BARRETT TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A well-known resort in the Poconos has been demolished, but its history still stands. Artifacts from The Inn at Buck Hill Falls are on display, and you’re invited to see them in person.
J.R. Robbins shows us around a new pop-up museum honoring The Inn at Buck Hill Falls.
“The Inn was the nucleus of this community and it brought people from New York City and Philadelphia and abroad,” he explains.
You’ll see costumes worn by performers during plays and musicals, plus a projector that allowed guests to experience first-run films. There’s also old photos and furniture.
“It’s basically the culmination of 100 years of Buck Hill history,” Robbins explains.
The museum is located in what was the bowling alley. “It’s one of the last surviving rooms on the Inn property,” Robbins remarks.
The Inn was built in 1901 and overtime flourished into a 500 room resort. “I would imagine in the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s it was the grandest hotel in the Poconos,” Robbins smiles.
But the resort started losing its shine around the ’70s and eventually closed in 1991. It stood empty, and became run-down with time.
“Society changed as people’s vacation habits changed,” Robbins explains.
The Inn was demolished last year and the property has been converted into open space. A large fireplace from the East Room was preserved and is still used today.
The Inn may be gone, but the cottage community around it still thrives. “There’s still lots of activities here that bring people back year after year,” Robbins adds.
Securing the future, while remembering the past.
The pop-up museum is open every Sunday through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s free and open to the public. The museum is located across the street from where the Inn stood.