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Fifty to 100 million dead. Many were young adults.  That was the Spanish flu, now known as the H1N1 flu, which raged worldwide between 1918 and 1920. The CDC estimates that one-third of the … more
The Delaware and Hudson Canal (D&H) began its course to the Hudson River in Honesdale at a point behind the present-day Wayne County Historical Society, which was once the headquarters of the … more
For all that it’s winter, there isn’t a lot of ice at the moment.  I’m trying to remember the last time the Delaware fully froze and stayed frozen at all for more than a week, … more
From the files of the Wayne County Historical Society more
Once a year in the 1940s, Anna Cooper sat on a front porch in Pea Brook, NY and counted cars.  This was Car-Census Day, reported Ruthanne Nevin in The Echo (the Basket Historical … more
Prior to the closing of the Delaware & Hudson Canal and Gravity Railroad in 1898, the only passenger service into the borough was via the Gravity, with Erie trains stopping at Tracyville a mile … more
The construction of the Delaware & Hudson Canal brought many laborers, management and entrepreneurs to the new town of Honesdale. It was being carved out of the laurel swamp at the confluence of … more
A very dapper Jim Purcell is pictured here, all decked out for the Narrowsburg, NY centennial in July 1953. Jim was sporting a beard, because one of the centennial events was a contest to see who … more
When Wayne County was established in 1798, the Pennsylvania Legislature designated Milford as the county seat. Citizens of the northern part of the new county were seriously dissatisfied, and on … more
The Wayne County Historical Society has long treasured this photo of the members of Wayne County’s Last Man’s Club. After World War I, it was very common practice for a group of surviving … more
This map of Honesdale from 1851 is valuable not only for its basic information on street names and homeowners but also for its drawings of important buildings, most of which disappeared many years … more
One of the attractions that is making White Mills a tourist destination, the Dorflinger Glassworker’s House on Charles Street, was restored in 2001 by Dr. Walter Barbe and is open on several … more
Joel G. Hill was born in Otsego County, NY in 1845 and moved with his parents three years later to Equinunk, Wayne County. In 1863, like many of his neighbors, he enlisted in a New York regiment. He … more
William Howell Foster was the son of Isaac P. Foster, Honesdale pioneer and business partner of Jason Torrey. Foster and Torrey built and opened the first general store and were involved in virtually … more
At one time, a tannery was located here. The dam was built to provide the vast amounts of water needed both for water power and the large cauldrons used to boil the hemlock bark to make the tannic … more
Elihu Tallman, a Massachusetts native born in 1780, was a large landholder in Northern Wayne County. Around 1800, he settled at the site of Pleasant Mount. After buying a series of properties, in … more
In the 1800s, ferry boats were one of the ways to cross the Delaware River. Shown here is one such ferry crossing the river at Hankins, NY. The Kellams, first Jacob, and then his son, William, … more
John and Judy Pavese, one-time owners of the Narrowsburg Inn, donated logs that were assembled into a raft on the morning of August 17, 1976 by several Narrowsburg residents: Jay Laria, Tom Wolfe, … more
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
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