PORT JERVIS—It was one of those perfect summer evenings, when the breeze mingles with the scents of warmed flowers and grass, and the sun is angled low painting the sides of buildings with a soft glow. The historic Erie Hotel and Restaurant in Port Jervis was an inviting old girl, welcoming travelers of the Historic Tavern Trail of Orange County for a casual discussion on local history.
The hotel was bustling at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, with the antique bar crowded with end of day drinkers and chatting faces, while restaurant tables were quickly filling up. The Erie Hotel was built in 1880, when Port Jervis was a railway and industrial hub.
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