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Prior to the closing of the Delaware & Hudson Canal and Gravity Railroad in 1898, the only passenger service into the borough was via the Gravity, with Erie trains stopping at Tracyville a mile … more
The construction of the Delaware & Hudson Canal brought many laborers, management and entrepreneurs to the new town of Honesdale. It was being carved out of the laurel swamp at the confluence of … more
A very dapper Jim Purcell is pictured here, all decked out for the Narrowsburg, NY centennial in July 1953. Jim was sporting a beard, because one of the centennial events was a contest to see who … more
When Wayne County was established in 1798, the Pennsylvania Legislature designated Milford as the county seat. Citizens of the northern part of the new county were seriously dissatisfied, and on … more
The Wayne County Historical Society has long treasured this photo of the members of Wayne County’s Last Man’s Club. After World War I, it was very common practice for a group of surviving … more
This map of Honesdale from 1851 is valuable not only for its basic information on street names and homeowners but also for its drawings of important buildings, most of which disappeared many years … more
One of the attractions that is making White Mills a tourist destination, the Dorflinger Glassworker’s House on Charles Street, was restored in 2001 by Dr. Walter Barbe and is open on several … more
Joel G. Hill was born in Otsego County, NY in 1845 and moved with his parents three years later to Equinunk, Wayne County. In 1863, like many of his neighbors, he enlisted in a New York regiment. He … more
William Howell Foster was the son of Isaac P. Foster, Honesdale pioneer and business partner of Jason Torrey. Foster and Torrey built and opened the first general store and were involved in virtually … more
At one time, a tannery was located here. The dam was built to provide the vast amounts of water needed both for water power and the large cauldrons used to boil the hemlock bark to make the tannic … more
Elihu Tallman, a Massachusetts native born in 1780, was a large landholder in Northern Wayne County. Around 1800, he settled at the site of Pleasant Mount. After buying a series of properties, in … more
In the 1800s, ferry boats were one of the ways to cross the Delaware River. Shown here is one such ferry crossing the river at Hankins, NY. The Kellams, first Jacob, and then his son, William, … more
John and Judy Pavese, one-time owners of the Narrowsburg Inn, donated logs that were assembled into a raft on the morning of August 17, 1976 by several Narrowsburg residents: Jay Laria, Tom Wolfe, … more
After a devastating flood swept through Wayne County on May 21 and 22, 1942, the two main bridges leading into Honesdale had been destroyed. As a result, the borough was isolated, reachable only by … more
Dated April 1919, this picture of Peggy Runway Falls in Narrowsburg, NY is an example of the runways used during the old days of logging, to shoot logs down to the river in order to raft them on the … more
The Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Canal Company’s Canal and Gravity Railroad closed forever in 1898 after 90 years of hauling people, coal and other goods between Carbondale, PA and Kingston, … more
Orson, originally Hine’s Corners, is located in the southwestern corner of Preston Township on the northern border of the elevation known as Sugar Loaf Mountain. The pioneer family for which … more
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Schools are finally letting out for summer vacation across New York State. Centuries ago, however, schools looked very different. In fact, New York did not even organize a formal education system … more
Preston Township was established in 1828 from parts of Scott and Mount Pleasant townships, and was named in honor of Samuel Preston, founder of Stockport on the Delaware and first judge of Wayne … more
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