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After a devastating flood swept through Wayne County on May 21 and 22, 1942, the two main bridges leading into Honesdale had been destroyed. As a result, the borough was isolated, reachable only by … 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
The Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Canal Company’s Canal and Gravity Railroad closed forever in 1898 after 90 years of hauling people, coal and other goods between Carbondale, PA and Kingston, … more
Orson, originally Hine’s Corners, is located in the southwestern corner of Preston Township on the northern border of the elevation known as Sugar Loaf Mountain. The pioneer family for which … more
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Schools are finally letting out for summer vacation across New York State. Centuries ago, however, schools looked very different. In fact, New York did not even organize a formal education system … more
Preston Township was established in 1828 from parts of Scott and Mount Pleasant townships, and was named in honor of Samuel Preston, founder of Stockport on the Delaware and first judge of Wayne … more
The River Reporter received an email from Bill Davis, a man from Georgia who made an interesting discovery while cleaning out the basement of his wife’s house: a small box containing several … 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
Despite the protests of fiscally concerned citizens, in 1876 the Wayne County commissioners proceeded to tear down the old 1840s courthouse to build a new one. The anti-courthouse group held court … more
Construction of the new Wayne County Courthouse began quickly. By the end of 1876, the foundation was complete and $30,000 had been spent. At this point, opposition to the new courthouse threatened … more
There are two species of poisonous snakes in the Catskills: the northern copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. During this season, these snakes are coming out of hibernation. Timber rattlesnakes … more
To the dismay of the citizens of Bethany, the original county seat, Honesdale became the county seat of Wayne County in 1841. By 1843, a new courthouse had been built in the borough. However, within … more
Wild leeks, or ramps, are a forager’s delicacy in Upstate New York, and spring is the prime season for these onion-like bulbs. Ramps are most commonly found in the moist woodlands of the … 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
Earth Day 2019 is April 22. Whether you plan to participate in a community-wide litter pluck or simply implement using a reusable water bottle in place of a plastic one, it is a day to honor and … more
Although Philip Hone became a symbol of upper class New York City, his life began in 1780 as the younger son of a poor carpenter. At the age of 16, he joined his brother’s auctioneering … more
Federal fishing regulations have existed since the 1800s, and unofficial protections date back even further to the Colonial Era, when European settlers set catch limits and gear limits for spawning … more
Salem Township was formed in 1808 from one of the original townships of Wayne County, Canaan. The area was almost completely covered by valuable forests and an impenetrable undergrowth of … more
Today, we have rewards cards and online point-systems when we shop, but in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, stores used trading stamps as an incentive to become a repeat customer. These … more
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