This is what the top of Mt Peter
used to look like. At various times it was also called Point
This is an old postcard photo
from the early 1900's
From the Bellvale Rising Star" The arrival of a number
of guests has necessitated the opening of the Point Peter
House one month earlier than last season(July 15,1889)
"Making Hay While the Sun
This postcard is of the original Mt. Peter House at the
top of the mountain. It was operated by Michael Batz at
the turn of the century. This is not the same building as
in the above postcard. This was on the left side of the
road if you are going from Greenwood Lake to Warwick. The
above house was on the right side of the road. The building
burned down and no longer exists. Thank you to the Batz
family for the postcard!
Above is another view of the
Mt. Peter House. If you look carefully in the center you
can see the image of the Point Peter House in the background
(the white building).
The following description is from the Bellvale Rising Star
"The roadway up and over the Bellvale mountain to Greenwood
Lake, now being so much used, is in excellent condition
for the summer travel, and the huckster's wagons are already
making things lively for the patronage of the residents
around the Lake" and in anotherparagraph: "The
roadway, up and over the mountain begins to be illuminated
with the best rigs of the Orange County young man, with
his best girl dressed in her new spring suit; and as we
rustic wayfarers look on and enjoy the pageant, we conclude
there is some of the country folks that don't intend to
take a "back seat" on style. Some of these couples
look "just too lovely for anything".
An early view of Greenwood Lake from Mt. Peter
The above postcard made my husband and me so curious about
where this rock was and the real size of it. We looked everytime
we drove over the mountain but had no luck all summer. One
day in December(no leaves on trees!) my husband came home
from work all excited and said he thought he had found it(not
that a rock that size could easily be missed) That weekend
we went for a short hike and sure enough we found it. There
is no mistaking it-even the white striations are still there.
The Hanging Rock on the road to Mt. Peter-see if you can
find it next time you drive over the mountain! Let me know
if you find it! email
Roger Gavan wrote in and sent
this photo to show he and his wife Terry had found the rock.
Good work - Thanks for the photo!