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STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUNMORE THROOP

Since my retirement from the Yard, I've been able to spend much more time on this side of the pond. Every visit to the colonies includes a bit of travel along the shores of the Delaware River. The cities, towns and villages located on either side of this natural boundary have always played a major role in that saga known as the American experiment, and the stretch from Trenton, New Jersey north to the city of Easton, Pennsylvania has long found favor with my eastern itinerary.


The Delaware River from The Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy, PA as seen in American Public House Review
THE DELAWARE RIVER FROM THE INDIAN ROCK INN


This particular jaunt delivers me to the INDIAN ROCK INN, a small inn and tavern situated on the bank of the William Penn side of the river. I'm delighted to discover that the sole function of this establishment has been to provide hospitality and comfort to coachmen and their passengers since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Only a handful of brick and mortar structures in America can boast of such an adherence to their original purpose. Most historic buildings have become gift shops or the abode of gentry.


The Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy, PA as seen from American Public House Review


Tom, the amicable host and owner invites me to join him for a wee dram or two of scotch whisky on the front porch. The setting transports me back to a time when former loyalists and retired colonial malcontents, awaiting the carriage from Philadelphia, hoisted tankards of ale while arguing the merits of revolution. Between the building and the river lie the broken walls of a canal hand dug by Irish immigrants during the early 1800s. Recent floods have allowed nature to reclaim this once thriving passage of commerce. I ponder the immense amount of history that has been captured on this small slice of land and water.


 Bicyclist along the Delaware River in front of The Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy, PA as seen in American Public House Review
THE INDIAN ROCK INN'S RELAXING SETTING


The sign at The Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy, PA as seen in American Public House Review
A SUMPTUOUS BLEND OF THE OLD AND NEW









As the evening chill settles in, I retreat to the warmth of the bar. It's a welcoming room fitted with the handiwork of the innkeeper, who in a previous incarnation was a talented cabinet maker. the decor, largely the work of the inn's chef, strikes a perfect balance between utility, elegance and whimsy.


The fireplace at the Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy, PA as seen in American Public House Review
A WARM AND WELCOMING AMBIENCE


I'm particularly amused by the unusual collection of cocktail shakers shelved behind the bar. These vessels of stainless steel, nickel plate, and silver have been the source of good drink and great theater for over a century. Like a sideshow juggler, many a barkeep owes the productivity of the purse to their ability to master these tools of the trade.
 

Cocktail shakers at the Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy, PA as seen in American Public House Review
THIS COCK CROWS AT COCKTAIL TIME


One particular polished bird catches my eye. The rooster, or "cock of the walk," a common symbol of English hospitality is most likely a product of The International Silver Company. Shortly after the First World War, this silversmith produced a line of shakers in shapes that included, along with the aforementioned fowl, penguins, airplanes, and zeppelins. This bit of nostalgia triggers an olfactory memory; the essence of the Juniper Berry tickles my nostrils. I request a gin martini, shaken, not stirred, before retiring to the comfort of my room to rest and make ready for the next day's adventure.


The dining room at The Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy, PA as seen in American PUblic House Review
ELEGANTLY CASUAL


THE INDIAN ROCK INN

  River Road
Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania
18972

610-982-9600
877-888-7555


www.indianrockinn.com


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