The Monroe County Historical Association houses a local history museum and library.
It is in the stately Stroud Mansion, a 12-room house on Main Street that was built in 1795 by Jacob Stroud, a Revolutionary War colonel who founded Stroudsburg in 1799. The house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, remained in the family until 1893.
The Stroud Mansion museum offers four floors of exhibit space highlighting the history of Monroe County. [Note: Only the first floor is open to visitors by guided tours during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.] Permanent exhibits include artifacts that span local history, from the time of the native Americans to the present day. Specialized collections and exhibits rotate throughout the year, focusing on the social, cultural, political, and economic life of Monroe County.
Featured rooms include an authentic Colonial-era cellar kitchen, the early 18th Century Stroud Room, and a Victorian parlor, as well as a tool and weapons room, the antique toy room, and a textile collection.
Portraits displayed throughout the building include figures of local and national interest.
The Stroud Mansion also houses the Elizabeth D. Walters Library, which has an extensive and unique collection of genealogical materials and local history resources. The library includes family files, census reports, church records, cemetery listings, newspaper clippings and more. Maps, indentures, family Bibles and other primary documents are also available to researchers.
You can take an interactive journey through the historic building and its museum exhibits here.
Mansion tours occur daily at 11 am and 2 pm. They say that appointments are recommended, so give them a call first.