It’s a rock…you’re coming up from Jersey, you ask a feller at a gas station in Vernon, NJ where’s Warwick. He tells ya, go right up Rte. 94, you’ll cross the state line, go past a few fallow farms and some houses, no turns, bingo you’re in downtown Warwick. That’s our southern greenway entrance to Warwick.
Or, the guy could have said, go up Rte. 94 , turn left on County 1, go up a half mile, turn left on West St.
The tourist might ask, what’s up there and you tell them, well, go left for a half mile, there’s a church and a couple of schools and the end of West St. Well, what if I go right? The guys says, you’ll pass a couple of farms growing feed corn and hay then about three-quarter of a mile of closely built new and older homes…Oops, I forgot, interesting thing, just before you start to pass the homes, you’ll pass a large rock on the right hand side. It’s been there since the end of the last ice age.
The tourist might ask, anything of interest on West St., if he’s up to date, he would reply just of bunch of signs protesting some local business man trying to improve his business’, there ya go, no greenway into Warwick, just a local crowded street with homes jammed next to each other. Nothing like coming into Warwick from Florida, Vernon, Greenwood Lake, according to some historical records, the settlers arrived in the Warwick Valley in the early 1700s, some 100 years after the first colony was founded in Virginia.
I read someplace where that family may have been the Wisner’s. I can’t see them looking for that rock to enter Warwick, they came and others followed, and they cleared the fields, built roads and churches and businesses. They housed the Revolutionary Army, they fought in the Civil War. They sent our military all over the world fighting in our countries wars. I never read a thing about this rock on a short-congested side road in Warwick, NY.
This entire area was involved in the building of this nation. never heard about the rock nor even saw it until Warwick was looking for a site to build the new library a few years ago. Now, we must preserve a rock that has kept eight acres of farmland fallow for over 200 years and put a plaque on it stating “This is a rock-part of Warwick’s, Greenway Entrance For 10,000 Years.”
We first saw Warwick in 1964 or so. We were driving home from the Poconos, saw the sign for Rte. 94 and said, let’s look. I guess we missed the sign for the rock on some side road just before we passed the golf course and stopped off at Opper’s Rexall for a snack.
Let’s compromise! Place a big brass plaque on the rock listing the names of all of Warwick’s first families over the past 200 years who never gave the rock a second thought.
To my mind, that rock had nothing to do with attracting businesses, new residents, or tourists to Warwick. It is just a rock. Might look nice in the spring when the sun catches the ice and snow melting off it. Recently, on Channel 12, they showcased local expensive homes. A while back, they showed a home built on an island designed around a boulder on that island. The architecture was magnificent. The home/island was valued over three million dollars. Warwick, the inn builder can have their cake and eat it…looks like a plan.
If our town government and Chambers of Commerce continue to advertise to draw tourists, new businesses, new residents to Warwick, we will need transient accommodations. The rock serves absolutely no purpose as a tourist attraction. It has sat there quietly since that last ice age and the beginning of global warming over 10,000 years. Leave it alone. Please.
By the way, I went to this site http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/Factsandhistory/History/Shorthistory.htm. “A Short History of the Warwick Valley Extracted from Dr. Richard Hull’s History of Warwick and Other Local History Sources”
Did a serious search of this scholarly work and could not find a mention of “The Pulpit Rock”…Hmmmm.