Monroe County Historical Association

Stroud Mansion Museum & Library • Stroudsburg, Pa.

Education in yesteryear

Educating the younger generation has always been important to Monroe County residents; the earliest schools in the area date back to the late 1700s. This commitment to youngsters’ schooling notwithstanding, present-day education is quite a bit different than education was in the past. Read More...

Stroud Theater born out of an idea of an opera house

In 1910, several citizens of the Stroudsburg community created the Stroudsburg Industrial Club to “cultivate the social side, as well as to look after the business welfare of our town. The idea being to rent and furnish suitable quarters, where the members can meet for recreation or business.” Within a year’s time, the members of the club had come up with their first idea to help better the community. They wanted to erect an opera house within the borough limits of Stroudsburg. Read More...

John Summerfield Staples: In the Shadow of History | Retreat to Stroudsburg

New Bern, N.C., May 1863 — Home and family seemed a distant memory. In the delirium of fever, brought on by typhoid, John Summerfield Staples struggled to recall the events of the past seven months. He concentrated on separating reality from dreams. There was no doubt about the reality of death. They had buried three men, boys really, along the route of march, all lost to the same disease he now lay stricken with. Read More...

Fraktur: More than Pennsylvania German artwork

Fraktur is an art-form that came to America with European immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries. The name fraktur refers to the “broken” appearance of the Gothic or Old English style of printing and is pronounced “frock-tour.”
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30,000 gallons of beer in the creek: Stroudsburg Brewery Co.

In 1899, a group of citizens decided that Stroudsburg needed its own brewery to craft local beer. Stockholders formed the Stroudsburg Brewery Company and met to elect officers, choose managers, select a brew-master, and organize and submit the necessary paperwork to Harrisburg to apply for a charter. Read More...

Not-so mysterious tunnels under Stroudsburg’s Main Street

Sorting fact from fiction is common in the field of history. One legend often revived is that of the secret tunnels under Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg. Read More...

John Summerfield Staples: In the Shadow of History | Off to War

STROUDSBURG, Pa. 1845 — From early morning until dusk a relentless sun bore down from a cloudless sky and heat shimmered and danced off buildings and streets. Flowering plants and shrubs, long a symbol of pride and prestige in the Borough of Stroudsburg, went without water so vegetable gardens could produce food for families. Read More...

East Stroudsburg votes to change its name

At the dawn of the new year in 1923, the residents of the borough of East Stroudsburg were called upon to participate in a special vote. Throughout the preceding year, some individuals felt that the borough of East Stroudsburg was losing its identity and that the “extreme length” of the name, consisting of 15 letters, was burdensome. Read More...

Past industry in Saylorsburg: Glazed bricks

During the turn of the 19th century, brick manufacturing in Saylorsburg was an important and well-respected industry, with its products marketed to communities both locally and throughout the United States. High-quality deposits of clay had been previously discovered in this portion of Monroe County, and savvy businessmen were able to extract this clay through mining to produce desirable, quality bricks needed for construction. Read More...

1918: Influenza hits Monroe County

The influenza virus has been in existence for thousands of years. There have been documented epidemics and pandemics of the influenza virus for hundreds of years, but the Influenza Outbreak of 1918 was the worst on record. Monroe County was not exempt from this outbreak, and in September of 1918, the county recorded its first several hundred cases of the deadly flu. Read More...

The girl, the witch and the old oak tree

It’s that time of year when pumpkins appear on doorsteps, the moonlight casts eerie shadows across the land, and people have imaginings of hauntings, ghosts, and other unworldly creatures that can sometimes get the best of them. Read More...

Town clock comes to East Stroudsburg in 1913

On the morning of October 7, 1913, the residents of East Stroudsburg heard the ringing of the bell of their first town clock. Town clocks were a source of pride for many communities, and a number of local businessmen and community leaders worked to ensure that this type of symbolic improvement could be secured for East Stroudsburg Read More...

Henryville was site of Pocono People’s College

This time of year, students and teachers are getting ready to head back to the classroom as a new school year begins. The same was true during the 1920s when the Pocono People’s College opened in Henryville. Read More...

Doctor’s orders: Take two baths and call me in the morning

During the mid to late 19th century, many people sought alternative remedies of every kind to help cure their ailments. One of the treatments that was in vogue at the time and was purported to cure an array of illnesses and afflictions involved the healing powers of water.
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Liberty Bell toured U.S., stopping in East Stroudsburg

Since its arrival in Philadelphia in 1752, the Liberty Bell has had great historical significance. William Penn created Pennsylvania with the guiding principle that citizens would have the right to practice their religion without persecution and that they would have the ability to create and enact their own laws. In 1751, the Pennsylvania State Assembly ordered a large bell from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London for the State House in Philadelphia. The Assembly ordered a Bible verse be added to the bell — “Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10). The bell arrived in Philadelphia in 1752 aboard the ship, Hibernia. Read More...