Welcome to Honesdale Borough
Honesdale, originally known as “Dyberry Forks,” was the terminus of the D&H Canal which ran 108 miles to Rondout, New York. Honesdale was re-named for Philip Hone in 1829, the first president of the D&H Canal Company and former Mayor of New York City. 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.
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.
Honesdale is home to many beautiful and varied parks, including:
Central Park: A beautiful plaza with a view of two of our towns most beautiful churches, and sitting at the feet of the historical Wayne Country Court House. This historic park also holds keys to the towns storied past. The maple trees that dot the park are relics from when the town was covered in maple trees earning Honesdale the name Maple City. Standing vigilant at the head of the park overlooking it’s breath, is a monument dedicated to those who fought for the union in the civil war. And sitting just across from the park is the home of Richard Smith, co-author of the song “Winter Wonderland”.
Gibbons Memorial Park: Perched high on Irving Cliff playing host to our winter star is this beautiful park. This off the beaten path treasure, has a fantastic view of the entirety of downtown Honesdale. Its bird eye view of the town below makes it an amazing place to sit and watch the sun set or rise. In the winter the park also hosts a large star which lights up the nights sky.
Apple Grove Park: A slice of Pennsylvania wilderness, tamed for the publics enjoyment. The grassy pastures of the park roll sport a wonderful view of the Dyberry Creek. Stay and picnic, enjoy the assortment of animals that call the park home. Look but don’t touch the native red-spotted newt, and on lucky spring or summer days you may see a family of white tailed deer enjoying the pristine grass!
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Honesdale PA 18431
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