NE Pennsylvania Weekend Vacation: Day 2 – Clinton, NJ
Since Tuesday, I have been sharing with you photographs and details of our vacation in NE Pennsylvania. In addition to seeing three waterfalls in the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area on Day 2 of our vacation, our NE Pennsylvania vacation took us into New Jersey. We drove to Clinton, NJ where we toured a historic mill, visited a state park and ate dinner with friends.
I had visited Clinton one time before. My first visit to Clinton was on March 17, 1987. I was living in Tinton Falls, NJ at the time. I stopped in Clinton en route Phillipsburg, NJ to visit a friend, who had recently given birth to a son. During that brief stop, I took one photograph — Clinton’s Red Mill.
The Red Mill (March 1987)
Twenty-six years later, I took another photograph of The Red Mill … and a lot more!
During our visit to Clinton this past Saturday, we went on a self-guided tour of The Red Mill Museum Village. Before touring The Red Mill we explored the buildings of the Mulligan Limestone Quarry and other buildings moved to the grounds.
Limestone rocks were sorted, by size, in the Screen House. The limestone that was crushed was used to bed railroads and paved roads. The Lime Kilns were used to burn limestone to make fertilizer.
Today the tenant house displays a general store, post office and a c. 1900 kitchen.
One-Room Schoolhouse, c. 1860
Log Cabin, replica 1976
We toured all four floors of The Red Mill.
The Red Mill houses a large collection of artifacts. Each floor tells a small part of the history of the building.
The Red Mill was originally built as a woolen mill. It was later used to process grains, produce peach baskets, talc and graphite. The Red Mill generated electricity and pumped water for the town.
After touring The Red Mill, we crossed over the Lowthorp Truss Bridge
to the Main Street shopping area.
We did some window shopping, listened to a musical quartet playing in an alley way (very good!), and ate lunch at the Towne Restaurant.
We had a few hours to kill before meeting our friends for dinner at the Clinton Station Diner, so we drove around looking for a park to visit. We found the Round Valley Recreation Area.
The reason that we spent the past weekend in Stroudsburg, PA was so Bob could meet up and ride with a fellow Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) member from New Zealand, who was visiting this part of the USA. The NE Pennsylvania VROC group put together the ride and dinner. Dinner was at 6:00 PM at the Clinton Station Diner. Nine of us enjoyed dinner and conversation. We made new friends. It was a great night! The ride took place on Sunday. The meet-up place was Triplets Family Restaurant in Stroudsburg, where those riding ate breakfast. I stayed behind. I would not have enjoyed the ride, as it was a very cold ride. In fact the guys cut the ride short because it was so cold. It was well worth making the trip to NE Pennsylvania. We enjoyed seeing the waterfalls and the sights of Clinton, NJ. It was great to meet up with some of the riders from the NE Pennsylvania VROC group, as well as meet the rider from New Zealand. What a great weekend we had!
This concludes my blogs posts about our weekend vacation in NE Pennsylvania.