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Carl Prosch, a native of Vienna, Austria, trained in the celebrated art schools of both Austria and New York and was brought to Wayne County by Christian Dorflinger to manage the new Honesdale … 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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
William Hicks Hoyle was born in 1823 in Cornwall, England, to Arthur Walker Hoyle and his wife Margaret Hicks. He came to America as a boy and by 1850 was living in Texas Township with his parents … 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
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
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
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
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
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