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Travelling in Eastern Pennsylvania

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A September 2003 trip to Pennsylvania by moatway

Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display Photo, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Using Depuy Shawnee (Shawnee on Delaware) as a travel base, we venture out to different sights in Pennsylvania's northeast.

Travelling in Eastern Pennsylvania

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Overview

Jim Thorpe, PA Photo, Pennsylvania, United States
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As it was our first trip to Pennsylvania, everything was new, but I had read about the town of Jim Thorpe and it provided us with our best day. The town is nestled in the Lehigh valley surrounded by mountains and is, for the most part, a well preserved piece of Victoriana. I advise a visit there wholeheartedly. Steamtown in Scranton is good fun for train buffs and families and it includes a short excursion in the price of entry which is reasonable. Across the parking lot there is a trolley museum that offers an excursion as well, which, since the car is quite open would be great for the family. We did spend a day in Amish country, which I strongly advise, but I'll cover that in a second journal as ...Read More

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

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Hotel | "Depuy Shawnee"

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort Photo, Shawnee-On-Delaware, Pennsylvania
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Best Things Nearby:This is a wonderful area for the outdoors person. There are walking trails in the Delaware Gap Park and biking and running trails on the resort. There are a number of golf courses in the immediate area and there are a number of picturesque communities in the Poconos.Best Things About the Resort:The number of activities here is incredible. The visitor receives a schedule and will need it if staying on the resort. On Thursday, for example, there were 20 different opportunities at all levels--family, child, and adult. Our unit was excellent... we could have slept eight easily and kept everyone happy.Resort Experience:Depuy Shawnee is part of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
One River Road
Shawnee On Delaware 18356
(570) 424-4000

Grey Towers National Historic Site

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Attraction | "Grey Towers (Milford)"

Grey Towers National Historic Site Photo, Milford, Pennsylvania
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A French chateau with twin towers sitting on a lofty perch in northeastern Pennsylvania? Yes, that would be Grey Towers, built in 1886 by James Pinchot who made his money importing and selling wallpaper in New York City, and who, at the age of 44, was able to retire in his original hometown of Milford, PA. He commissioned his friend, Richard Morris Hunt, to design a house and Hunt chose to echo the family’s French roots. In spite of his wealth, Pinchot could not stop the forests surrounding the town and the chateau from being clear-cut so he suggested to his eldest son, Gifford, that a career in forestry would be opportune. Since the subject did not really exist, Gifford did what he could in rel...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

Grey Towers National Historic Site
Grey Towers National Historic, 151 Grey Towers
Milford 18337
(570) 296-9630

The Crossings Premium Outlets

Attraction | "The Crossings (Tannersville)"

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I don’t know why every vacation trip in the States has to feature a dose of outlet shopping, but if you’re going to do it then you may as well go to the biggest you can find. In northeastern Pennsylvania that would be The Crossings at Tannersville on I-80. It will take you the best part of the day… there are eight buildings (one of which has two floors) which house 103 stores and six outlets for edibles. The question I was left with was "How can there be 103 stores and no Black and Decker outlet?" There was a Coleman outlet, but that doesn’t count. I don’t have to describe what outlet shopping is like--sometimes you make out like a bandit, sometimes not. Here...not. The buys were few and far bet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

The Crossings Premium Outlets
1000 Route 611 (off Exit 45 Of Interstate Route 80)
Tannersville, Pennsylvania
(717) 629-4650

Asa Packer Mansion Museum

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Attraction | "Asa Packer Mansion (Jim Thorpe)"

Asa Packer Mansion Museum Photo, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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The Asa Packer mansion is easy to find. It sits on a hillside, immediate to and dominant over, the town of Jim Thorpe. It has all the appearance of a wedding cake with exterior porches on the first two floors, two floors above them and a large cupola on top. It was the home of Asa Packer (b. 1805) who originally trained as a carpenter before coming to the Lehigh valley to work on the canal boats. After a couple of years, he purchased a store, then built coal boats, then became a coal shipper, and finally a railroader. He turned each success into more money and finally amassed a fortune of $300 million, a multi-billionaire in today’s terms. He built the Lehigh Valley Railroad and founded Lehigh Univers...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

Asa Packer Mansion Museum
Packer Hill Drive
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229
(570) 325-3229

Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display

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Attraction | "Old Mauch Chunk H.O. Scale Train Display"

Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display Photo, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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I can’t resist model railroad displays. The Old Mauch Chunk H.O. Scale Model Train Display is on the second floor of the Hooven Building, right next door to the old train station in Jim Thorpe. It was a forty year project by one family and a portion of it is on display. When I entered, it was night. Frank Sinatra was playing on the sound system, the skyscrapers, houses, and streetlamps were all lit… I was really impressed. There are over two hundred structures in this layout, some of them emulating buildings in the Allentown, PA area. The layout features thirteen mainlines, all of which were in operation. The original construction also featured car tracks. . .a lot of car tracks, but only two we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display
41 Susquehanna Street, Second Floor Hooven Mercantile Bldg.
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229
(570) 325 4371

