May 18, 2009
Scranton, PA -Steamtown National Historic Site will offer a 104-mile roundtrip excursion to the Delaware Water Gap for the "Founder's Day" celebration on Saturday, June 27. This excursion travels through a tunnel, along creeks and rivers, lakes and ponds and the beautiful Pocono Plateau through East Stroudsburg and passing nine railroad stations on its way to the historic town of Delaware Water Gap. The steam-powered excursion will depart the Steamtown NHS Boarding Platform at 9:00 a.m.
"Founder's Day," now in its fifth year, is a town-wide series of events held in honor of Antoine Dutot, who founded Dutotsburg, now Delaware Water Gap, in 1793. Some of the planned events include a classic car show, the "Arts in the Water Gap" fine arts and crafts show, bands, jazz and strolling musicians, and a "Rubber-Duck Race" for the children on Cherry Creek. The town is also host to a number of unique restaurants and dining establishments, and there be a free roving trolley and bus to all venues. After a 2-1/2 hour layover in town, the train departs at 3:00 p.m. for return to Scranton at approximately 5:15 p.m.
Ticket prices are $51.00 for adults 17 to 61 years old, $46.00 for ages 62 and older and $30.00 for children 6 to 16. Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required. Additionally, the excursion will stop to pick up passengers at the restored Cresco station at approximately 10:45 a.m. Roundtrip fares for the Cresco to Delaware Water Gap are $21.00 for adults 17 to 61 years old, $19 for ages 62 and older and $15.00 for children 6 to 16.
Excursion fares include the Park Entrance Fee. Reservations must be pre-paid, and tickets are non-refundable unless an excursion is cancelled by Park Management. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Phone (570) 340-5204 to purchase tickets 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391, or by visiting the Steamtown web site at www.nps.gov/stea.
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