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Fire Destroys Historic House

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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On Monday, March 12th, a fire destroyed the James Van Campen House (more recently known as the Miller Farmhouse) on Old Mine Road on the New Jersey side of the park. The fire was reported to the park’s 24-hour emergency communications center at 4:38 a.m. on Monday morning by an individual driving on River Road in Pennsylvania who could see something burning across the river on the New Jersey side. Within five minutes, a second phone call was made to confirm that a building was on fire. Firefighters from the Knowlton, Blairstown and Portland fire departments and from the National Park Service responded. By the time they arrived, though, the house had burned completely. The building was vacant at the time of the fire. James Van Campen built the original portion of the two-story, frame house in 1812 on property he inherited from his father, Abraham Van Campen. The house was typical of the early, rural farmhouses in the area and had local, historic significance as part of the Old Mine Road Historic District. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but is under investigation by the National Park Service. Anyone with information that may aid with the investigation is asked to call the park’s emergency communications center at 1-800-543-4295. 


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