Monroe County Historical Association

Stroud Mansion Museum & Library • Stroudsburg, Pa.

Monroe connects with videos and movies

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It’s been a long, snowy winter. Good thing the Mansion has many nooks and crannies where mice like me can warmly snuggle! I think back fondly on warm weather and all the outside activities at Olde Time Fun last September. It will be here again before you know it! Read More...

Monroe shares a tasty treat

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I was so taken by all the agricultural related activities at “Olde Time Fun” in August at the Stroud Mansion that I decided that I wanted to know more about farming here in Monroe County in the 19th century. Read More...

How things change and remain the same!

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I almost thought we were moving to a new location with all the activity at the mansion this week. Then I discovered that the tables and chairs were going to south Stroudsburg for something called a garden tour. Read More...

Monroe goes on another road trip

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Oh my — something to look forward to this spring! The Education Committee is going to do a workshop at an off-site location and I am going, even though I haven’t been invited. I have had enough of being curled up in a warm corner of the Mansion during this long cold winter. I need to get out and about. Read More...

Monroe’s Christmas memories

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It is the time of year when I reminisce about Christmases past. My greatest pleasure was seeing children’s delight while enjoying a new toy. Of course, the Stroud Mansion’s seasonally decorated Victorian parlor contributes to my fond memories. This year was even more fun because of a road trip with Education Committee members to the “Tree Lighting” festivities at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Read More...

Monroe connects with slate

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It is funny how an idea, an object, or a person can make unexpected connections for us. MCHA Executive Director Amy Leiser’s article on the urgency to replace the Stroud Mansion roof in the last issue of The Fanlight made an immediate connection for me. The connection was not the roof itself, but the material to be used for the new roof. Read More...

Monroe explores the history of shoemaking

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I must say the most insignificant thing can spark my imagination. Just the other day a sheet of paper sticking out of a file folder drew my attention. Now, I challenge our readers to know what a shoe peg is. The folder’s one sheet of paper that sparked my research was a 1998 article “Shoe Pegs and Pocono Timber” from Dignity magazine. The photo in the article certainly wasn’t a shoe! Even without a caption I would have known that it was a mill that manufactured this product from wood. Read More...

Monroe checks out new servant’s room

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After all the excitement of the holiday season, it feels good to do just whatever I want. While perusing back copies of The Fanlight, an article on the renovations on the third floor of the Mansion caught my eye. It has been ages since I made a visit to the third floor, so I decided that the servant’s bedroom there would be a good place to start. Read More...

Sausage stuffers and other old kitchen tools

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Fall is in the air and my routine has changed. It is time to spend nights tucked away in a cozy corner of the basement kitchen at the Mansion. Of course I won’t find a fire in the hearth, but the strange thing guests refer to as a radiator will do to make my nest under. Many visitors also ask why the radiator is here. They need to understand that many things change over time, and that this was one way of heating the home long after the Strouds were residents. Read More...

Every town used to have its own band

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It may be difficult to believe, but almost every town had a band by the 1880s and 1890s. All ages took part, making music for their own enjoyment and for members of their communities. Members strutted forth in bold, colorful uniforms that projected a sense of community and patriotism. Read More...

Monroe looks back at early farming

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Now what is that? First a pizza garden and now another mystery to solve! I will just wait for the Evelyn to leave for the day and then investigate those mounds of earth outside the kitchen. Well, this really isn’t a mystery, now I have had a closer look. This is the beginning of a “Three Sisters Garden,” something early settlers learned from Native Americans. Read More...

Pizza garden springs up at the mansion

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Spring has sprung! I can always tell this by just peering out the attic window of the Stroud Mansion to the garden below. The gardeners are back and mulch is on the parking pad! However, this year there is a lot more activity. Everyone appears to be in a hurry and this has caused some consternation among my friends Caleb Cricket and Sarah Spider. “Whatever are they doing?” chirped Caleb Cricket. “Have they lost their minds?” stammered Sarah Spider. Read More...