Ludolph Hensel

Ludolph Hensel

My Life in America Before, During and After the Civil War I am writing a fictional history that revolves around the Shohola Train Wreck of 1864. (I will keep you informed on the progress.) The writers group PencilsNEPA has been…

The Round House Mystery of Baoba

The Round House Mystery of Baoba

Back in May of 2013 I wrote an article about the Round House in Lackawaxen. It is a significant structure that lay in ruins in what appears to have been a village, a community, something more than just a nice…

Pocono Secrets Podcast

Pocono Secrets Podcast

Now you can get your Pocono Secrets wherever you find your favorite podcasts. (hosted on Anchor) These stories run approximately ten minutes in length. In revisiting old articles and updating information, the podcast format allows for expansion on a topic….

Washington Irving

Washington Irving

Creator of Christmas Traditions In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, gent., a collection of essays and stories. The book includes “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow” about a headless horseman riding through an area which…

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE OF OUR NATURE

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE OF OUR NATURE

November is a time for being Thankful. The name Pocono is derived from a Delaware Indian word (pohoqualin), which means “stream between mountains” in reference to the Delaware River. Ironically, that which divides us also unites us. The Delaware River basin has…

The Great Shohola Train Wreck of the Civil War

The Great Shohola Train Wreck of the Civil War

By the summer of 1864, while union troops were advancing deeply into Georgia, northern prisons were overflowing with confederate prisoners   The Erie railroad was enlisted to help move prisoners from point lookout Maryland to Elmira, New York. On July 15…

Simon Ward

Simon Ward

Car Enthusiast and International Artist The Community Tapestry NEPA Project attracted 30 artists – families, children, first-timers displaying their art, established artists showcasing their work or sharing inspirational messages. One artist is Simon Ward. Simon is an internationally known artist…

Lackawaxen Roebling Bridge

Lackawaxen Roebling Bridge

I had posted a photo of the Roebling Bridge on Instagram and someone then inquired about its history. I searched PoconoSecrets.com for a past article and realized I had only mentioned it several times but never wrote a specific article…

Local Native Influence

Local Native Influence

Local Native Influence Have you ever wondered about the source of the name of a town you’ve traveled through or live in? The Pocono area was once rich in Native American culture. Much of the influence has disappeared. Although, there…

Hawley Library

Hawley Library

It’s February, time for LOVE…  Love of words, books, community and learning. Time to renew your relationship with your local library! Meet Amy Keane, the new Hawley Library Director. Amy grew up in Greeley, attended WAHS and Penn State. She…