Settled in a valley in the Pocono Mountains, the sleepy little village of Lackawaxen can be found where the Delaware and Lackawaxen Rivers converge in Pike County.
Once upon a time, the northeastern PA town bustled with activity from logging, quarrying for Pennsylvania blue stone, shipping on the D & H canal, and rail traffic. Now, it is pleasantly scenic and quiet, with a historic flavor.
Until recently, the Stourbridge Line used to run scenic rail excursions from Honesdale (the birthplace of the American Railroad) in Wayne County, through Hawley, along the Lackawaxen River, with the little town of Lackawaxen as the destination. (The train rides continue, with Hawley as the "end of the line".)
One of my favorite memories of Lackawaxen actually involves the public landing on the Delaware River. As a kid, my dad and Uncle Ivan used to take me along to fish for eels. Dad would tease me by saying the eels were going to get me when I took off my shoes and waded out into the pleasantly warm water, sand and stones squishing between my toes.
Later, when I was older, my dad took me shad fishing. Shad are vigorous fighters and not all that easy for a 14 year old girl to land! Eventually I became quite skilled at bringing those babies in, and to this day, I swear that it was no accident when my dad "lost" the stringer of several fish, most of which were mine. I will maintain that he didn't like to have a kid like me "out fish" a skilled sportsman like him!
One of the prominent features of Lackawaxen is the Roebling Bridge. Constructed in 1848 by John A. Roebling, (the architect of the Brooklyn Bridge), the aqueduct is a National Civil Engineering Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. It is purported to be the oldest remaining wire suspension bridge in America.
Also located in Lackawaxen is the Zane Grey Museum, part of the National Park Service. At one time, the famous author of western yarns called this Pike County village his home, and spent much time enjoying the river, just as we do today.
A popular and exciting passtime is spotting bald eagles all along the Lackawaxen River throughout the winter months. Sometimes dozens of eagles can be seen roosting in trees along the "swift waters" (or, at times, not so swift...), occasionally swooping down to grab dinner.
It's a spectacular sight, and comforting to see, considering how scarse the sighting of our National Symbol used to be.
Lackawaxen is a pleasant place to visit, and a peaceful place to call home. Keep up-to-date on the real estate market in Lackawaxen - sign up for my Lackawaxen Real Estate email alerts! Be sure to visit the links I have provided below to learn more.
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"Lackawaxen PA: Where the Heck Is It?" Copyright 2007 by Karen E. Rice. All photographs were taken by Karen E. Rice and may not be used in any way without express written permission. All Photos in this entry are the property of Karen E. Rice.