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Honesdale Borough, Wayne County, Pennsylvania - Honesdale, PA

Appealing Downtown Area
Central Park, Honesdale, with memorial statue, Wayne County Courthouse, and other historic buildings in the background. – Derek F. Williams

Originally called "Dyberry Forks" due to the confluence of water ways that create the Lackawaxen River, Honesdale Borough is the county seat of Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

Wide, NYC-inspired sidewalks (an inspiration-share from early city connections through coal deliveries via gravity railroad and the D&H Canal) make the downtown extremely walkable. Deep history in canal and railroad can be felt and seen (Wayne County Historical Society and museum on Main Street is worth noting here) along with newer businesses and an increasing vibrancy. Find a place to park and get your stroll on.

Plenty of shops and dining are available. Specialty shops and more traditional offerings dot the business district and a connection to the area's agricultural heritage and the current farming community yields the availability of local food at some restaurants.

Relaxed prevailing winds, with a breeze of energy that reflects some newer downtown projects and growing interest in the cultural offerings on and just off Main Street. Parallel to Main, Church Street in Honesdale offers a large Central Park and the nearby County Courthouse, many historic homes and buildings, and a number of well-appointed churches.

A quick walk north of downtown brings one to the Honesdale Residential Historic District, a National Register of Historic Places area. Here, a diverse collection of large and well-kept residential buildings fill both sides of North Main Street and surround a park and the public library. A book at the local historical society describes an architectural walking tour of this area.

Recent-ish film productions where you may have glimpsed downtown Honesdale: Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and Blue Valentine (2010).

(Mapped area represents downtown and not entire borough.)

Getting Here and Getting Around

US Route 6 and PA Route 191 are the main entry portals.

Lots of street parking throughout downtown and a park and shop lot in the middle of town, on Main Street. Parking around Central Park, between Church Street and Court Street is also available and often more plentiful.

Pet Friendly Notes

A couple places in town are accommodating to pets with doggy waste bags and certain frozen treat menu items available.

Nearby Places