Hometown. Small. Quiet. Pretty. These are words I use to describe Hawley.
Located in the northern Pocono Mountains, Hawley is just a little village. Main Street is only about 4 blocks long. The population of the borough (town proper) was 1,211 at the time of the 2010 census. Surrounding areas such as parts of Palmyra Township, Paupack Township, Blooming Grove Township, and Lackawaxen Township are included in the Hawley 18428 zip code.
I grew up 5 miles east of Hawley in Lackawaxen Township, out in the woods…but even so, Hawley is my home town. Back in the days of my childhood, the library was only open three days a week for just a few hours. Bingham Park was my favorite part of town (still is.) Now there is also the Riverside Park & Riverside Trail. Endeavors are underway to add a dog park, which will be wonderful (at least my Trixie thinks so.) My husband presented me with my engagement ring in the famous Hawley gazebo (The Bandstand.) You truly knew everyone, and they knew you.
Ever Changing Yet Still The Same
While the bakery, fish market, department store and paper store are long gone, new businesses have come in to take their place. Teeter’s Furniture, a town anchor, remains healthy and vibrant after more than a century in business. Pat’s Bar still serves their beloved Pat Burgers. The Hawley Diner still serves up the “Best Breakfast in the Poconos” and gives a definite “Welcome to Hawley PA” vibe to all who visit.
Oh, did you know Marisa Tomei starred in a film made in Hawley? Yes, good old Playing for Keeps – filmed in Hawley, Honesdale, and the surrounding area. It is a typical 1980s “teen power” flick (i.e. – it’s pretty bad) but some of us still like to whip it out to impress strangers.
If you’re looking for exciting city life, you won’t find it here. If you want big box stores and chain restaurants, you will have to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for something like Mayberry, or a Norman Rockwell experience, Hawley may be just the ticket.
Hawley Homes for Sale – interested in the Hawley PA real estate market? Check out my Hawley PA Homes page here.
Images of Hawley PA
Finally, check out some of my favorite pictures of Hawley, followed by a promotional video created by the Downtown Hawley Partnership to showcase our lovely town.
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The Santa Express – Stourbridge Line runs from Honesdale to Hawley (and also to Lackawaxen!)
One of the many shows to play at The Ritz Company Playhouse
A stunning sunset on Lake Wallenpaupack
Church St. Hawley PA
The Trading Post souvenir shop on Main Ave. Here’s a great story from our local News Eagle on the history of The Trading Post!
I love the Ritz marquee!
Trixie the Famous Black Lab taking in some sights at the annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown!
Intersection of Church St & Main Ave – see the spire of the Hawley United Methodist Church & the tower of Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Formerly the First National Bank of Hawley, now Ravyn & Robyn Food & Wine – lovely flower boxes and a beautiful building! Enjoy great food, jazz musicians, and other cool things!
Everyone who grew up in Hawley spent time around (or under) this railroad trestle!
The Hawley Public Library has expanded so much over the years!
Cocoon Coffee House by the Silk Mill.
Please enjoy this video produced for the Downtown Hawley Partnership – and don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in buying a home in or near Hawley / Lake Wallenpaupack!