STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A few years ago, Sarah Pomilio and her family vacationed in Alexandria, Virginia. There, they participated in a walking historical scavenger hunt.
“The kids really enjoyed it, and I thought it was a cool thing to bring back to our town,” Sarah Pomilio smiles.
Pomilio is now creating her own historical scavenger hunt for Stroudsburg. She’s spent countless hours digging into the borough’s history, and was suprised by what she learned.
“When I started looking through the articles, it was amazing how many fun things have happened down here. Things nobody ever knew about!” Pomilio adds.
Pomilio owns Ellie Mae’s Closet, a gently used kids clothing store in downtown Stroudsburg. She thinks this will be a great activity for families to do on and around Main Street. Others agree.
“It’s just amazing the history in this town. And since so many people come to visit, I think it will be a great opportunity for them to see our history here,” says Gail David of Gail’s Eatery on Main.
You’ll be able to pick up a map from several participating businesses. The map shows how to access all ten stops on the tour.
One stop is the old Penn Stroud Hotel, which is currently being restored. In its early days, the hotel hosted the Laurel Blossom Time Festival, which included an upscale beauty pageant. Queen Elsa was the first woman crowned in 1931.
“Which is fun for kids because Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is Queen Elsa as well,” Pomilio explains.
You’ll also visit a building with underground tunnels. In 1869, it was teetering into a deep hole formed during a nasty flood. Owners constructed underground arches to keep the structure upright.
“We have festivals and things like that down here, but that is only certain times of the year. This is something you can do anytime,” Pomilio says.
Pomilio hopes to have the activity ready for Stroud Fest and Labor Day weekend.