MONROE COUNTY HISTORIC PHOTO ALBUM
Just as a picture is worth 1,000 words, residential architecture tells a story of Monroe County’s development, from the old stone houses in Shawnee-on-Delaware and Sciota where early settlers lived, to the ornate Victorian residences in the Stroudsburgs. Many of those pictured here still exist, albeit changed to suit the needs of various occupants over the years.
On Main Street in Stroudsburg, many of the elegant old houses are now occupied by attornies’ offices, businesses and non-profit organizations. The Stroud Mansion, built by Jacob Stroud in 1795 for his son, Daniel, escaped destruction in 1920 when the Civic Club of Stroudsburg intervened. The home remains a local landmark as it is now a museum.
Houses along Sarah Street and Thomas Street are like mansions, with architecture ranging from Gothic to Victorian to Colonial. The stately residence shown on this page of A. Mitchell Palmer, a U.S. attorney general under President Woodrow Wilson and an unsuccessful presidential candidate, still stands, peeking out from behind a tall wall of shrubs and trees on Thomas Street. On Broad Street, the gracious old Kitner home is now a professional building.
In East Stroudsburg, head west on Washington Street and you’ll spot the dwelling of Hannah Stroud Starbird. It's changed over the past two centuries, with a large addition and dormers among other modifications.
To the southwest, you’ll still find Linden Court in Sciota at the intersection of Bossardsville Road and Business Route 209. In Sciota, the Fenner/Snyder/Robacker homestead, built in 1805, belongs to Hamilton Township now and is open periodically for tours. Some of the rooms contain period furnishings. Across the street from it is the old Sciota Mill, purportedly used by Gen. Sullivan’s troops during his march against the Iroquois.