Getting food and necessities for living was quite challenging in Lumberland’s early days. Needed items were purchased from the Village of Newburgh—about sixty miles from Lumberland. The round trip on the Newburgh-Cochecton Turnpike took a week.
Farm produce, cattle, and wood products were transported from Newburgh west on the Turnpike. Items the settlers wanted to sell were sent to Newburgh, and from there, transported by boat to New York City, another 65 miles away.
A bit later, but still early on, food and dry goods came from Carpenter’s Point (Port Jervis, roughly 20 miles away). At Carpenter’s Point, grain could also be ground into flour. In the winter, when the Delaware River was frozen, goods were hauled on the ice from Carpenter’s Point to Lumberland.