Delaware Water Gap was designated as an A.T. Community™ in June of 2014. The town is drenched in history and visitors can learn more by visiting the Antoine Dutot Museum
. After the Civil War, Delaware Water Gap was the second largest inland resort town in the United States, and by 1906, an advertising pamphlet estimated that over one-half million people visited the Gap annually (with President Theodore Roosevelt being one of them in 1910). One of the main sources of recreation were the miles of mountain paths with vistas at frequent intervals. Many of these paths later became part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Because the town was a resort community in its heyday, hospitality is a longstanding tradition in the Gap. A.T. hikers are always welcome, and the town has embraced the A.T. culture into their community. With a variety of restaurants and shops, there is something for everyone. The hotels welcome thru-hikers and also offer long-term parking options for section hikers. A hostel at the Church of the Mountain provides rest and rejuvenation, as well as a weekly potluck dinner for thru-hikers on the Trail. And, with a full-service outfitter right in town, resupply, repair, and shuttle service are simple and easy. In addition, the bus station in town connects Delaware Water Gap to the major cities and airports nearby.
Delaware Water Gap also boasts a rich arts and culture patchwork. The annual Founders Day Festival in June is a town-wide series of events held in honor of Antoine Dutot, who founded Dutotsburg, now Delaware Water Gap, in 1793. Offerings include a fine arts craft show, bands and strolling musicians. The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Jazz Fest was founded in 1978 by world-renowned jazz artist and composer Phil Woods, trombonist Rick Chamberlain and local proprietaire du saloon Ed Joubert. The idea was, and still is, to share with their community the art created by the many world-class musicians and artists who call the area home.
Learn more about Delaware Water Gap and upcoming events in town here!