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Dwight Dorflinger's Stone Bungalow

School Street, White Mills Christian Dorflinger's second son Louis married Ada Reed. They lived at 926 Court Street in Honesdale with their two sons, Dwight and Charles. Christian was very attached to both boys. Christian Dorflinger gave his grandson, Dwight, several acres of woodland at the end of School Street, in White Mills and he had the rambling uncut stone bungalow illustrated here built for him. The house was completed in 1910. Dwight played a role in Dorflinger and Sons until it closed. He and his wife Helen lived in this stone bungalow from 1912 to 1935. They had a daughter Elizabeth named after Christian's wife Elizabeth married Dr. Frederick Smith, a local dentist. In 1946 Elizabeth and her husband reopened the bungalow and raised their three children in White Mills. Elizabeth and Frederick have both passed away, and now their daughter Priscilla Smith Tagle lives in the house. She is the third generation of the Christian Dorflinger family to reside here. The house and large outside chimney are made of uncut fieldstone. The front porch is below a huge dark brown gable trimmed in green. Nestled among the trees, this stone bungalow provides the tranquility and privacy which Dwight Dorflinger demanded when it was built around 1905. The Dorflinger family was the backbone of White Mills' history.

Text by Marge Hook

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.