History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day was established to honor servicemen (and now service-women) who had enlisted or were drafted into the armed forces. The day, however, was not always called Veterans Day; its original name was Armistice Day, and it was created following World War I to honor those veterans who had served in the “War to End All Wars.” Read More...

Taking a trip through Stroudsburg history

If you didn't know that downtown Stroudsburg's architecture includes examples of Georgian, Federal, Second Empire, English Gothic Revival and Art Deco styles, you might want to stop by the borough Saturday. If you don't know who Daniel Brodhead, Jacob Stroud, Daniel Stroud, A. Mitchell Palmer, Thomas Kitson, Joseph Wallace or Amzi Wyckoff are, ditto. The Jacob Stroud Corporation and the Monroe County Historical Association will co-host the first Historic Stroudsburg Day beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in Stroudsburg. Read More...

Tunnels under Stroudsburg’s Main Street

One legend often revived is that of the secret tunnels under Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg. These tunnels exist and are located under the lower portion of Main Street; they were created by an act of nature and the ingenuity of a Stroudsburg business owner. Read More...

Old Mill in Sciota

Along Business Route 209 in Hamilton Township stands a mill centuries old. Built by Jacob Brinker in 1730, this old mill was originally a log structure. By 1800, the mill had been replaced by the stone structure which stands today. Jacob Brinker and his mill played an early role in the shaping of America. Read More...

Once upon a time, 211 years ago ...

The door of George Yeisley's cabin was open to provide more light. Amy Leiser, dressed a bit formally in a long floral-print dress and bonnet, needed the light to read to the children gathered at her feet. They listened intently as she read them books about Paul Revere's midnight ride and George Washington's teeth. It was a beautiful day in a setting straight out of 1795, yet it was only last week. Read More...

History of the Appalachian Trail

From Delaware Water Gap through Totts Gap over Wolf Rocks and beyond Wind Gap and Smith Gap, Monroe County’s scenery and natural history can be viewed from high atop the Appalachian Mountains on the Appalachian Trail. Read More...

Pocono Mountain House & Springs

The Pocono Mountain House and Springs was once one of the largest resorts serving visitors to the mountains. It was located along Route 611 in present-day Paradise Township and Mount Pocono Borough. The resort began in the late 1800s as a small sportsmen’s club. Read More...

Historic church restoration takes big step

STROUDSBURG — The site on Third Street looks like just another construction eyesore. But Robert Hillman, 63, of East Stroudsburg has his own vision what the ground, freshly covered in bits of broken building, looks like. "It's like flowers," Hillman said. "Just to see this going is like heaven, because, I swear, it just seemed like we'd never get it." Read More...

USS Pocono

On December 29, 1945, the USS Pocono was commissioned by the US Navy. The USS Pocono was an Amphibious Force Flagship (AGC-16) that measured 459 feet and 2 inches long, 63 feet wide, and would travel at 16 knots. Hosting 130 officers and 1200 men, the USS Pocono’s principal mission was to provide extensive communication (via radio and radar) for commanding amphibious operations. Read More...

The Marshalls Creek Mastodon

On July 5, 1968, John Leap, owner of the Lakeside Peat and Humus Company, and Paul Strausser, an employee, unknowingly unearthed the skull of a mastodon during a peat mining operation in Marshalls Creek. Located under six feet of bog material, the mastodon’s bones had been perfectly preserved. Read More...

Suffrage Movement has Local Ties

The local Suffrage Movement was headed by Mrs. Althea Staples, wife of Judge Charles B. Staples. In 1914, Mrs. Staples and other local women formed the Stroudsburg Women’s Civic Club, which became active in the community and established committees to report on social issues of the day. Read More...

Stroudsburg’s ‘Sheep to Suit’ Record

Thomas Kitson, owner of the Stroudsburg Woolen Mill, had his eye on an unusual prize. He felt he could lower the world-time-record for manufacturing a full suit of clothing, beginning with shearing sheep and ending with someone donning the attire. At the time, the record of 8 hours and 0 minutes was held by a mill in Scotland. On May 18, 1898, Kitson set out to break that record. Read More...

The Wilkes-Barre & Eastern Railroad

In 1893, the Wilkes-Barre & Eastern Railroad was built to haul coal, transport ice from various Pocono lakes, and carry passengers eager to visit Wilkes-Barre, New York or places in-between. The railroad boasted the shortest route out of the Lackawanna Valley – 14 miles shorter than competing rail lines. The Wilkes-Barre & Eastern rail line climbed over 1100 feet onto the Pocono Plateau before descending 1400 feet into Stroudsburg. Read More...