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The fate of drowned Wilsonville revealed at next ‘Plain Speaking’

August 2, 2012

HONESDALE, PA — In the next installment of the Wayne County Historical Society’s “Plain Speaking” series, Jon Tandy will give a presentation on Wilsonville, once the county seat, which disappeared when Pennsylvania Power and Light Company built Lake Wallenpaupack.

What remains of Wilsonville are photographs, a few maps and some urban legends. For nearly 90 years no one has seen Wilsonville. Thanks to Tafton Fire Company’s side-scan sonar, Wilsonville can be seen again today. Side-scan sonar uses sound waves to “paint” an image of the bottom in surprising detail, covering more area than any underwater photograph.

Tandy is the sonar operator for Tafton Fire Company. He will present historic photographs and modern imagery to answer some common questions, such as: Is there a church steeple under the lake? Can you hear the bell ring at low water? Are there still buildings under the lake?

The “Plain Speaking” programs are free and take place in the Wayne County Historical Society’s Multi-Purpose Room at 810 Main St. Email wchspa@ptd.net or call 570/253-324.