to play on either of the area's 2 great courses. The Hancock Golf Course, owned by the Town of Hancock, was designed before World War II as a WPA Project, by legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones. Jones is famous for designing or re-designing over 500 courses around the world, including Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, Oak Hill-East, Rochester, New York, Costa Del Sol, Spain, Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, California, Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico, to name just a few of his iconic courses. The Hancock Golf Course is the only RTJ course in America we know of where you can play a round of golf (with a cart), for only $15!
Just 8 miles down the road from the Jones masterpiece is The French Woods Golf & X-Ski Resort, equally as breath taking, a magnificent course literally carved from of the Catskill Mountains. French Woods was designed by local entrepreneur, Russell R. Bass. The course features 1,500 sq. ft. Beaver Mountain Log Homes (locally manufactured) situated throughout the course. Guests can wake up nearly on the greens or fairways. Both courses offer panoramic views, challenging holes and unforgettable golf.
Also home to French Woods is the French Woods Festival of The Performing Arts. A summer camp for kids with creative talent. Dance, theater, music, circus, magic, visual arts, film and video, & sports, are just a few of the areas that kids will become tutored in. World famous magicians (like Illusionist, David Blain), performers and artists have learned their craft at French Woods.
Hancock was once home to Becton Dickenson. More disposable surgical blades were produced in Hancock than anywhere else in the world. The plant is now part of an Empire Zone and leases manufacturing and office space to other companies. 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 turned from a tree that grew in Hancock. Ted Williams, Ty Cobb Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio were just a few of the many that swung Hancock wood. "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 Series.
The area is also well known world wide for it's high quality 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.
Some other uses of Hancock Bluestone are sidewalk street curbs in New York City, walk ways around South Ferry, facades and architectural foundations for many New York City buildings.
Summer in Hancock brings World
Class Enduro Motorcycle Racing to the area. The participants race not
only the rugged Hancock course, but the clock as well.
Hancock is famous for it's parades. Each Christmas the Parade of Lights delights hundreds of children of all ages. Summer brings The Tractor Parade and Fireman's Field Days. This picture shows the high school marching band during a parade in 1934 passing the exact spot where hundreds of Hancock residents listened to a speech made by Teddy Roosevelt given from the back of train.