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Honesdale -- more specifically, the county seat of Wayne County -- is the precise location of the birth of the American railroad. The first steam locomotive, the Stourbridge Lion, built in Stourbridge, England, was brought across the sea and set up on the tracks of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company in Honesdale in 1829. An exact replica can now be seen at the Wayne County Historical Building on Main Street. The original train is in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Throughout the year, visitors can board the Stourbridge Line Railroad at the Visitors Center and enjoy a variety of excursions from Honesdale to Lackawaxen or Hawley. Trips include scenic tours during the fall foliage season, dinner/theatre and shopping/sightseeing excursions and the interactive "Great Train Robbery" excursion.
The restored Victorian town of Hawley along the Lackawaxen River offers special events throughout the year, theatre productions and shopping. Antiquing is a favorite activity in Wayne County with more than 45 dealers to visit. The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary and Glass Museum offers hiking trails, summer outdoor concert series, art shows and a collection of over 600 pieces of Dorflinger glass which graced the tables of Presidents Lincoln to Wilson.
Wayne County has more lakes than any other county in Pennsylvania. So bring your rod - the trout, bass, walleyes, pickerel, muskies and salmon are biting.