Welcome to Honesdale Borough
958 Main Street
Honesdale PA 18431
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Honesdale Borough Initial Response to COVID-19
Based upon the Governor’s emergency declaration concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, the Honesdale Borough Council shall hold public meetings via telephone conference or other electronic means, provided that the following conditions are met:
- The Borough posts on its website and at its municipal building that the meeting will not be held in-person but will be conducted via telephone conference or other electronic means.
- The Borough will post on its website and its municipal building how members of the public may access and participate in the public meeting.
- The Borough shall record the public meeting and will make the recording available to the public.
- This resolution shall remain in full force and effect until modified by further resolution.
In addition, Borough Council reviewed Governor Wolf’s declaration and mitigation incentives, as well as, Wayne County’s declaration and voted to restrict public access to Borough Hall, 958 Main Street, Honesdale. As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all transactions need to be conduced by United States Postal Service, telephone, fax or email for the administration office, parking department and building and zoning permit office. Parking ticket collection boxes are located throughout the downtown area. Each department can be reached at the general telephone number of 570-253-0731. The administration and parking offices are in operation from 9 AM to 3 PM weekdays while the building and zoning office is in operation from 9 AM to 1 PM weekdays. Stated again, that no in-person access will be conducted at the building. Please refer to the Borough website and outside bulletin board for notices pertaining to other Borough agencies and their meetings. Honesdale Borough Council stated that the situation would be reevaluated at its April 6, 2020, meeting.
Honesdale, originally known as “Dyberry Forks,” was the terminus of the D&H Canal which ran 108 miles to Rondout, New York. It was used to carry coal from the coal fields to the market in New York City, New York. It was laid out as a village in 1826 when the D&H Canal was created. It was incorporated as a borough on January 28, 1831.
Honesdale was named for Philip Hone, the first president of the D&H Canal Company and former Mayor of New York City. The borough was incorporated January 28, 1831.
On August 8, 1829, with engineer Horatio Allen at the throttle, a locomotive purchased from England and called the “Stourbridge Lion” became the first locomotive to turn a wheel on a commercial track in the western hemisphere. It ran three miles to Seelyville and returned. A working full-sized model of the Lion was built in 1932 for the Chicago Century of Progress and is currently on display at the Wayne County Historical Society in Honesdale. The Stourbridge Lion was regrettably considered too heavy for further use. D&H transported anthracite coal from mines near Carbondale to New York City via Honesdale and Kingston, NY. Coal was moved by a unique gravity railroad from the mines to Honesdale where it was transferred to barges and transported via a 108-mile canal to Kingston, New York, then shipped by river barges down the Hudson River to New York City.
Honesdale is located at Coordinates: (41.574214, -75.255966)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), of which, 3.9 square miles (10 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.5%) is water of the Lackawaxen River, through the heart of the town, and its confluence with Dyberry Creek. The waters contain fish and other aquatic life and attract hundreds of ducks, as well as eagles and other raptors.