Port Jervis may be best known as the home of Stephen Crane, who as a boy sat at the base of the town’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument and heard stories from soldiers of the Union Army’s 124th NY Regiment, also known as the Orange Blossoms. He later used those tales as the basis for his Civil War classic, The Red Badge of Courage. Today, Port Jervis, which calls itself “The Queen of the Shawangunks,” is noted for its rural beauty. The “Hawk’s Nest” section of Route 97, along the Delaware River, is a popular canoeing, rafting and fishing spot. It’s also home to many American Bald Eagles, which draw bird fanciers by the score. And Port Jervis is a stop on the New Jersey Transit and Metro North Lines, making it easy to reach New York City.