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Settlers who flocked to this area in 1798 named the county after General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, a famous Revolutionary War hero born in nearby Paoli, Pennsylvania. It was a good omen for the area, Wayne County became a hotspot for pivotal moments in our country’s history.

For instance, Horace Greeley and a group of colleagues met in Honesdale in 1859 to support Abraham Lincoln's presidential candidacy. Here Christian Dorflinger glassware took the country by storm. And, of course, we lay claim to the birthplace of the American railroad, as the Stourbridge Lion arrived from England in 1829 to begin its journey hauling goods throughout the region. Our railroads, canals and coal production eventually became a vital commodity to cities like New York and Philadelphia.

Today, both the Equinunk Historical Society and Wayne County Historical Society Museum take active roles in preservingour past for our children’s understanding and enjoyment. Our National Register of Historic Places sites include the Delaware and Hudson Canal, the Eugene Dorflinger Estate, Damascus Historic District (known for its Queen Anne, Greek Revival and Renaissance architecture) and Hill’s Sawmill.

 

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