Honesdale: The Early Years

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About the author:
When asked to write a short biographical note for this volume, the author asked, "How does one do this the fifth time without repetition or some prevarication to avoid it?

"Just put down that I was born in Wayne County, that one branch of my family has lived here since the 1750's, that I prefer to live here, and that I have spent many years in the study of local history and archaeology."

It can be added, however, that Dr. Leslie was licensed to teach history in Pennsylvania, that he had received two doctorates, honors causa, for his work in archaeology and history, that he had traveled on three continents with emphasis on visiting archaeological sites, and that he had been on the editorial staffs of archaeological journals in the United States, Canada and England.

At the time he wrote this publication, he was the county historian of Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Leslie authored nine books on local history. These are available at the Wayne County Historical Society, other historical societies, bookstores and libraries, and online resellers.

* Faces in Clay: The Archaeology and Early History of the Red Man in the Upper Delaware Valley, 1973
* The Battle of Minisink, 1976
* The Tom Quick Legends, 1977
* Honesdale and the Strourbridge Lion, 1979
* Honesdale: The Early Years, 1981
* Canal Town: Honesdale 1850-1875, 1983
* A Profile of Service: Protection Engine Company No 3, 1863-1913, 1986
* Things Forgotten: Wayne County, 1876-1889, 1990
* Honesdale and the Stourbridge Lions, 1994

Honesdale: The Early Years

Authored by Vernon Leslie

Although no year can be designated as that which saw the "founding" of Honesdale, 1827 did produce considerable activity directed at bringing a village into being at the confluence of the Lackawaxen and Dyberry Rivers.

The present volume outlines the preceding land acquisitions, describes the site before it was cleared, and tells of the rapid growth of the village originally known as Dyberry Forks. Early industries, craftsmen, commercial and financial enterprises are described as are religious and civic events in the history of Honesdale before the early 1850's.

This book contains 17 pages of illustrations of early buildings and county historians. It is a carefully written and documented study of what could be called "the dark ages" of the history of an interesting and historic community.

Publication Date:
1502778424 / 9781502778420
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Modern / 19th Century

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