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Looking Back 8/31

Once called Salem Corners, then Hamlinton, the bustling town of Hamlin is still the hub of the Salem Township community. The first frame house in the town was built two miles west of the Corners by Harris Hamlin, a brick maker, in 1802. Hon. Ephraim W. Hamlin of Bethany and Judge Butler Hamlin were two of his children. Historian Rhamanthus Stocker wrote that nearly all the early settlers of Salem Township were Revolutionary veterans, which made the town feel thoroughly “New England.”

Salem Township was set off from Canaan Township in 1808 and later lost present-day Sterling and Lake townships. The stone house on the right in the photo was built in the mid-1800s by J. W. Morgan. The view is looking north on Route 191. The donor of the photo noted that the house had the first indoor running water from tanks in the attic. The plumbing was lead, which was removed to make bullets for the Union’s Civil War effort.

From the collection of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale, PA. The museum and research library are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and museum only 12 noon to 4 p.m. on  Sunday.

 

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