William Penn founded Pennsylvania with the unique intent that the land would be religiously free. Penn called this his “Holy Experiment.”
The land of Monroe county is acquired in The Walking Purchase. Two of the three men that ran in the purchase died from exhaustion.
The Village of Tannersville, where the local government buildings are located, was settled in approximately by John Larner and his family, originally under the name Pocono Point. Larner also built Learned’s Tavern in this time.
Major General Sullivan lead a march north from Pennsylvania, using Learned’s Tavern as a way stop, to attack the Iroquois Indians. Sullivan’s Trail would later become PA Route 115.
The Larner family are made victim to migrating Indians. All members of the family are lost to the Larner Family Massacre, except John Larner Jr., who continued the cycle of violence.
Pocono Township was chartered, taking its name from the Indian word “Pocohanne,” meaning a stream between two mountains. and its first school was created.
A second school was created, located at Bulger’s Run.
Pocono Township’s population rose to 564. Many of the early settlers came from Germany through Bucks County, which lies to the south of Pocono Township.
The first hotel in the area, Manasseh Miller’s Hotel, is built, signifying the beginning the tourism industry in Tannersville. Today the hotel is known as the Legendary Tannersville Inn.
William Kresge opened the first post office, it began as an addition to a residential home, but grew with the population of Tannersville.
Monroe county was officially created. Originally, the county of Northampton included Monroe, as well as modern Wayne, Pike, Lehigh, and Carbon counties.
The town name was officially changed from Pocono Point to Tannersville, due to the significance of the tanning industry.
The Tannersville Methodist Episcopal Church was built.
Township officials attempt to have County officials classify Tannersville as a borough, however the request is denied.
The two story, four room Bell School was created under the charge of M.S. Warner and Horace Keeler. The school was originally granted $202.75 by the state for operation.
The first appearance of the Glenwood Hall Band, which played at parades, churches, and community events until it was disbanded in 1943.
The Reformed Church is established. In 1935, it was renamed the Grace United Church of Christ, when the Reformed Church in the United States merged with the Evangelical Synod of North America to become the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
The St. Paul Lutheran Church is relocated to where Route 611 will be built.
In October, Tannersville resident and marine Robert Mader was killed in action in France during WWI.
The new, concrete Lackawanna Trail was completed through town, replacing the century old Belmont Pike dirt road. Also, a new fire tower was built on Big Pocono and a new picnic grove on the Raish farm. The Emma Singer graduates, becoming the first high graduate of Tannersville, and Milo Kistler, a pillar of the community, passes away.
Class of five students from the newly erected Pocono Consolidated School become the first graduating class of Tannersville. That school graduated students through 1961 and, during those 37 years, sent a total of 726 grads into the ‘real world’.
Tannersville resident, Clara Adams, or the “Maiden of Maiden Flights,” becomes the first paying customer to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The she rode aboard the Graf Zeppelin.
The Pocono Township Fire Department is established.
The three lane route 611 is completed.
In March, Bartonsville resident Dick Beehler was killed-in-action in Germany during WWII.
Our Lady of Victory Mission Church, on Route 611, is dedicated to Tannersville by Bishop Hafey. This is the first Catholic church in Tannersville.
The first ski run on Big Pocono was built, this was only the second ski resort to be built in all of Pennsylvania. This resort has since become Camelback Ski Resort.
The Flood of ‘55 dumped up to 22 inches on Mount Pocono, after hurricanes Connie and Diane struck North East Pennsylvania in the same week. Twenty bridges were destroyed and millions of dollars in property damage occured in Monroe county alone. Ultimately seventy local lives were lost.
Interstate 80, or the Keystone Shortway, was completed.
Pocono Township’s population rose to 1,870.
The old Pocono Consolidated School closed and the new Pocono Elementary Center opened on Warner Road.
The St. Paul Lutheran Church is relocated for the second time to Fish Hill Road.
The Pocono Manor Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Pocono Township population is 11,210 – an astounding 660% increase over the past 40 years!
Pocono Township celebrates its Bicentennial by opening the Pocono Heritage Center, where cultural, historical, and educational events are held.