Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society

Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society Founded in 1997, PJHS is dedicated to preserving the historical significance and educating current citizens about Pocono and Jackson Townships of Pennsylvania.
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Operating as usual

Old Photographs
10/19/2020

Old Photographs

Your 1906 kitchen (and coffee grinder).

Following advice to avoid indoor gatherings of 25 people or more resulted in the cancellation of all PJHS member meeting...
10/16/2020

Following advice to avoid indoor gatherings of 25 people or more resulted in the cancellation of all PJHS member meetings at the Heritage Center, Tannersville, this year. That much of a turn-out, though, has never happened at "open houses". Therefore, that show has gone on at the Jackson Corners one-room school monthly since June. The fifth - and final - such affair of 2020 is scheduled beginning at 1PM, Saturday, October 17th, at 234 Miller Road, next to St. Mark's Church, Appenzell. The first part of the "double feature" is an "open house" at the Learn Legacy Room, at the entrance to Mountain View Park, Sullivan Trail, Tannersville, from 10AM to Noon. A description of some of the local memorabilia in the room is intended to appeal to your appreciation of the history of the area. There is no charge for either of these two "open houses" and there is plenty of free parking. Staff from Pocono-Jackson Historical Society will be on hand adhering to CDC recommendations and it is asked that visitors do, too.

Who are these people and where are their descendants?Do you know YOUR family tree?  Who you came from and where they cam...
09/27/2020

Who are these people and where are their descendants?
Do you know YOUR family tree? Who you came from and where they came from? It can be a fascinating rabbit hole to go down! Two people are looking for information about their forefathers.
If anyone has knowledge of early Pocono Manor residents and cottage owners, we are looking for Samuel and Rebekah Bucknell.
Also searching for info on Harrison Sebring and Sarah Brink (born in the 1820's on Cherry Lane Road).
Please comment with your own genealogy stories or if you can help with information on the above names!

Monroe County Historical Association
09/24/2020

Monroe County Historical Association

In this c.1910 postcard from our collection, guests gather outside the Inn-At-The-Forks in Mount Pocono. Built in the mid-1800s, this was one of the earliest hotels in the area then known as Forks because of the major roads that intersected through the village at that time. These roads are now recognizable as the five-point intersection where Routes 611, 940, and 196 meet, and the Inn-At-The-Forks occupied the site where the former Pizza Hut is currently located.

The inn originally served as a stagecoach stop on the Easton-Belmont Turnpike, a route used to transport cattle and sheep from western New York to Easton and Philadelphia. It evolved with the times to later serve tourists in "automobile parties," with its adjacent garage and available automotive supplies. The Inn-At-The-Forks was torn down in 1940. #MountPocono #MonroeCountyPA #StroudMansion

The Jackson Corners one-room school has been refurbished but has undergone no COVID-19 modifications. It can be seen jus...
09/19/2020

The Jackson Corners one-room school has been refurbished but has undergone no COVID-19 modifications. It can be seen just as it was more than 80 years ago during an “open house” from 1 to 4PM, Saturday, September 19, 2020. The school is located at 234 Miller Drive, Appenzell – next to St. Mark’s Church. You’re invited to observe the educational surroundings of the Spanish Flu era, and to weigh the pros and cons of that simpler(?) time. No visitation charge and plenty of free parking. Staff from Pocono-Jackson Historical Society will be on hand as hosts. How many of us could say that we're lookin' this good when we're well over 100 years old?----->

Monroe County Historical Association
08/30/2020

Monroe County Historical Association

On this #ShoutoutSunday we'd like to say a special hello to The Cook's Corner Family Restaurant. The Cook's Corner in Henryville has been a local favorite for delicious homemade meals since 2011, but the history of hospitality on this corner of Route 715 and Cherry Lane Church Drive goes back generations.

Many will still have fond memories of dining here during its time as Hallet's Cozy Corner, but does anyone recognize the even earlier establishment pictured here? This location was previously home to Mrs. Campbell's Tea House, and guests from nearby Meisertown were said to regularly walk over a mile to have tea and sweets with Mrs. Campbell. Mrs. Campbell also took in overnight guests at the tea house, who left their mark by writing their names on the porch posts. #PoconoTownship #MonroeCountyPA

08/27/2020

As a result of flooding August 18, 1955, many bridges (or approaches to them) in Pocono and Jackson Townships (as well as elsewhere in Monroe County) were washed out. In fact, there are those who suggest that "every" and "all" bridges in Monroe County were washed out. But that is being challenged.

