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December 26 2004

Press Release: Public Opening of Wayne County’s Old Stone Jail

As a result of its local historic significance and the public’s interest, the Wayne County Historical Society will open to the public the county’s Old Stone Jail, which has stood between the county court house and 10th Street in Honesdale since 1859. The Old Stone Jail will be open from 00 to 12:00 AM, the first Saturday of the months of June, July, August, September, and July 23 of 2004. The last date is a Saturdays during which Greater Honesdale Partnership has planed a special event and many people are expected in Honesdale.

Volunteers, coordinated by Richard Kreitner, will be on site during the above times to welcome the public inside and to provide historical information about the building and the Wayne County Historical Society. If you would like to be a jail docent please contact Richard or Sally Talaga at 253-3240 or wchs<at>ptd.net.

Other jail museums exist, including the one in Jim Thorpe, PA, a popular tourist attraction. In 2001 it had 14,000 visitors and employed eleven high school students as summer docents.

The Commissioners of Wayne County made this possible in Wayne County by giving their approval to the Wayne County Historical Society to open this historic building to the public.

Wayne County Historical Society’s full schedule of events for 2004 can be viewed at www.WayneHistoryPa.org.