Monroe County Historical Association

Stroud Mansion Museum & Library • Stroudsburg, Pa.



Residential Property | The Gatehouse
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Way, Shawnee-on-Delaware

Originally constructed in 1906 by C.C. Worthington, a wealthy businessman from New York, this building was a support complex for his family’s estate. It served many purposes including, a barn, stable, carriage house, icehouse, hayloft, and caretaker’s cottage.

In the late 1940s the famous musician and bandleader, Fred Waring renovated the building into his summer home. The renovation took almost three years to accomplish but the results gave him room for his growing family as well as a place to entertain his famous friends from theater, stage, radio, sports and politics as well as the cinema.

Visitors to the Gatehouse included President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Perry Como, Bob Hope, Art Carney, George Goebel, Arnold Palmer, Lucille Ball, Ed Sullivan, Eddie Fisher and Jackie Gleason, who was a regular summer visitor.

The current owners, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Way, have preserved the home as it was during Waring’s ownership, as he was an integral part of the area’s history

Nonprofit/Publicly Funded Property
Josie Porter Farm | Community Supported Agriculture Distribution Center
Cherry Valley, Stroudsburg

Located in scenic Cherry Valley, this simple one-room frame structure initially served as a county election house. The building has maintained its original clapboard siding outside, and wainscoted interior with wood plank floor. The previous slate roof has since been replaced with a new slate roof, preserving the building’s historic integrity. The windows, shutters, and original front door have also been restored and maintained.

In 2008 the building was moved from its original location on the south side of Cherry Valley to its current site, where it was placed on a concrete foundation and electrical wiring and fixtures were added.

Today the Josie Porter Farm once again serves the local community and greater region through its adaptive reuse as a local food hub through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and buying club.

Josie Porter Farm

Commercial Property | Shawnee General Store, Shawnee-on-Delaware

J.D. LaBar and his son-in-law George Heller built the store and attached house in 1859, in charming Shawne-on-Delaware. Originally known as “LaBar and Heller,” the store was managed by Mr. Heller from 1859-1881, then handled by Mr. LaBar until his death in 1903.

The store has transitioned through several owners since, and at was home to the local post office until the mid-1980s.

The two-story frame house and general store still boasts the original hardwood floor. The wood siding, slate roof, and wooden windows maintain the structure’s original appearance. The interior has been updated to serve commercial needs and the porch was enclosed for additional seating.

The historic character of the building is a major attraction for tourists and locals alike. The owner has strived to preserve the character and integrity of the structure with no major modifications, only overall maintenance and upkeep, to allow customers to take a step back in time to original general store.

Pocono Record (May 27, 2007) — Shawnee General Store preserve past