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Looking Back 9/13/18

The Greek Revival-style headquarters of the Equinunk Historical Society was constructed by Rev. Alexander Calder, an itinerant Methodist minister, for his family home (ca. 1850) to replace an earlier home that had burned. Even earlier, a log cabin in the vicinity was home for the family. The property is part of Equinunk Manor, deeded by John and William Penn to Samuel Preston in 1812.

The exterior of the house is largely original, with the addition of a summer kitchen as an ell sometime later. The Calder family accommodated raftsmen from the nearby Delaware River as overnight guests. In 1889, the home ( was made into a two-family house under the ownership of H. N. Farley. From 1919 until 1941 it was a boarding house, and then a barber shop and beauty parlor. Acquired by the Equinunk Historical Society in 1983 from Christine Hessberger and recently enlarged, the building now houses exhibits on local history and a research library.

From the collection of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. The WCHS 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. Sunday until Columbus Day.


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