HAWLEY - Wayne/Pike County pioneer Thomas Valentine Taft built his magnificent Hawley mansion after moving his family from the Pike County village of Tafton, which was named for his father, Royal Taft.

The spacious home on Academy Street which the Tafts built in 1871 has been restored to its original grandeur by current owners Jorge Perez and Estela Rojas. They are inviting a limited number of visitors to tour their home and garden and enjoy wine and three different fine pasta dishes with fresh summer salads on Saturday, July 27, at 6 p.m.

The event will benefit the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS), and reservations are available from the society. The price is $45 for WCHS members, $50 for non-members.

Mr. Taft's biography in "Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania" ends with the following: "He owns one of the handsomest residences in the borough, and there the many friends of the family delight to congregate, always feeling sure of a hearty welcome." Jorge and Estela plan to re-create this welcoming atmosphere, opening their home to lovers of history and fine design for the benefit of the Wayne County Historical Society.

For reservations, visit the Historical Society at 810 Main St., Honesdale, Wednesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; or order by phone or email at (570)253-3240 (with credit card).