What is your stance in this challenge? Wasn't there a "magic route" that enabled those who knew the back roads to get from Swiftwater and Paradise Township to Stroudsburg? Or Scranton to Cresco?

Surely these routes had bridges on them that were usable. What were those routes?

(Even before posting this question, some investigation suggests a route involving Rt. 314 to Summit Road to Sullivan Trail to Rt. 715, then through Reeders to Stadden Rd. to Rt. 611 to Bartonsville Ave. back to Rt. 611 and south into Stroudsburg.)

Any input appreciated regarding this route (or any other) and bridges usable after the flood elsewhere in Monroe County (such as 5th and 7th bridges in Stroudsburg).

Thank you Verdon!!
08/24/2020

Thank you Verdon!!

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of joining members of the Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society in presenting a plaque of appreciation to Verdon Rustine of Reeders.

Verdon has written and edited the society's newsletter for more than 20 years. We thank him for all of his hard work and dedication toward preserving our local history!

08/08/2020
Old Mill at Sciota, PA

Old Mill at Sciota, PA

A look at the history of the Old Mill on Route 209 in Sciota, from its use during the Revolutionary War to its present day historic site in Hamilton Township...

Monroe County Historical Association
08/05/2020
Monroe County Historical Association

Monroe County Historical Association

Sadly, the Old Mill in Sciota suffered severe damage to its foundation during yesterday's heavy flooding. While the current stone structure was built in 1800, the location has been a significant mill site on McMichaels Creek since early in our country’s history and was recently recognized with the Monroe County Historical Association's 2020 Heritage Resource Award. As crews work to save the Old Mill, take a moment to read about its long and interesting history in this article written by our executive director, Amy Leiser, in 2006.

Monroe County Historical Association
08/05/2020

Monroe County Historical Association

On this date in 1910, a tremendous wreck on the #LackawannaRailroad in Analomink occurred. The 62-car freight train became uncontrollable on the descending grade from Cresco. At a sharp curve above the Analomink station, the train separated and 37 cars piled up in the narrow cut before being entirely consumed in flames. The engine and 19 cars rushed onward before leaving the track about a half mile below the station and piling up in a mass of wreckage. Engineer George Coglizer and brakeman W. J. Ryan died at the scene, while flagman Thomas Cannon and fireman William Boerman were badly injured.

In addition to details of the accident and the fate of those onboard, newspapers reported that "the sight of the wreck's destruction spread like wild-fire all about the surrounding country and automobilists came from all directions, as well as men, women, and children afoot and in carriages. It is claimed that over a thousand saw the wreck scene during the day." The terrible wreckage and its curious onlookers can be seen in these photographs from our collection. #trains #MonroeCountyPA #StroudMansion

Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society's cover photo
07/30/2020

Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society's cover photo

07/29/2020
Tannersville Inn

Tannersville Inn

Sadly, the Inn will not be able to reopen its doors to the public. With continuing restrictions limiting capacity including bar service, entertainment, groups and parties for birthdays, showers, rehearsals and more, there is no clear path to the bottom line let alone recover losses suffered to date.
We thank all the patrons and employees who, for decades, made the Inn a "Legendary" place to eat, drink, party or unwind. A truly social place, without distancing...

Appenzell Picnic
07/17/2020

Appenzell Picnic

Here you go !!!

Enjoy these photos of the Glenwood Hall band during a parade in 1910.  The covered bridge in upper Tannersville can be s...
07/04/2020

Enjoy these photos of the Glenwood Hall band during a parade in 1910. The covered bridge in upper Tannersville can be seen in the background.

The Kistlers owned one of the original Tannersville Tanneries.  A well known and well respected family, they also built ...
06/20/2020

The Kistlers owned one of the original Tannersville Tanneries. A well known and well respected family, they also built a similar looking home somewhere else in Monroe County. Who knows where this other Kistler home stood (stands)?

The Pocono-Jackson Historical Society is participating in the limited “re-opening” of Monroe County by staffing an “open...
06/13/2020

The Pocono-Jackson Historical Society is participating in the limited “re-opening” of Monroe County by staffing an “open house” Saturday, June 13th, from 1 to 4PM at the restored Jackson Corners one-room school next to St. Mark’s Church, Miller Road, Appenzell. Taking a brief “step back in time” would be an informative step as circulating increases.

MYSTERY SECT SECRECY!!While preparing for the Pocono Township Bicentennial in 2016, these photos came to light.  In a pa...
06/06/2020

MYSTERY SECT SECRECY!!

