Pocono Gardens Lodge

Workers, along with owner Peter Rossi, paused for a photo.

During the late 1940s and early ’50, Peter Rossi, founder and owner of Pocono Gardens Lodge in Paradise Township, along with his workers drilled a new well near the resort’s main building (right).

In the years that followed, Rossi expanded ownership to include family members and Pocono Gardens prospered.

The resort was sold in 1971. And after a period of decline, the failing lodge was closed in 2000.

Vandals took a toll on the property, damaging guest rooms and tagging the main lodge and several outbuildings with graffiti.

When the roof over the indoor pool began leaking, a mosquito hatchery was born.

The fire-damaged building at the abandoned Pocono Gardens Lodge in 2007.

Once part of a trio of resorts that included Mount Airy Lodge and Strickland’s Mountain Inn, the three properties were split up in 2004 when businessman Louis DeNaples purchase two of the resorts for $25.1 million.

In 2007, fire ripped through an abandoned building at Pocono Gardens (left). The damaged building was later torn down.

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