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810 Main Street

810 Main Street winter view
810 Main Street Museum

What is now the Wayne County Historical Society's main museum building, built in 1860, was originally the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company office in Honesdale, PA. The canal's 108 miles to Rondout (near Kingston) NY began at its back door, as did the canal company's gravity railroad from Carbondale PA. It is for this reason that in 1968 the U. S. Department of the Interior designated it a National Historic Landmark.

On August 23, 1923 the Wayne County Historical Society was granted a lease from the D & H to use the north portion of the building for storage. In 1939 it was opened to the public for the first time and has been in continuous operation since.

Torrey Building front
Torrey Building

Two additions have been made to the original 1860 building: one in 1979 and one in 1993 to accommodate our expansion needs.

The small brick building immediately to the north was saved from demolition by the Society and moved to its present site in 1981. Built in 1830 ,the Torrey building is one of the oldest brick buildings in the county.  It was originally used as a land office of Jason Torrey, the county's first surveyor.  By connecting it to the D & H building in 1997 in provided additional exhibit, storage, and office space.


J.B. Park Farm Museum

Horse drawn cutting farm machine

A Day in the Life of a Farm, Wayne County Agriculture: 1870-1930 is the title of this 1,500 sq. ft. exhibit located on the Wayne County Fair Grounds on Rt. 191, one mile north of Honesdale.  During the annual Wayne County Fair the building is open from noon to 8 p.m. and by appointment.


Bethel School

Bethel school in fall
Bethel School in Fall

This one-room country school near Beach Lake will be open to the public in the summer and fall. Check the calendar of events for opening times and dates.

The Berlin Township schoolhouse was built before 1872 and was closed in 1951. In 1998 the County Of Wayne had the stone foundation rebuilt, put on a new roof and porch, and painted the exterior in the original colors. The Wayne County Historical Society organizes the public events at the school.

Visualize what a day at school was like with eight grades taught by one teacher, without electricity, running water, and indoor plumbing.

 

 

 

Old Stone Jail

For more than 150 years the Old Stone Jail has occupied an unobtrusive site along the banks of the Lackawaxen River in the eastern end of Tenth Street in Honesdale. Built in 1859 at a cost of $16,000, the imposing stone building has been the setting for many of life's comedies and tragedies. It was the setting for a number of suicides and, in 1878, the birth of a baby whose mother was being held for the murder of her husband. There have been several escapes from the jail and hangings for unspeakable crimes. An article in the April 7, 1859 issue of the Wayne County Herald declared, "We admonish all evildoers to keep out of this jail, if they wish to enjoy their liberty, for if they get behind the double iron doors, they will be hopelessly fast until released by due course of law".  Stop by the Old Stone Jail and see what it was like to do 'hard time' in the 1800's. We are open to the public for free tours on the second Saturday, 10am - 1pm, from June through October. We are also happy to schedule a group tour at another times, please contact our Main Museum for arrangements.