December 1 2007


The Wayne County Historical Society will sponsor a bus trip on Sunday, June 10, 2007 to Historic Speedwell and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, located in Morris County, NJ. The bus will leave the Route 6 Plaza in Honesdale at 8 am and return to the Plaza around 6 pm.

The day begins with a guided tour of Speedwell, the “Birthplace of the Telegraph,” and a National Historic Landmark Site. This restored homestead was the estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works in the early to mid-19th century. The tour includes the factory where Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail (Stephen’s son) worked to perfect the telegraph, which was first publicly demonstrated on this site on January 11, 1838. Exhibits in the Homestead Carriage House chronicle Speedwell Iron Works’ and New Jersey’s role in the Industrial Revolution. A tour of the Vail House, restored to the 1840 period and a stop at the Museum Store will round out the morning’s activities.

The next stop will be Fosterfields Living Historical Farm for a box lunch consisting of the following

· Oven-roasted turkey breast, cream cheese, cranberry chutney and field greens served on a multi-grain roll.
· OR Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, honey mustard, leaf lettuce and field greens served on a freshly-baked country roll.
· OR Roasted eggplant, zucchini, red pepper, caramelized onions, balsamic vinaigrette and Parmesan cheese in an herbed tortilla wrap.

Each sandwich selection comes with a side salad, seasonal fruit, homemade cookie and bottled water.

Lunch will be followed by a guided tour of a farm once owned by Charles Foster and his daughter Caroline. Museum staff will interpret the lives and roles of farm laborers. At the restored farmhouse visitors will experience the role the farm foreman and his family played. A tour of their home will give a glimpse of the Fosters’ Victorian lifestyle. The Willlows, a wonderful example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture, was built in 1854 by Joseph Warren Revere, grandson of Paul Revere. It has been restored to the 1880-1910 period. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

The price for the trip (including lunch) is $60 for WCHS members, $65 for non-members and a special price of $55 for new members that includes a year’s WCHS membership. Deadline for reservations is June 1, 2007.

For reservations, visit the Wayne County Historical Society at 810 Main St., Honesdale, Wednesday through Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm; call 570-253-3240 to reserve by Visa or MasterCard; or send your check to WCHS, PO Box 446, Honesdale, PA 18431. Include your name, address, phone number, email address and lunch selection. Reservations will not be accepted without payment, and refunds cannot be made for cancellations after June 1. For more information, contact Gloria McCullough at 570-253-3240 or