HONESDALE—The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) will be sponsoring Train Day this Saturday, May 20 with events running from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Train Day celebrates the prominence of Honesdale as the birthplace of the American Railroad.
The day holds “great shopping and dining” opportunities, said GHP Executive Director Gail M. Tucker.
Vendors Sugar Creek Maple Farm, Embroidery 4U, Arielle Sckula, TE Handcrafts, Bits & Buttons, Betsy's Afghans, Horseshoes with Heart, Rockwell Travel, Carol Sell's Honey, Marchesin Florals, Blended Jewelry and Crafts, JGM Soaps and Candles, J's Creative Ceramics, Turtle Time Toys, Simply Delicious Desserts, Cheri Pollock, Brushed with Love, Etching by Nicole, and Two Black Cats will be set up with assorted goods for sale throughout the day.
“We invite everybody out to have a great time and get re-acquainted with the town,” said Tucker.
The Stourbridge Lion will have its Pocono Express runs back and forth to Hawley, departing Honesdale station at 11 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
The Lion will also be running a special Centennial Limited train ride departing Honesdale at 4:15 p.m. in honor of the Wayne County Historical Society's 100th Anniversary.
Prices for the Centennial Limited ride will cost $35 for adults and $20 for children.
Proceeds benefit the Wayne County Historical Society.
The Centennial Limited will depart after a reception at 4 p.m. behind the Historical Society's main museum, weather permitting.
Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Honesdale Rotary and the Honesdale Area Jaycees.
Space is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to pick up tickets early by either calling 570-470-2697 or visiting www.thestourbridgelion.net
“It's a great opportunity to ride the train,” said Tucker. She went on to explain that recent renovations have left it presenting a new riding experience from what passengers may have known before.
Also making the train rides special will be the return of the Lion's presidential car. This historic rail car transported 3 former American Presidents while it was in use.
Riding on the car's presidential platform will be none other than President Abraham Lincoln.
Passengers on the Pocono Express or Centennial Limited will be able to meet the president who will regale them with his life's epic.
Lincoln will begin his day by delivering an address to a troop of Civil War soldiers camped in Central Park at 9 a.m.
The soldiers will remain encamped throughout the day for those interested in learning about their endeavors.
Between his address and train departures, Lincoln will wander through uptown to meet and greet with his constituents.
In addition to shopping and dining, there will also be fun activities including Intergalactic Tabletop Game Dat at the Cooperage Project, tours at the Old stone jail, the GHP's hunt for Trax the Lion and the Historical Society's Kids Lane at Caboose Alley – fun crafts and games for children including a stationary train car tour.
The festivities will conclude with a free trackside concert at 5:30. Local group Black Sage Project will open for Allentown-based Celtic band Poor Man's Gambit on the Lion's flat car.
Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Honesdale Rotary and Honesdale Jaycees.
“It's going to be a fun day and we're hoping everybody comes out,” said Tucker.
“We're hearkening back to our roots,” said Wayne County Historical Society Executive Director Carol Henry Dunn.