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Thursday, October 3, 2019
$139 per person
Enjoy Northeast Pennsylvania in its most colorful splendor with a sceneic ride along the Lackawaxen River on the Stourbridge Line Train. Following the morning ride, visit Silver Birches Resort for a family style lunch and afternoon entertainment.
The Stourbridge Lion and the Birthplace of America's Commercial Railroad
In 1827 the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company began to investigate the use of the steam engine for traction and locomotive use on its gravity railroad to haul coal from its mines to Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and then by canal to New York City. The gravity railroad operated on a system of inclined planes over which the cars were moved by gravity. This system of connecting differences of elevation by means of a series of inclined planes was little known and understood in America at that time, though similar systems were in use in Europe.
When the Stourbridge Lion arrived in Honesdale in July 1829, about three miles of wooden track had been laid which crossed the Lackawaxen River on a trestle bridge some thirty feet in height. The rails were of wooden construction, the running surface of which was faced with wrought iron strips secured to the rails with stout wood screws.
The trial run was to take place on the 8th of August 1829. When this became known, crowds of people assembled to witness the event, convinced that the iron Lion would never work. Afraid that the curious contraption would kill any who rode it, no one would take the trial run with Horatio Allen. So, amidst jeers and laughter, he mounted the hissing Lion. The jeers quickly turned to cheers as the Stourbridge Lion crossed the bridge and disappeared from sight. Many thought it would not return; but soon, with Allen at the throttle, and riding backwards, the fierce Lion screeched back into Honesdale. The crowd was jubilant. A new era in commercial transportation had begun.
History of Silver Birches
Imagine what George and Rachel Singer thought in 1926 as they watched their farm, circa 1904, turn into a lake. By 1929 they determined that there would be a need for more tourism lodging and decided to build a fourteen bedroom inn complete with dining room and kitchen capable of serving a full house providing three meals a day. It did not take long for the massive lake to become an economic engine for the region. Down the road in Hawley the Chamber of Commerce also felt tourism would come and in 1927 created a company that would build a fifty-four room hotel that is now known as The Settlers Inn, and coincidentally, a sister property of the new owners of Silver Birches. Also, on Route 507, a short distance from Silver Birches other members of the Singer family built Peps Inn, another early icon of Wallenpaupack.
George Singer was not only a farmer and innkeeper but he also had a significant logging business in the area which was a growing concern so Rachel called upon her sister Marjorie Ehrhardt to assist with the inn. In 1943 Marjorie and George Ehrhardt purchased Silver Birches. The business continued to grow through the years and more land was acquired. The original 1904 farmhouse and barn was converted to more lodging for the sprawling resort. Before long the second Ehrhardt generation, Jerry and Alice, joined the business. The 1950s saw a huge building boom of second homes on Wallenpaupack and the early cottage community was on the rise. The business continued to expand with the addition of eight more rooms built in 1966 and affectionately called The Motel. More cottages were added to the resort. Alice and Jerry had three sons, Eric, Steve, and Craig. By the mid 1980s all three boys who grew up on property had completed their education with concentration in hospitality. They returned home and significantly expanded the family business purchasing Marine Terrace, the road house next door to the resort. They added Ehrhardts Lakeside Restaurant to the collection and changed the name of the resort to Ehrhardts as well. In 1995, seeing a need to cater to large weddings and events in this beautiful setting, they further expanded the restaurant business by adding the large Waterfront Banquet Center. By 2015 three generations of Ehrhardts had put in seventy-two years building the family business. In that year, several new houses were built on Singer Lane and a new component of rental housing was added to the resort. But it was time to further evolve for the Ehrhardts. Eric Ehrhardt and Justin Genzlinger put their heads together and devised a way for the growing Genzlinger family of businesses to acquire Ehrhardts.
With the acquisition came the passion of the Genzlingers of historic preservation. The name of the business again became Silver Birches. The vision was to preserve the vintage lakeside resort but bring a new level of aesthetics to the property. 2016 saw a major renovation to the buildings and restaurant while preserving the original farmhouse and outbuildings but updating the restaurant, now known as The Dock. The Ehrhardt family has continued to work and consult with the Genzlingers to enhance this beautiful gem on the shores of Wallenpaupack. Everything old is new again.
4:15 AM - DuBois
4:45 AM - Clearfield
5:15 AM - Philipsburg
5:45 AM - State College
6:15 AM - Lamar
7:30 AM - Bloomsburg
Please be at your pickup location 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure.
Breakfast stop en route (on own) in Bloomsburg.
10:00 AM - Arrive at Honesdale Train Station -
Enjoy coffee & apple struesel cake prior to boarding the Strourbridge Line Train
10:45-11:45 AM - Scenic Ride along the Lackawaxen River.
12:00 PM - Depart Hawley Train Stationfor a short drive to Silver Birches
12:30-2:00 PM Family Style Meal
2:30 - 3:30 PM Mowtwon Madness, Disco Fever and a little Rock 'n Roll - You rocked on the rails, now let's rock on the dance floor with the stylish and versatile deja vu Duo.
Snack provided piror to departure.
Brief rest stop in Lamar (fast food available) en route home.
5:30 PM - Bloomsburg
6:00 PM - Lamar (time alotted for brief rest stop)
7:00 PM - State College
7:30 PM - Philipsburg
8:00 PM - Clearfield
8:30 PM - DuBois
Round-trip motorcoach transportation
Scenic Train Ride
Family Style Lunch
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Bloomsburg|| Cracker Barrel |
228 Mall Blvd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
|Clearfield|| Clearfield-Walmart Parking Lot |
Back end of parking lot on grocery side of store
|DuBois|| DuBois Mall |
Sears parking lot across from CNB Bank
|Lamar|| Lamar Exit I-80 TA Truck Stop |
|Phillipsburg|| Philipsburg - Peebles Parking Lot |
near Goodwill Store
|State College|| State College Bus Garage (near Airport) |
2101 Alexander Drive, State College PA 16803
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