While preparing for the Pocono Township Bicentennial in 2016, these photos came to light. In a paper called "Tannersville Traditions and Treasurer" Elizabeth L. Myers wrote "A secret order known as the Mystic Band of Brothers existed for several years but soon passed from existence. The secret order met in the south east corner, third floor of the former Pocono Hotel. The order used a purple band with the letters M. B. of B. embroidered on a purple background. A skeleton which was used by the order eventually became the possession of Harry Werkheiser, the physical education instructor at Pocono Township High School, and he used it in his hygiene classes. It is not known who the skeleton was, although he went by the name of “Charlie” to the school kids."

The existence of the skeleton at Pocono High is well documented, and so the mystery of the mystics seemed to be solved.

UNTIL!!

In her 1979 book "Journey by Lamplight" local author Peggy Bancroft introduces the reader to the 'Swiftwater Monks'. In the late 1800's, the Swiftwater Inn was an early boarding house and inn. Peggy writes: "At Swiftwater Inn, there was, quite naturally, no such pastime as the cocktail hour. If the men who accompanied their families to this vacation spot wished to enjoy a refreshing beverage, custom frowned upon the ladies joining in. The men must seek shelter apart from the gentler sex, entirely to themselves. Under the section of the Inn known most generally as 'Creekside Wing,' there existed the cellar of an old masonry building. It was located at the very edge of the Swiftwater Creek, and was connected to the rock-roofed, massive-walled old springhouse. And so, the story goes, it was to this quite private, secluded and refreshing-cool area that the stags must retreat. Since the ladies were denied entrance, the men were led to call themselves 'monks'. While the men were all of the business world, they were, it must be remembered, on holiday at the Swiftwater Inn. They even attired themselves in hooded gowns, caught at the waistline with woven ropes, for all the world like some order of monks in ancient times. A framed roster used to hang on the wall of the Swiftwater Inn, inscribed "Roll of Ye Ancient Order of Swiftwater Monks...August, 1882."

The book continues with a list of Who's Who among the monks, including Head Monk Maginnis, Nectar Monk E. B. Paul, Pig Iron Monk Fred Engle, Oratorical Monk McCully and Mermaid Monk Davis, to name a few. The monks were a part of the social life at the Inn for over 20 years, and when they were photographed for posterity, they scattered in 'contemplative reverie in a monastery garden, some deep in though, some bowed as with the weight of the ages on their hooded shoulders.'

So - who were these men?? Where did they meet and why? Can anyone identify the backgrounds as either the old Pocono Hotel or Swiftwater Inn? Someone must have an old story - let's hear it!!

Enjoy these old maps of Pocono and Jackson townships!
06/02/2020

Enjoy these old maps of Pocono and Jackson townships!

Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society
06/02/2020

Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society

The Brodhead Watershed Association is a vital watchdog to the health of our local eco systems.  Like their page for upda...
05/30/2020

The Brodhead Watershed Association is a vital watchdog to the health of our local eco systems. Like their page for updates and more information about where to find this pitcher plant right here in Pocono Township!

To conclude American Wetlands Month (celebrated throughout the month of May), let’s have a little contest!
1. Share this post - (help us surpass 1,800 likes 👍)
2. Comment below with the name of this unique plant found right here in the Brodhead watershed...
Each correct answer will be entered to win a BWA stainless steel reusable straw (while supplies last). Each straw comes in a pouch with a cleaning brush and will be mailed directly to you. We will notify the winner(s) via private message. [Contest will close on May 31, 2020 at 11:59PM EST]

Wetlands are so effective at improving water quality they have been referred to as the “kidneys” of a watershed. Wetlands can absorb excess rain or river water so they protect against flooding. They are a form of green infrastructure that also provides recreational opportunities and serves as important habitat for many unique species. They are both an effective and economical way to enhance community safety while improving quality of life! Protecting the Brodhead Watershed means protecting your local wetlands! #protectyourwatershed #protectwetlands #wetlandsawareness #brodheadwatershed #americanwetlandsmonth #cranberrybog

Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society's cover photo
05/25/2020

Pocono/Jackson Townships Historical Society's cover photo

Monroe County Historical Association
05/25/2020
Monroe County Historical Association

Monroe County Historical Association

At the start of the Civil War, the U.S. Army seized Arlington Estate to aid in its defense of Washington, DC. The property was later ordered to be used as a cemetery, and on May 13, 1864, the first military burial was conducted for Private William Christman of Tobyhanna Township.

