Looking Back 11/8/18

The Elisha P. Strong mansion in Starrucca, PA, shown here during restoration, is one of the most elegant homes in Wayne County, and its owner was one of the most influential men in the county’s history.

Strong was born in Greene County, NY, where his father was a prosperous tanner and lumberman. After a stay in Sullivan County, NY and a term in the New York State Legislature, he moved once again—to operate a large tannery in Starrucca. Strong had been a member of a New York militia regiment, and thereafter was known as Major Strong. In 1852, he purchased an interest in the tannery at Starrucca and in 1862 moved his family there. Major Strong ran twice, unsuccessfully, for Congress in New York State and was elected associate judge of Wayne County from 1884 to 1890. During his long business career, Major Strong was noted for his honesty and kindness. In addition to his magnificent home, Strong was a major contributor to the construction of the Starrucca Methodist and Catholic churches.

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


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