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The P. P. Brown House

922 Church Street This house is shown on the 1872 Honesdale map as the property of Mrs. P. P. Brown. It was conveyed by deed in 1901 by C. G. Armbruster as the property of John S. Brown to Mellin Aunger, spinster. In a will dated 1902, Mellin C. Aunger ..."gives to my sister Jane Whitney, a widow, whole interest in the property now held by deed and title and resided in by me on the west side of the park in the town of Honesdale." In January of 1906 Jane Aunger Whitney sold the house for $4,570 to John Smith, a glass cutter. His son Dick Smith, lyricist of many famous songs including "Winter Wonderland," grew up in this house and often returned from New York to visit his siter Marjorie. Dick Smith died of TB at the age of 34. In 1986 Marjorie Smith sold the property to Ray Hamill attorney, and Fredrick Eck public accountant, who maintain their professional offices in the building. ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: FOLK VICTORIAN

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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.