Sonestown, Pennsylvania

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Sonestown
Village
The former Williamsport and North Branch Railroad depot in the village of Sonestown, Davidson Township, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, USA
The former Williamsport and North Branch Railroad depot in the village of Sonestown, Davidson Township, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, USA
Sonestown is located in Pennsylvania
Sonestown
Sonestown
Coordinates: 41°21′13″N 76°33′15″W / 41.35361°N 76.55417°W / 41.35361; -76.55417Coordinates: 41°21′13″N 76°33′15″W / 41.35361°N 76.55417°W / 41.35361; -76.55417
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountySullivan
Founded byGeorge Sones
Population
 (1996)
 • Total200

In 1843, George Sones built a sawmill and founded the unincorporated village of Sonestown within what is now Davidson Township, Sullivan County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.[1][2] All of these events occurred before Sullivan County was formed from part of Lycoming County on March 14, 1847.[3] The bridge was built in 1850, and in the late 19th century Sonestown "boomed like crazy"[4] as the lumber industry grew in Sullivan County. The village was then home to a plant that manufactured the staves for making barrels. It had a clothespin factory from 1903 to 1929 but lost almost all industry by the 1930s. As of 1996, Sonestown had a population of about 200, most of whom commuted to work in Muncy, Montoursville, and Williamsport. In 1996 the village had a few stores, an inn with a restaurant, and attracted tourists and hunters.[4]

The Eagles Mere Railroad (1892-1928), a narrow-gauge line providing rail access to the resort town of Eagles Mere, had its southern terminus in Sonestown.

The village gives its name to Sonestown Covered Bridge, which is 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the village on Route 220.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Catherine (1996-12-08). "Covered Bridge to Reopen". Williamsport Sun-Gazette. p. A3.
  2. ^ Ingham, Thomas J. (1899). History of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania: Compendium of Biography. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Co. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  3. ^ "Sullivan County 8th class" (PDF). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved 2015-01-07. Note: Davidson Township was formed in 1833 from part of Shrewsbury Township while both were still part of Lycoming County.
  4. ^ a b Moore, Catherine (1996-12-08). "People not alone in liking Sonestown". Williamsport Sun-Gazette. pp. A2–3.