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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Learn about 'The Town Under the Lake'

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  • PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - Jon Tandy will be giving a presentation Saturday, August 9 about Wilsonville, "the town under the lake." The program, at 7 p.m., at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center
    Once the county seat of Wayne County, Wilsonville is named after James Wilson, one of the first associate justices of the United States Supreme Court and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The town was flooded in the middle 1920s with the construction of Lake Wallenpaupack.
    The program includes photographs, maps and side-scan sonar images of Wilsonville, and the stories of people who owned the property and the businesses that were there. Jon will also answer the common questions: “Is there still a town under the Lake?” “Can you really hear a church bell ringing when the water is low?”
    The sonar images were taken by members of the Tafton Fire Compnay Dive Team as part of their practice. Tandy is president of the Tafton Fire Company as well as a trustee of the Wallenpaupack Historical Society.
    The PPL Environmental Learning Center is off Route 6 just east of the intersection of Routes 590 and 6 and next to Wallenpaupack Area High School.

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