Van Campen Day
Sunday, October 18th 2015
The events planned for the afternoon include costumed re-enactors and the demonstration of Colonial crafts such as spinning, woodworking, blacksmithing, chair caning, lace making and apple pressing for cider.
Also planned is a brief parade, a talk on Col. John Rosenkrans, a tour to a former fort and cemetery, and the presentation of a replica of the fire back that was guessed to have been original to the inn, with guided tours of the Van Campen Inn itself.
Welcome to Walpack, New Jersey
Wallpack Township is the Oldest Municipality in Sussex County.
Walpack Township, formed in 1731 out of Hunterdon County, included the present townships of Montaque, Sandyston and the former Pahaquarry.
The Delaware River forms the western boundary and the Old Mine Road, supposedly built by Dutch miners before 1664, traverses the township.
Anna Symmes, Mother-in-law of President William Henry Harrison, is buried in the Old Shapanack cemetery.
In 1757 Jonathan Hampton constructed the Military Supply Road part of which went through the village of Walpack, in order to connect Elizabethtown and Morristown to Fort Shapanack. This road carried the needed supplies to the area during the French and Indian War.
Van Campen Inn
Originally built as a farm house, this building was designated a "Yaugh" house during Colonial times when it became common practice to offer homes as shelter for travelers. The farm was considered a self-sufficient plantation with animals and a blacksmith shop. The flood plain, between the house and river, provided rich land for farming. Slaves were kept by the various owners to help with the work.
The original section, built before 1750, was removed in 1917. In 1984 due to structural problems, the National Park Service did extensive stabilization and restoration to the building.
The area played an important part during the French and Indian War and during the American Revolution. Referred to by General George Washington as the frontier, the area supported a series of block houses and forts to protect the citizens against Indian attack. Located nearby is the site of Fort Shapanack.
Google Map to find the Van Campen Inn