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Pocono Playhouse built on farmland

Born in Morenci, Michigan and graduating from the University of Michigan, Rowena Stevens, founder of the Pocono Playhouse, performed in and managed USO shows overseas during World War II. It was this experience with the USO that led her to build the summer theater. She selected the Pocono Mountains as the site for the new […]

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1965: Out with the old, in with the new – Ehrlich’s

In April 1965, residents of East Stroudsburg witness a passing of an era as the old Ehrlich’s Market building at 107 Washington St. was razed, making way for the expansion of the East Stroudsburg Saving, Building and Loans Association. A year earlier, the market had been moved to 112 N. Courtland St., the site of […]

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From mansion to office building

From majestic Kitson House to modern Kitson building The old Victorian home that once stood at 745 Main St. in downtown Stroudsburg had had its share of identities — the mansion of a wealthy family, a diner, Mexican restaurant and a nightclub — before being demolished. Although the exact date of construction of the building is […]

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Did you dine at Jerry’s Diner?

Jerry’s Diner, gone from Stroudsburg for more than 15 years, was a community landmark at 207 N. Ninth St. Once known as the Lackawanna Trail Diner, Jerry’s listing faded from the local phone books in 1996-’97.   The name most associated with the diner is George Metropoulos. Metropoulos operated the diner until the early 1950s, […]

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Gas pumps from a bygone era

    Gap pumps sitting outside of what was once the Cresco garage attracted attention as far away as Japan, according to the 1992 caption on this photo. When a Japanese film crew was shooting in the Barrett Township area, they stopped for a look.  

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Matteo Dave delivering the goods

Matteo Dave, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was the well-known owner of the Stroudsburg Italian food market at 344 Main St., which carried his name. Born in Italy, Dave came to the United States in 1912, settling in Stroudsburg. Three years later, he started his business, a house-to-house service, delivering goods using a horse-drawn wagon. When […]

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Pocono Gardens Lodge

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. […]

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1847: Easton and Milford stagecoach

In 1847, passengers traveling on the Easton and Milford Mail Line from Easton could catch the stagecoach at Joseph Hagenbuch’s Inn every Monday, Wednesday or Friday for the trip north. After leaving Easton, the stage would stop at Richmond, Centreville, Williamsburg, Dill’s Ferry, Delaware Water Gap, Dutotsburg, Stroudsburg, Bushkill and Dingmans Ferry, before arriving in […]

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1850: Cheap stoves at Cheap Store

During the 1800s, Stroudsburg merchant George Malven operated a shop in the borough, selling an assortment of parlour and cooking  stoves. In addition to selling stoves, Malven had a side business, a tin shop. One unique aspect of the stove/tin-shop business was that it was often referred to as the Cheap Store. Presumably, Malven offered […]

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1976: Catching some rest

  A warm summer day Susan Savage, a freshman at East Stroudsburg State College, known now as East Stroudsburg University, played softball with gusto in July 1976, but when she took a breather, she treated the sun with kid gloves The photo, snapped by a Pocono Record photographer, illustrated that warm days of summer had […]

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