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A Room with a View

…The great outdoors

Part of ECCE’s appeal is its dramatic setting and easy access to outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, biking and skiing. ”It’s a great Audubon site for people.” said Rosenblatt. Last Jan­uary, they watched three eagles mature and then depart the region. More common sighting include scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and waxwings. ‘There are all sorts of woodland creatures living nearby, including deer, fox, coyotes, raccoons, black bear and. of course. an army of chattering squirrels and chipmunks.

The rocks themselves hold stories. Before the Fischers built their vacation house on the bluff, the rock outcropping were visited by guests stay­ing at Maple Grove Farm, a popular vacation spot just down the road. As the spirit moved them, they would visit the area to carve their initials into the stone. “It was a sort of lover’s lane,” said Rosenblatt. Wind and rain have done their work and most of the initial are eroded away, but it has become a pastime at ECCE to find the oldest date carved in the rock. The oldest one so far dates back to 1923.

Living in a home richly textured with historic memories has rubbed off on the new hosts. “Our legacy is to make this a place people will remem­ber.” said Rosenblatt, “something that will carry on in family photo albums, something that will hope­fully carry on beyond us.”

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ECCE-Dawn-2007
Dawn breaking over the Delaware River Highlands.

 

winter view downriver
Looking down river on a bright winter’s day.