|The Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton was built in 1884.|
|A photo of me and great grandpop back in the day.|
|The train station during the day.|
|The train station, which now serves the public as a Radisson Hotel, is lit up at night.|
|The ticket counter located to the right of the entrance.|
|The leaded glass ceiling.|
|Beautiful woodwork in an area which leads to the elevators.|
|The hotel bar.|
Within walking distance from the Radisson, is a destination for those who are interested in learning more about the history and technology of steam railroading, Steamtown, located in downtown Scranton, is run by the National Park Service (NPS). The 65-acre site operates at the former Scranton yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W). NPS developed Steamtown by using existing portions of the Roundhouse (dating from 1902, 1917 and 1937), as part of the museum complex, adding to it a visitor center, a theater and a technology and history museum.
|A highlight of any trip to Steamtown is a ride on the vintage train. |
(Photos courtesy of the National Park Service.)
The 250-seat Surround Sound theater at Steamtown offers visitors a glimpse into the life of a railroader with its 18-minute film called “Steel and Steam.” The History Museum provides guests with a railroading timeline from the early days of rail through the 1980s. The technology museum houses a steam locomotive, caboose and boxcar and explores some of the more technical aspects of railroading from using steam, to operating signals and learning railroad jargon.
A highlight of the visit for many is the 30-minute ride on a vintage train.
To learn more about hours, prices and upcoming events, visit Steamtown’s website at https://www.nps.gov/stea/index.htm.
Lift a Glass to the Wineries
|The tasting room at Lucchi Family Wine Cellars.|
Scranton is home to several wineries and a meadery. Locate on Main Street is the Lucchi Family Wine Cellars located at 134 W. Main Avenue. Robert Lucchi is the son of the late Mario Lucchi and
Catherine Ravioli Lucchi. His parents immigrated from Bologna, Italy to settle
in Scranton in the early 1900’s where Robert learned by helping his father at a very
young age. Today, Robert and his son Mark work together to bring their award-winning wine to the public.
Further down the road a bit, in Dunmore, is Space Time Mead and Cider Works. President and winemaker Dan Schreffler has won several awards, including some won at the Mazer Cup International, which Schreffler calls the "Olympics of Mead."
|The tasting room at Space Time Mead and Cider Works.|
|This Vietnamese Mossy Frog is bound to scare the unsuspecting.|
|Mofongo with chicharron de pollo |
|Our delicious entrees at Frank's Place in Simpson, Pa. |
|Outside seating at Frank's Place. |