Old Jail Museum

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Attraction | "The Old Jail Museum (Jim Thorpe)"

Old Jail Museum Photo, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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The Old Jail Museum is a walk up Broadway in Jim Thorpe (just a few blocks) from the train station. I suggest you walk as there are lots of parking down at the station, but there is little in the jail area. It is an imposing building, built in 1871. The county jail until 1995, it has a total of 72 rooms, 28 of which are regular cells and 16 of which are isolation cells in the "dungeon". The visit here is done by tour, beginning in what once was the warden’s apartment. The last warden to use the apartment moved out in 1970. The space was later used by guards and the upstairs space was used by convicts on day-release programs. The tour takes the visitor everywhere--to the dungeon area, the basemen...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

Old Jail Museum
128 West Broadway
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
570-325-5259

Country Junction General Store

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Attraction | "Country Junction (Leheighton)"

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Country Junction brags that it's "The World’s Largest General Store". There are two of them, so I expect that they must share that honour. We visited the main store just outside Leheighton; the second store is at Wind-Gap on route 512. With three acres of shopping under one roof, it is big retail. It is to some extent, like an amusement park… areas of the store have received names and the aisles are not just aisles, they are streets. The "Italy" section contains imports, the "wharf" contains things related to the sea. I admit that they seemed to have a lot of stuff. One section was purely nautical, great for decorating a cottage, particularly if you’re fond of plastic tuna and killer whales. Thr...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

Country Junction General Store
6565 Interchange Road, Route 209, Forest Inn
Lehighton, PA 18235
(610) 377-5050

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

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Attraction | "Shawnee's Daytrip to New York City"

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort Photo, Shawnee-On-Delaware, Pennsylvania
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Up bright and early on a Tuesday morning, two busloads of people from a variety of states and countries leave the Shawnee Reception Center at 7:20am on a rainy morning. Most of us are first timers, a few of the blasé have visited the Big Apple before. The plan is to get to Staten Island to take the 10am ferry into New York, but unfortunately the rain has slowed traffic and we don’t get that ferry, or the next, but the 11am ferry. The ferry gives a view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and in no time, we’re in Battery Park. The speed of the morning tour indicates that this will be exteriors only--Castle Clinton, the old Customs House, and into Wall Street and the Financial District. We get a v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
One River Road
Shawnee-On-Delaware, Pennsylvania 18356
(570) 424-4000

Steamtown National Historic Site

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Attraction | "Steamtown National Historic Site (Scranton)"

Steamtown National Historic Site Photo, Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Steamtown is a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service. For train buffs and train watchers it is close to the Holy Grail, but for the rest of us it is educational, interesting and a great place to spend a few hours. It sits on a 40 acre site in the Scranton railroad yard of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. While you are admiring an old steam engine, the latest diesel locomotive passes by, doing its work. As the visitor approaches the parking lot, he passes several steam engines and the realization hits that this is going to be a special place. At the ticket booth, you are given a bracelet that allows you access to the whole site and a half-hour train ride up to the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

Steamtown National Historic Site
150 S Washington Avenue
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503
(570) 340-5200

The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum Photo, Scranton, Pennsylvania
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How do I feel about the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum? It sits across the parking lot from Steamtown and occupies the old silk factory. The tour is self-guiding and the visitor takes a two-page set of directions and follows them as best he can. It starts with an eight minute film, which is the best part of the visit. I had no idea why Scranton is called the Electric City and I had no idea that a trolley line might run 100 miles and be used for carrying freight and coal. I was suitably impressed. Leaving the film, one observes the equipment that turns AC into Direct Current to power the trolleys. There are three trolleys in the museum--a work trolley that is not accessible, a cut-away ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 29, 2003

The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum
Steamtown National Historic Site
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Shawnee's Daytrip to Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, PA Photo, Pennsylvania, United States
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It’s 7:20am in the morning and thirty of us are getting on a bus for Philadelphia rather than sleeping in. We have come from parts far and wide and want to see the liberty city the easy way, guided and coddled. Moving rapidly past the new National Constitution Center (I am constantly impressed with the ability of government to build striking buildings containing vast amounts of space and not much else, but even that is illusory as you should catch the multimedia orientation, "Freedom Rising" and wander about in the exhibit hall), we move to the Liberty Bell Pavilion. It is unfortunate that one has to go through the same process that one would have to go through in a major airport. ("Do you have any ch...Read More