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The Presbyterian Chapel

Tenth Street - The Presbyterian Church was organized in 1829, the first religious group in the very new town. In 1837 a wooden church was built on land given by Jason Torrey. A wooden building at the back of the property was known as The Lecture Room and was used by members of the congregation for meetings and for Sunday School. During the Civil War, the Soldiers' Aid Society met there to sew for volunteers and for hospitals. In 1888 the Trustees began a subscription for funds to build a chapel. Architect T.I. Lacey of Binghamton, New York was engaged to design the building. R.H. Brown of Honesdale was the builder. Ground was broken in 1890 and the Chapel dedicated in October of 1891. The total cost including furnishings was $20,200. The Chapel was constructed with a large auditorium surrounded on three sides by a gallery. A reading room on the first floor was open to the public and seems to have served as an early public library. ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: RICHARDSONIAN ROMANESQUE

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Line Drawing by Judith Hunt

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.