The Wayne County Historical Society Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Grant Genzlinger is the recipient of the 2017 Richard L. Kreitner Award for Community Service. The award is given to Grant for his many contributions to the preservation of local history in Wayne County, his entrepreneurship in creat-ing many local businesses, and his work with numerous organizations in our community.
The list of projects completed by Grant and his wife, Jeanne Genzlinger, is long.
Grant entered the local innkeeping scene in 1980 when he and Jeanne and a group of community-minded investors purchased The Settlers Inn, Hawley, and began its restoration to transform it into the English style Arts & Crafts destination building that it is today.
Under Grant’s guidance and inspiration, The Settlers Inn today proudly realizes the goals of the original founders “to furnish hos-pitality for the traveler; to furnish a proper setting for so-cial gatherings…” Bringing local farm products to this restaurant has always been part of the goal.
Not to be complacent with one incredible restoration project completed, Grant was an active partner and director of restoration for the Cocoon Coffee House, Ledges Hotel, and most recently Silver Birches Resort, all in the Hawley area.
As the Genzlinger portfolio of businesses has grown, Grant has added many responsibilities with each new project, always helping the growth of our community.
Also of great significance is the restoration directed by Grant of the former Bellemonte Silk Mill which today is known as the Hawley Silk Mill. Now the campus of Lackawanna College and the offices of The News Eagle, it features the Mill Market, centered around farm to table foods, and shop space for retail sales.
The Hawley Silk Mill has been added to the National Register of Historic Places and is an important destination for the people in our community.
Other projects spearheaded by Grant demonstrate his efforts to improve the quality of life in our area. Through his work with the Hawley borough parks committee for over twenty years he has helped to create walking trails within the borough and now is helping with trails that radiate outward.
The Gorge Trail and the Connector Trail that will connect with the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31 (owned by the Wayne County Historical Society) are cur-rently on his “to do” list. He was the president of WCHS when the Lock 31 property was purchased in 2001 and has been a constant advocate of the work that has restored the 1820s building there and cleared the towpath. This has created a one-mile level trail on the 16-acre property that is open to the public free of charge every day from sun-rise to sunset.
The award will be presented at the Annual Dinner on Saturday, November 4th, at Lukans Farm Resort near White Mills, PA.