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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Wayne County Historical Society receives donation for Canal Park

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  • Peter Rodgers, President of Rodgers-Olver-Polley, Inc., recently presented the Wayne County Historical Society with a donation in the amount of $1,000.00 to be directed toward ongoing work at the Lock 31 Canal Park Project and renovation of the Daniels Farm at New Castle.
    The gift was made available from the Lebanon Valley Insurance Company through the Lebanon Valley Insurance Company Foundation, which has a long tradition of making annual gifts to qualifying 401C-3 nonprofit organizations that are recommended by one of their agents. This year, Rodgers-Olver-Polley, Inc. was privileged to have the honor of making that choice and selected the Wayne County Historical Society as the beneficiary of the Foundation's gift.
    In accepting the donation WCHS President Elaine Herzog commented on the support the project continues to enjoy, stating that "we've come a very long way in seeing this dream come true and look forward to sharing even more of what this special place along the towpath has to offer."
    On August 24, 2013, the Canal Park at Lock 31 was opened to the public for the first time, and is just one part of the Historical Society's plans for the site. In addition to the trail/recreational features, an interpretive living museum is another goal of the overall project.
    According to Tom Colbert, Project Chair, "While stabilization of the circa 1820's house at Lock 31 is complete, much work remains in order to welcome visitors inside the 2-story structure, which was originally referred to as New Castle, and later, the Daniels Farm. When completely restored plans are for it to be known and interpreted as The Daniels Farm at New Castle. Work will continue to complete the interior of the house, as well as additional improvements to the property." The Canal Park and Daniels Farm are located approximately one mile west of Hawley on Route 6.
    The Lebanon Valley Insurance Co. was incorporated in June of 1856 and is a subsidiary of Tuscarora-Wayne Group which is located in Wyalusing, PA. Rodgers-Olver-Polley was founded in 1948 by Frank Rodgers, Jr. The agency continues under the leadership of Peter Rodgers and today has offices in Honesdale, Milford, and Dunmore.
    The Wayne County Historical Society main museum is headquartered in Honesdale at 810 Main Street in the circa 1860 Delaware & Hudson Canal Company Office. Additional information about Society programs and projects, including the Canal Park may be found at www.wchs-lock31.org, or www.waynehistorypa.org. You may also call 570-253-3240.

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