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    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown NHS Plans Trip to “Founder’s Day” Event at the Delaware Water Gap

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Date: May 29, 2012
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244

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 30. 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 excursion will be powered by historic diesel locomotives, will depart the Steamtown NHS Boarding Platform at 9:00 a.m., and is scheduled to arrive at Delaware Water Gap at 11:45 a.m.

"Founder's Day," now in its ninth 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/custom car show, a fine arts and crafts show, bands, and jazz and strolling musicians. The town is also host to a number of unique restaurants and dining establishments, and there will be a free roving trolley and bus to all venues. After a 3 hour layover in town, the train departs at 3:00 p.m. for return to Scranton at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $54.00 for adults 16 to 61 years old, $49.00 for ages 62 and older and $32.00 for children 6 to 15. Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required. Excursion fares include the Park Entrance Fee. Reservations must be pre-paid, and tickets are non-refundable unless Park Management cancels an excursion. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Phone (570) 340-5204 to purchase tickets, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the brown and white signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. The complete 2012 Excursion Schedule is available to view and print online at www.nps.gov/stea; additional general park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website anytime!

 

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