Museums & Galleries

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MUSEUM, 5550 Memorial Boulevard (Route 611), Tobyhanna, (570) 894-4207, (570) 839-7306, www.coolbaughtwp.org. The Wills Mansion, a historic landmark in Tobyhanna Township, houses wonderful local history exhibits including military pieces, ice harvesting tools and artifacts, early photos and more! The site is open seasonally with extended hours in conjunction with local events. Call the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association for more information.

 

CRYSTAL CAVE, 963 Crystal Cave Road, near Route 222, Kutztown, (610) 683-6765, www.crystalcavepa.com. Discovered in 1871, this marvelous site is considered to be the most popular natural attraction in Pennsylvania. Rock and crystal formations in the breathtaking underground cave resemble giant gems and crystalline waterfalls. Open daily from March 1 through November 30. See website for details.

DORFLINGER GLASS MUSEUM, Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Long Ridge Road, White Mills, (570) 253-1185, www.dorflinger.org. Highlighting the life of Christian Dorflinger, creator of fine crystal and cut glass educated at the Cristalleries de Saint Louis in France. In 1865, he built a glass factory and town of 100 homes to design and produce lead crystal. Displayed with period antiques and factory artifacts, The Dorflinger Glass Museum houses the largest collection of Honesdale Glass in the world!

ECKLEY MINERS’ VILLAGE, 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly, (570)636-2070, www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com. Founded in 1854, Eckley was an anthracite mining community, which in 1971 became a living museum—an entire town dedicated to preserving the history of the American lives that fueled the industrial revolution. Take a walking tour through the town and enjoy the exhibits. Many special events and celebrations are scheduled throughout the year. See website for membership information.

EQUINUNK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Route 191 and Pine Mill Road, Equinunk, (570) 224-6722, www.equinunkhistory.org. Preserves the history, from prehistoric times to present, of the Upper Delaware region. The town is characterized by 19th and early 20th century architecture, including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne and Second Empire, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See “The Calder House” for more information on historic sites in Equinunk.

GREY TOWERS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, 151 Grey Towers Drive, Milford, (570) 296-9630, www.greytowers.org. A stunning French chateau built in 1886 by Richard Morris Hunt, architect of the Vanderbilt Estate, Grey Towers is characterized by its dual conical roofed towers. Set on 100+ acres of gardens and outbuildings, including an outdoor theater, this exquisite mansion, which is the former family home of the founder of the US Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, houses a museum and conference center. Tours are available from May 26 through October 31 with seasonal events and special activities scheduled throughout the year. See website for details.

HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION OF TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP (HATT), PO Box 2084 Pocono Pines, PA 18350-2084. www.tobyhannatwphistory.org The Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township preserves and shares local history during meetings, lectures and community events. Regular meetings take place each month in the Clymer Library in Pocono Pines. Additional information is available online.

LACAWAC SANCTUARYwww.lacawac.org. Located in the northeastern tip of the Pocono Mountains, this nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility is set on 545 acres and includes forests, a lake and a group of buildings built in 1903, many of which are architecturally significant, plus 5 public hiking trails. The 52-acre Lake Lacawac, which is the southernmost glacial lake in the northern hemisphere, has been preserved in pristine condition completely free from development and encroachment.

MADELON POWERS ART GALLERY, East Stroudsburg University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite Streets, East Stroudsburg, (570) 422-3483, www.esu.edu. This intimate gallery houses fine art exhibits by established and up-and-coming visual artists. Student work is highlighted throughout the year. Call for more information.

MORGAN GALLERY OF FINE ARTS, 409 Route 940 Blakeslee, (570) 646-5333, morgangalleryonline.com. “The oldest art gallery in the Poconos,” this charming Pocono Mountains gallery features fine paintings, sculpture and unique furnishings made by local artists. More than a dozen artists, including Gallery owner James Morgan, are represented. Custom framing services are available. See website for details.

POCONO INDIAN MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP, Route 209, Bushkill, (570) 588-9338; www.poconoindianmuseum.com. Housed in a historic building with ties to the Underground Railroad and Prohibition-era activities, the Pocono Indian Museum is a great place to spend a day in PA! The site is dedicated to showcasing the history of the Delaware Native Americans. Exhibits detail the history of man in Northeast Pennsylvania from 10,500 B.C. to the contact period with Europeans prior to the American Revolution. See ancient artifacts and weapons, enjoy great shopping and more! Open year round. See website for details.

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 347 Quiet Valley Road Stroudsburg, (570) 992-6161, www.quietvalley.org. Nestled in the rolling hills of Northeast Pennsylvania, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is dedicated to preserving and presenting Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage. Open to the general public for tours during the summer. Special events feature period-dressed “family” members re-enacting the life of the original Pennsylvania German family who lived on the farm from the 1760s to 1913. Workshops and craft events are scheduled throughout the year. See website for more information.

SCRANTON CULTURAL CENTER, 420 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, (570) 346-7369,www.scrantonculturalcenter.org. Housed in the magnificent Masonic Temple, considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the country, the Scranton Cultural Center serves as a regional center for arts, education and community activities, including Broadway plays, symphony, ballet, cultural events and art exhibits. Completed in 1930, when Scranton was a wealthy industrial city, the Masonic Temple is a tribute to masonry. The building’s architecture encompasses Gothic Revival, Romanesque and Richardsonian Romanesque. It is on the US National Registry of Historic Places.

SCULPTED ICE WORKS FACTORY TOUR & ICE HARVEST MUSEUM, Route 590, Lakeville, (570) 226-6246, www.sculptediceworks.com. “The Poconos’ Coolest Attraction!” Discover the rich history of ice in the Poconos! Tour the fantastic facility, see spectacular ice sculptures, and stop by the Ice Harvest Museum to check out harvesting tools, artifacts and exhibits. Crystal Cabin Fever is held on-site each February. The family-friendly event features themed sculptures, live ice carving demonstrations and interactive exhibits. See website for details.

STEAMTOWN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, 150 S. Washington Avenue, Scranton, (570) 340-5200, www.nps.gov/stea. Discover the thrilling history of Pennsylvania railroading at Steamtown National Historic Site! The destination features History and Technology Museums, a working Roundhouse, special exhibits and a Theater! Take a park tour or hop on a steam or diesel train for a memorable excursion! Locomotives visit nearby stations in Delaware Water Gap, Moscow, Gouldsboro and Tobyhanna. See website for times and details.

TOBYHANNA TRAIN STATION & MUSEUM, Route 423, Tobyhanna, (570) 894-3338. Hosted by the Pocono Rail Historical Society, open seasonally. See rail videos, running model train layouts, memorabilia, railroad art and souvenirs. Explore the wonderful Christmas Village display and enjoy seasonal appearances by visiting locomotives! By donation. Call for details.

WALLENPAUPACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC., 103 Manor Court, Paupack, (570) 226-8980. Dedicated to keeping the history of the Lake Wallenpaupack area accessible, the Society operates the Williams House as a museum. See tools, guns, weaving implements, artifacts, and a sleigh. By appointment.