This #MemorialDay, as we reflect on the thousands of men and women who died in service to our country, we remember a young man from a #MonroeCountyPA working-class family who made the ultimate sacrifice and had the honor of being the first person buried at Arlington National Cemetery. 🇺🇸

More than 1 person correctly identified the first photo as what would become Reeders Methodist Church!
04/30/2020

More than 1 person correctly identified the first photo as what would become Reeders Methodist Church!

This one is tough!  The men pictured helped to build this small building which became a well known local church.  Which ...
04/30/2020

This one is tough! The men pictured helped to build this small building which became a well known local church. Which church? Extra points if you can name any of the men!

and the answer to the question - 'what IS that building with the red roof' in Bartonsville from yesterday??….  The Fores...
04/28/2020

and the answer to the question - 'what IS that building with the red roof' in Bartonsville from yesterday??…. The Forest Inn!
Some of the foundation is still next to the old Post Office and the rest of the building sat right in the middle of route 611.

This is a fairly common photo of downtown Bartonsville in years gone by.  The first building on the left is still there ...
04/27/2020

This is a fairly common photo of downtown Bartonsville in years gone by. The first building on the left is still there - but what is the big building just beyond with the red roof, and what is there now???

Pocono Heritage Center
04/27/2020

Pocono Heritage Center

The answer to yesterdays' building mystery - BROOKDALE ON THE LAKE!!

Pocono Heritage Center
04/26/2020

Pocono Heritage Center

Who knows where this was and what is there today??

Ray Roper is a local photographer who has assembled this amazing assortment of photos taken in Pocono & Jackson Township...
04/22/2020
Photos in Pocono and Jackson Townwhips, Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Ray Roper is a local photographer who has assembled this amazing assortment of photos taken in Pocono & Jackson Townships. If you see something you would love to see hanging on your wall, please reach out to him. Enjoy and feel free to share!

Explore this photo album by rayroper on Flickr!

Who knows where?
04/22/2020

Who knows where?

How many lime kilns still stand in Pocono and Jackson Townships?  Post pictures!!
04/21/2020

How many lime kilns still stand in Pocono and Jackson Townships? Post pictures!!

Lime Kiln - Western side of the Little Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, PA. Photo by Doug Kerr. Limestone was burned with iron ore to remove the ore's impurities. The kiln was built into a hillside so that the stack could be filled from the top. These structures were in operation from 1770 until the end of the 1800s.

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Does anyone know where the hotel was in Kresgeville, and are there any pictures? It was owned by James C. Boncer (Kresgeville), and in 1889 sold to George Wagner (Effort).
I am looking for any information but especially photos of the original Tanglewood Grove/Inn and restaurant. My great grandparents Oliver and Martha Nuss owned it from 1948-1959. My mom and her cousins would spent time there in the summer. I understand the original building burned down in the summer of 1991 and the location is currently the Pocono Pub. Thanks in advance!!!
Does anyone know where Burson's had a sawmill in either Tannersville or Reeders area? This would be in the mid to late 1800's?
Looking for someone that can give me info on Redwood, The Pocono Fairyland? It was located in Scotrun. Actually, I am looking to speak to someone that is very familiar with this place. Can someone please direct me? Thank-you so MUCH!
I enjoy your posts. Thank you for preserving the history of this area.
Would the Pocono/Jackson Historical Society be interested in this picture of the Pocono High School class of 1955 class trip to Washington? That is my Dad Donald “Sam” Everett front row on the very end on the right. I found this when emptying out my parents home in Reeders. It is a large framed print.
Moved to Vermont 50 years ago where it is very reminiscent of what the Pocono/Jackson area looked like in the 40s and 50s before I 80 went in. I visit now and am heart broken seeing the 611 corridor. Viewing the pictures and videos sets my heart and mind at ease. Thank you for the work put into it. I will see if I have some to contribute. I have quite a collection from my Singer/Derrick ancestors. Went to Jackson Township Elementary and graduated from Pocono High School.
Pocono Arts Council thanks you for allowing us to use your beautiful Heritage Center as a starting point for our Open Studio Tour this weekend! http://www.poconoarts.org/tour
Great grandfather Frank Hawley Majestic in his suite 1918. Suite was last seen hanging in the veteran affair office Main Street in Stroudsburg. Would love to know what ever happened to it.
Does anyone have a picture of the old Tastee Freeze in Mt. Pocono? Ivan (Koberlein) and I bought it and renamed it Koby's Kitchen. Then it became motorcycle shop? So sorry I don't have any pictures of it...will be so grateful if you have one!
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