Hawley Pennsylvania is tucked away in the heart of the mountain lakes region of PA. This quaint and inviting village is full of a rich and exciting history. Named for Irad Hawley, first president of the Pennsylvania Coal Company, this village is home to a number of notable lakes, golf courses and other recreational facilities as well as peaceful country inns and historic sites including the Hawley Silk Mill. In the early 1700′s Hawley’s primary industry was ice harvesting along with logging. These early settlers built a sawmill and the town began to grow as they sent the lumber down river to Philadelphia.
In the early 1800′s anthracite coal was discovered in nearby areas and Hawley once again had a boom in population. As the area began to grow and so did the village of Hawley in 1865 with the addition of the Erie Railroad the Hawley Silk Mill, Keystone glass and other textile industries began to set their sights on the river in Hawley to set up their factories. By the 20′s another wonderful and exciting development happened in the area to make it a vacation destination. PP&L began the development of the manmade Lake that we now know as Lake Wallenpaupack. Not only does it serve as a wonderful lake for boating, fishing, swimming, and a vast amount of winter activities it is also a source of hydroelectric power for the area.
Now a thriving place to visit with just over 500 households the village of Hawley and the surrounding lake region offer some of the finest antiques shops and unique specialty shops including The 84 Country Store the largest country store in the area and the now remodeled Hawley Silk Mill. But it doesn’t stop there take a trip down Church street in Hawley and visit Penny Lane Candies & Candles or Miss Elly’s Antiques and Such. Grab a bite to eat one of their fantastic restaurants like The Boat House or Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort or maybe just grab a cup of coffee and a sandwich at Cocoon before you head in to the Hawley Silk Mill to explore all the wonderful shops inside.
Hawley is also a wonderful place to stay with places like the Settlers Inn and Woodloch Pines Resort or try one of the areas many vacation rentals. With some much to do in the area including boating, swimming, fishing and hunting you may find yourself wishing that you lived here. Don’t worry they also have plenty of lake front homes for sale and many realtors ready to make your dreams of living in this wonderful area a reality.