DELAWARE WATER GAP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – You’re invited to visit a historic property in the Poconos to experience its rich past in-person. A self-guided walking tour has just been launched, and what you learn may surprise you.
In 1907, Castle Inn opened as the last great hotel built in Delaware Water Gap.
“This was the second most popular destination at least in the Northeast, possibly America, because of its accessibilty to New York and Philadelphia by train,” explains Frank Paccione, co-owner of Castle Inn.
The hotel served as a boxing training camp, hosting famous fighters like former heavyweight champ James Braddock.
Eventually, Fred Waring bought the property and converted it into a music publishing business called Shawnee Press.
“There is lots of history,” Paccione remarks.
Frank Paccione and his wife purchased the property in 2005, when it was closed and in need of repairs.
They re-created the old-fashioned ice cream parlour, added shops and retail, and converted former hotel rooms into rented office space. The original hotel lobby is now part an event hall.
“We have been trying to restore, refurbish, rejuvenate the property,” he explains.
You’re invited to take a self-guided tour through Castle Inn. All you’ll need is a smart device. Type in “TourTheCastle.com”, scroll all the way down, and it will take you through a series of ten stops.
The in-person walking tour takes about 40 minutes. The videos lead you inside and around the buildings.
“Hopefully you can come when the businesses are open so you can come in the building. But that’s not necessary, you can come at your leisure,” says Scott Fabian, IT consultant.
Breathing new life into a local gem, while remembering its colorful past.