Re-Homing Heritage in Monroe County

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POCONO TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) –  Historic items that have been stored away for decades are getting dusted off for a new project in Monroe County.

Linford Werkheiser grew up in a quaint church along Route 611 in Pocono Township.

“My parents and grandparents attended the Church all their lives, really,” remembers Werkheiser.

St. Paul Lutheran Church was built in 1910 but closed 80 years later. Worship continued at a new location along Fish Hill Road in Tannersville.

“Because the congregation got so big, they needed more space,” explains Werkheiser.

Over the years the original Church was remodeled and housed several businesses, most recently a flower shop.  But Linford will forgot the original big red doors.

They’ve been stuffed in a basement for decades. But now, are leaving the building for the first time since 1910. The doors and a stain glass window are going on display at a new Heritage Center under construction at Mountain View Park in Tannersville.

“And it will house artifacts that have been sort of scattered all over the Township,” says Tony Farda. Heritage Society member.

Pocono Mountain School District students are also getting involved. High schoolers are painting historic images on bricks, to go on display at the Heritage Center.

“I think it’s interesting that people today are becoming more and more interested in what the history of the area was,” Werkheiser adds.

This “red door transport” is part of the Heritage Society’s continued celebration of Pocono Township’s upcoming bicentennial. The Heritage Center will be open for you to tour beginning November 20th.

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