“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Tobyhanna Township, Pennsylvania History Tour Historical Markers

Located on top of the Pocono Mountain Plateau, the community shares a remarkable history of its people and resources. This series of historical roadside markers has been donated by community organizations and individuals that are proud of their heritage. When completed in the spring of 2017, a driving tour map will be available to enjoy the significant historical details of Tobyhanna Township
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By Rick Bodenschatz, June 26, 2016
Blakeslee United Methodist Church
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Blakeslee — Blakeslee United Methodist Church
The oldest congregation in the area first assembled in a log schoolhouse in 1840. A church was built in 1852, when Pastor Frederick Illman presided. In 1897 it was replaced with this building, which was enlarged in 1960. Seventeen stained glass . . . — Map (db m97303) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Blakeslee — Jacob Blakeslee, Jr.1822-1896
Blakeslee was the influential community leader for whom this village was named. He was a merchant, farmer and lumberman, owning several thousand acres. A trustee of the Methodist Church built in 1852, and the town’s first postmaster in 1883, Jacob . . . — Map (db m97890) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Lake — Sullivan Bridge
General John Sullivan’s 1779 Revolutionary War expedition built a road through this area. Only one bridge was required from Easton to Wilkes-Barre, and it crossed Tobyhanna Creek here. Camped nearby, over 500 troops completed the difficult . . . — Map (db m103664) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Lake — The Battle of Locust Ridge

On August 2, 1784, a battle was fought here in the 3rd Yankee-Pennamite War. After a brutal winter, the Yankee Settlers were forcibly pushed from their homes in the Wyoming Valley by the Pennsylvania Militia. As a result, a battle of the campaign . . . — Map (db m97711) HM

Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Lake — Wagner's Tree Farm
In 1888, George E. Wagner founded this tree farm on 1,700 acres. He and his son, Sterling R. Wagner, achieved recognition in the fields of forestry and conservation. A WB&E rail spur provided an outlet for forest products, coal, blueberries, and . . . — Map (db m97721) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Lake — William Henry ChristmanFirst At Arlington
During the Civil War, Christman of Pocono Lake enlisted in the 67th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. He sent his military pay and enlistment bonus to his penniless parents so they could buy land for a family home and farm. On May 13, 1864 . . . — Map (db m103670) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Pines — Historic Pocono Lake Cemetery
This burial ground has served the surrounding area since the Civil War era. A walk among the markers takes you back in time. Here lie those who built our community. Some worked in logging, ice harvesting or farming. Some founded schools, churches, . . . — Map (db m85408) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Pines — Hungry Hill MemorialSullivan's Expedition
This encampment site was named by General Sullivan’s Expedition of the Revolutionary War, 1779, en route north to avenge the Wyoming Massacre. They called the adjacent swamp Hell’s Kitchen. Army engineers built this first road on the Pocono Plateau, . . . — Map (db m84565) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Pines — Lutherland
In 1926, Lutherans from the NY metro area created a vacation site dedicated to Christian values. This was the entrance to over 1,300 acres on which their dream was realized. A lake, hotels, youth camps, and family cottages were built in a pristine . . . — Map (db m97156) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Pines — Summer Youth Camps
After 1900, Pocono camps became popular destinations for children from outside this area. Recreation activities including swimming, boating, riding and sports. “Sleep away” experience was a first for most campers. Pocohanna, Owaissa, . . . — Map (db m95755) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Pines — The Lumbering Industry
Pocono timberlands, trees as far as the eye could see, laid the foundation of soaring commerce during the latter half of the 19th century. Innovative and energetic logging of mammoth white pine, eastern hemlock and hardwoods fueled the growth of . . . — Map (db m96410) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Pines — The Stagecoach Inn
A log-framed inn served travelers on Sullivan Road, circa 1850. Rooms, food and drink were available. It also housed church services and a post office for the town, then known as Tompkinsville. Operated by Frederick P. Miller and his son Timothy, . . . — Map (db m97597) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Pines — Tobyhanna Township
The first permanent settlers were attracted to this area by an abundance of natural resources: land, trees, water. The township was incorporated in 1830, with 230 residents. It was named after Tobyhanna Creek, “A stream lined with . . . — Map (db m104538) HM
Pennsylvania (Monroe County), Pocono Pines and Pocono Lake — Salem United Church of Christ
This 1883 building, initially the German Reformed Church, is the oldest surviving religious structure in the area, with the original bell still in its steeple. Legendary Pocono businessman Isaac Stauffer was a founder. Land donated by Charles Gravel . . . — Map (db m92320) HM

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