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This early photo of the Delaware & Hudson Canal near Tryon Street in Honesdale demonstrates why it took seven to 10 days for a boat to travel to Rondout (Kingston) on the Hudson River after being … more
In 1846, Jacob Faatz, a member of the pioneer glassmaking family in Wayne County, founded The Tracyville Glass Works alongside the Delaware & Hudson Canal about two miles east of Honesdale (now … more
David Wilmot was born January 20, 1814 in Bethany, Wayne County, but moved to Wilkes-Barre in 1832 to read law under George W. Woodward. He was admitted to the bar in Bradford County in 1834. He was … more
Dated April 1919, this picture of Peggy Runway Falls in Narrowsburg, NY is an example of the runways used during the old days of logging, to shoot logs down to the river in order to raft them on the … more
Baseball season is nearing the halfway point, with the Major League All-Star Game coming up on July 17. But before the days of designated hitters, pitch counts and multi-million dollar contracts, … more
The cost in 1913 of this unique artifact was $25.35. The cut-glass, regulation-size baseball bat was inspired by the 1913 World Series, which starred two local men—Christy Mathewson of … more
In Europe and Latin America, paternal figures are honored in March on St. Joseph’s Day. In the United States, the third Sunday of June is universally acknowledged as Father’s Day. One … more
In 1798, five townships—Buckingham, Canaan, Damascus, Mount Pleasant and Palmyra—became the new Wayne County. Salem Township was formed from Canaan, and Sterling township was split off … more
The Jericho post office in Buckingham Township was moved in 1860 to Lake Como, known for many years as Six Mile Lake. A large tannery was established there in 1859 by Leonard A. Allison, John … more
Gouldsboro, in Lehigh Township, Wayne County, was named for Jay Gould, infamous “robber baron” of the 19th century. Until the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad opened up the … more
The happy honeymooners could not know what lay ahead, but they had already committed to a life in the military. On November 6, 1923, The Scranton Republican announced that at “high noon Tuesday … more
Cochecton Papers I was published July 1977 to commemorate the town of Cochecton’s past and to remind us of a promising future. Lillian Krauss chaired the Cochecton Bicentennial Committee. … more
St. Patrick’s Day is nearing, and our local church community has a personal connection to the saint, as he is the namesake for the Catholic church in Long Eddy. Prior to the church’s … more
With the Delaware River running along the border of many local towns, eel fishing has been an asset to the community’s economy for centuries. Back in the 1600s, when the Plymouth colonists made … more
Thomas J. Ham was born in Honesdale, PA in 1837, five years after his parents immigrated from Cornwall. Following an education in local schools and the Wyoming Seminary and a one-year stint as a … more
The only Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad depot left in Wayne County today houses the Waymart Area Historical Society. The exact age of the building is not known, but it is shown on an 1860 … more
The Delaware & Hudson Coal Company Gravity Railroad, opened in 1828 between Carbondale and Honesdale, was designed as a companion to the D&H Canal, which ran from Honesdale to Rondout … more
The year is 1908 and the photograph shows one form of transportation used by tourists. Gus Merkenschlager’s Liver” was a taxi service for train passengers arriving at the Erie Depot in … more
Giles Greene was born in 1823, one of 12 children and a descendant of General Nathaniel Greene of Revolutionary War fame. The children were put to work at an early age, and Giles only attended school … more
This photograph from the January 25, 2001 issue of The River Reporter shows celebrants at the 60th annual Mistletoe Ball, organized by the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at The Waterfront at … more
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