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Looking Back

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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 business. By the time he was 35, it had made him a very wealthy man, enabling him to retire at the age of 41. From that time on, his life was devoted to living well and serving his community. He served a term as mayor of New York City, was keenly interested in politics, literature, music, art, the theatre, fishing and travel. A keen observer, he kept a diary from 1828 to shortly before his death in 1851, which is considered by historians as perhaps the finest chronicle of life in New York in the first half of the 19th century. Philip Hone is best known in this area because the Village of Honesdale was named for him in his role as president of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company.

From the collection of the Wayne County Historical Society. The museum, research library and museum shop are open Friday and Saturday 10 a. m. to 4 p.m.

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