Take a journey through time and relive the history of Delaware Water Gap at the Antoine Dutot Museum & Gallery. Discover why this small mountain community became the second-largest inland resort town in the United States during the late 19th century.
The museum is in an old school house(circa 1850) and is named after Antoine Dutot. He founded the town in 1793, and built its first resort. Dutot deeded the land on which the building is located to the citizens of Dutotsburg (later to be chartered as the Borough of Delaware Water Gap). The school bell in the cupola was purchased by Dutot and is a replica of the Liberty Bell.
Among the fascinating exhibits are resort artifacts, Indian relics, Kentucky rifles, a drum from the war of 1812, and land deeds dating back to 1745. Displays include pictures of famous visitors such as Teddy Roosevelt and Fred Astaire. Sit in a 1930s era classroom and watch a short film on the history of the town.
Downstairs is one of the favorite art galleries in the Poconos with rotating exhibits of regional artists. A separate building has a restored 1926 American LaFrance fire engine, antique horse drawn sleighs, and farm implements.