About Honesdale

Birthplace of the American Railroad

The Greater Honesdale Partnership invites you to enjoy Historic Honesdale.

Honesdale’s rich railroad history began in 1829 when the Stourbridge Lion was brought over from England, as a result of the town’s early-nineteenth-century involvement in transporting coal. It was the first steam locomotive to run on commercial tracks in the United States.

A full-scale replica of the famous Stourbridge Lion—a must see for the railroad buffs and children of all ages – sits in the Wayne County Historical Society’s Museum and Research Center, located at 810 Main Street.

The greater Honesdale area is rich in architectural treasures, many dating back to the 1800s. It features many fine retail and gift shops; friendly, professional services; cozy restaurants and cafes; and architecturally resplendent homes.

Honesdale’s picturesque Central Park overlooks Wayne County’s historic Court House, as well as a number of other prominent buildings, such as the boyhood home of Dick Smith, composer of “Winter Wonderland” and the Old Stone Jail, which dates back to 1859. The park is also home to the annual Honedale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival.

Whether you’re in the mood to shop, dine, enjoy nature, learn, or simply explore, the greater Honesdale area has something just for you. Come and enjoy this wonderful piece of Americana. We’re waiting to meet you.

For more information about the greater Honesdale area, please visit the Wayne County Historical Society


Honesdale Borough

Wayne County