scranton family history

The destination today was Scranton PA and the purpose to visit several places that are relevant to my friend Carleen’s family history. The first destination was the Lackawanna Historical Society, located near the university. Unfortunately it was closed on a Monday, what a shame.


The second destination was the cathedral cemetery. The lady there couldn’t have been more helpful, she found old records dating back to the early 20th century and were able to locate several plots using a couple of truly old maps. One was so old that it was almost undecipherable and was laminated to preserve its condition.


The cemetery also had a section for the military. There was a plaque with a few verses of the poem Bivouac of the Dead and many, many US flags. Quite moving.


At St Joseph’s we visited the chapel. The building was originally an orphanage and is now a medical centre for the mentally disabled, women and families. I took a couple of pics of the chapel because I knew mm will like them.

We also drove around to two locations where the family lived. One of the houses is no longer there, that part of the street having been demolished to make way for the highway. The houses were quaint and for the most part well maintained. However if we weren’t there for a specific purpose, there wasn’t much that Scranton can offer.

Overnight at a Hampton Inn along the road, around 45mins to our destination tomorrow.