Once called Dyberry Forks, this historic little hamlet in the middle of Wayne County, also the county seat since 1841 now takes it name from Phillip Hone, who was the first president of the D & H Canal Company and also the mayor of New York City in 1826.
The building of the gravity railroad and canal from here to High Falls, NY to transport coal to the city was a big push for the Industrial Revolution. There is much to see along our beautiful streets, Central Park, historic homes, shops, eateries, brewpubs, and more.
Thanks to Tom Kennedy, a dedicated educator who really appreciated "local history" and worked hard at making sure it was shared with as many as it could be, I became very interested in the local area and all of the hidden history that surrounds us on a daily basis. Another good friend, Dick Kreitner, once said as he humbly accepted a well deserved award for his accomplishments, "Tell your children and grandchildren how fun history is!" Our intention is to honor his wishes and more, spreading the history of our beautiful town to anyone who will embrace it. God has blessed us with an area rich in history to be shared and that we will!
I am also blessed to work with The Myles Group and their mission to restore the rails and all that is possible in the use of them, we are in fact, "The Birthplace of the American Railroad", and there is much to see in the twenty-five miles of track from Honesdale to Lackawaxen and the historic towns along the way. Scheduled excursions operate throughout the year, as well as chartered bus groups, and festivities. Come and enjoy our vibrant history.
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