Excursion to East Stroudsburg: Pickle Me Poconos

Steamtown National Historic Site


Adult (ages 12-61) $55.00; Senior (ages 62+) $50.00; Youth (ages 3-11) $33.00; Child (ages 2 and under) $1.00

Dates & Times


Saturday, October 5, 2024


10:00 AM


7 hours

Type of Event


Train ride will last approximately 2 hours; departing Steamtown at 10 a.m. and arriving to East Stroudsburg at 12 p.m. There will be a 3 hour layover at the East Stroudsburg Station for the event. Returning train ride will last approximately 2 hours; departing East Stroudsburg at 3 p.m. and arriving to Steamtown at 5 p.m.


In a pickle? Join the excursion to East Stroudsburg for the Pickle Me Poconos Festival! The festival will include pickle-themed food and beverages, vendors, activities, and so much more! Bring the family for a fun day and enjoy everything pickle!

East Stroudsburg Station Description and Details:

Travel over the Pocono mountains to East Stroudsburg. Enjoy your layover by exploring restaurants, shops, green spaces, and touring the old railroad switch tower.

History: For many years, present East Stroudsburg seemed to be a nonentity, referred to as "the village across the creek" from Stroudsburg. The borough owes its inception and growth to two driving forces: Robert Brown and the railroad.

Robert Brown, who was later commissioned a brigadier general in the Civil War, recognized the value of rail service. In 1854, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad needed a link to connect with another railroad at Warren, New Jersey. Brown, a visionary, encouraged the railroad to come to the east side of Brodhead's Creek. He sold them his land needed for the right-of-way for one dollar. As part of the contract, Brown stipulated that every passenger train should make a stop in the village. Having succeeded in bringing the railroad to the community, he affixed his signature to a petition for the incorporation of East Stroudsburg.

The first railroad station was built in 1856 on the corner of present-day Washington and Crystal Streets. On May 13th of that year, the first passenger train stopped there while on its way from Philadelphia to Scranton.

The East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower was built in 1908 when the DL&W was making improvements and continued to function into the mid-1980s. By the year 1914, there were more than 4,000 railroad towers across the United States, many of which were made from concrete. The East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower is the only wooden tower still standing along DL&Ws route, and one of very few still standing in the United States. Passengers with an eye for detail may notice the remains of four concrete towers along the excursion route between Steamtown and East Stroudsburg.

Amenities: Limited restroom facilities are available at the destination. Food and refreshiments are available for purchase at local vendors and restaurants upon arrival.

Reservation or Registration: Yes

To purchase tickets: scroll down the webpage and select the green "Make Reservation or Register" button below. If the link does not appear, visit: www.recreation.gov and search "Steamtown National Historic Site" to select the appropriate station or date associated with event. Purchasing tickets in advance through recreation.gov is strongly encouraged.
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