Three Victorian Towns in
A Fall Study Tour led by Michael Lewis
Thursday Evening, October 15th through All Day Sunday, October 18th
Almost everything that is worth seeing on our walking tour is concentrated in a narrow strip of two streets running along the river. The reason for this is the peculiar history of coal mining. Once serious, massive, large-scale underground coal mining began in the middle of the nineteenth century, the entire
Also on our route are the Market Street Bridge (1929 Carrere & Hastings), the Phelps House (1902, Wilson Eyre), the Luzerne County Jail (1866-67, John MacArthur), Stickney Block (1877, William W. Neuer) the Beaumont Block (1893) and Dickson Row (1904) by Kipp, Kirby Memorial Health Center (1930, Thomas Atherton), Irem Temple (1907, F. Willard Puckey), Miner's National Bank (1911, Daniel Burnham) and the remnants of an 1870 commercial row by Fraser Furness Hewitt.
Interior Tours will include: the Stephen Thurow House, now Kirby Hall of Wilkes University (1872-74, F.C. Withers with 1881 interior alterations by Bruce Price); the Luzerne County Courthouse (1899-1909, Frederick J. Osterling); the Memorial Presbyterian Church (1872, Edward Kendall); the Priscilla Lee Bennett House (1883, Bruce Price); First United Methodist Church (1875-76, Bruce Price); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (1896-99, Charles M.Burns); Osterhout Free Library, originally First Presbyterian Church (1848 James Renwick); First Presbyterian Church (1889, J.C. Cady); the house and office of Dr. H.N. Young (1894, J.H.W. Hawkins); and the house of Missouri B. Houpt, now a bed and breakfast (1874).
On Saturday morning, we will walk to the Joseph Scranton House (1867-71, Russell Sturgis) and the Elm Park Methodist Church (1892, George W. Kramer). At Courthouse Square we will see the
Also on our route is the Scranton Children’s Library, housed in the former
Options for Saturday afternoon include excursions to the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, Steamtown National Historic Site, and Nay Aug Park/ Everhart Museum.\
Jim Thorpe (Sunday, October 18th)
We will depart Scranton for Jim Thorpe at 8:45 a.m. Upon our arrival, we will be guided up Broadway to the Mauch Chunk Museum for a tour and two short videos. After lunch in the Museum ballroom, we will tour St. Mark's Church and the Asa Packer Mansion. Our visit will conclude with a tour of the Harry Packer Mansion, a presentation by Jack Gunsser, and a wine tasting. The bus will return to Scranton by approximately 6 p.m.