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All week I’ve been fixated on images of peaceful protest met by tear gas, diminished by riot. Some images are current, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. Other images are memory. I … more
CALLICOON, NY — “A Peaceful Gathering To Show Support And Solidarity, Sunday, June 7th at 2pm.” Surprise is what I felt after I saw this flyer on the Facebook group page Living in … more
Drive-in movies. The milkman. Grocery delivery. Okay, the first two just sound nostalgic, and the third sounds like lockdown. But they are all elements of the past that might … more
A very long time ago, in fact many thousands of years before the introduction of brown and rainbow trout to the fabled rivers of the Catskill Mountains, brook trout were the only native species of … more
This time of year, late at night, walking the dog through the Flats, the bare trees allow a view of town that’s normally not possible. There’s time to notice the bend of the river. The … more
For centuries, history relied on the oral art of storytelling to pass the tales of ole through generations. Although the stories get watered down through the years; they become embellished with feats … more
The Hawley Glass Company was formed in 1882 as a limited partnership led by William F. Dorflinger, the oldest son of Christian Dorflinger, and a group of Wayne County “movers and … more
Fifty to 100 million dead. Many were young adults.  That was the Spanish flu, now known as the H1N1 flu, which raged worldwide between 1918 and 1920. The CDC estimates that one-third of the … more
The Delaware and Hudson Canal (D&H) began its course to the Hudson River in Honesdale at a point behind the present-day Wayne County Historical Society, which was once the headquarters of the … more
For all that it’s winter, there isn’t a lot of ice at the moment.  I’m trying to remember the last time the Delaware fully froze and stayed frozen at all for more than a week, … more
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The idea of giving thoughtfully often breaks down when it comes to kids. Don’t they need the latest, shiniest, whatsit?  It doesn’t take much, Wayne County children’s … 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
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
HONESDALE, PA — Oral histories are artifacts of the human experience. In its collection, the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) has roughly 100 cassette tapes of oral histories, taken by … 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
In the 19th and early 20th century, like now, people got sick. Like now, sometimes they died. But this was before antibiotics, before most vaccines, and those deaths were often from conditions that would now be preventable, curable, or at least treatable. 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
COCHECTON, NY — Did you know that there were once 17 newspapers in Sullivan County? Did you know that the Sullivan West Central School District was once comprised of more than 10 one-room … more
The Wayne County Historial Society has multiple cassette tapes containing valuable oral histories that have never been written down. We can fix that—and we can do it in one night. more
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