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Parish House of St. John's Episcopal Church

Hamlin The Parish House of St. John's Hamlin. once the Wimmers railroad station, is the only surviving station of the Erie Railroad in Pike and Wayne County. Under the leadership of the rector. Fr. Robert Lukan, the old station was bought by St. John's Parish in the early l970s and moved by flatbed truck from Wimmers (Maplewood) to its present location just to the rear of St. John's Church. For the past twenty years it has served as the Parish House of St. John's with half of the first floor used by the Salem Public Library. The Parish Office is on the end of the building nearest the church. A center hallway appears unchanged since its railroad days. Both walls and ceiling are wainscoted, with the original bay windows on the street side and an old Seth Thomas clock on the back wall. On the second floor are the parish food pantry and clothes closet, available for any that need that help. There are also two Sunday School rooms. The new lower level of the building has a large fellowship hall, a kitchen, and rest rooms. Large windows face the back lawn. The building retains its original exterior. The vertical board siding is painted a dark green with red trim. The door to the first floor and the old loading dock door are original. There are four-over-four windows on the first floor, arched windows on the gable ends of the upper floor, and beautifully designed scrolled brackets under the wide flared eaves. A semaphore in working condition adds a bright accent to the facade. One needs to walk around the building to appreciate its fine proportions and simple beauty. Much time and effort has gone into preserving this last bit of Erie Railroad property and making it a fine community asset.

Text by Marge Hook and Sally Eno Soden

Line Drawing by William Amptman

From 1993 through 2008 the Honesdale National Bank published an annual wall calendar, each featured 13 historic sites. The sites were chosen and researched by a committee of the historical society and artwork was commissioned to Judy Hunt and William Amptman by the bank.

This page was one month of the calendar and was made possible through the Wayne County Commissioners and a Tourism Promotion Committee’s Tourism Grant.