Lewis Glass Works
George Lewis purchased 10,217 acres from Charles Wolstoncraft in 1794 for one dollar per acre. His dream of an ideal community built around a glass manufacturing business and away from the unhealthy atmosphere of the city became a reality. He brought his family, many workmen and their families to the mountaintop. Between 1804 and 1808 the Lewis Glass Works was put into operation using the white sand at the north end of the lake. After the War of 1812 the manufacturing of glass in this area became impractical.
Judge John Jones purchased 6000 acres in 1845. He envisioned a summer recreation area, built a cottage for his family, and promoted this idea to others. In 1847 he established a post office under the name of Eagles Mere. This name was applied to the village and the lake. The summer resort era began.
Erected 1975 by Eagles Mere Civic Club.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1794.
Location. 41° 24.628′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bell from the Eagles Mere School (within shouting distance of this marker); Eagles Mere Downtown Revitalization (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hotel Eagles Mere (about 300 feet away); Eagles Mere Chautauqua (about 300 feet away); Seth Thomas Clock (about 300 feet away); Site of the Original Toboggan Slide (about 500 feet away); The Chaseway... (about 700 feet away); Hiram's Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eagles Mere.
Also see . . .
1. Eagles Mere Museum. (Submitted on September 7, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. George Lewis Family History. (Submitted on September 7, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.