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Returning Home from a Pocono Mountains Weekend Part 1

We stopped at two overlooks, located between Scranton PA and Towanda PA along U.S. Route 6, on our way home on Monday, May 8, from our Pocono Mountains Weekend Getaway

Our first stop was at the Wyalusing Rocks Scenic Overlook. According to an Internet site, Wyalusing Rocks Scenic Overlook is located 500 ft. above the Susquehanna River.  This location was used by the Iroquois Indians as a signaling point.

Wyalusing Rocks Scenic Overlook
Susquehanna River

The river was swollen and muddy from abundant rainfall.  I’m sure this scene looks very different, when the river clears and the sky is blue.

Our second stop was at the Marie Antoinette Lookout. The Marie Antoinette Lookout offers a panoramic view of the mountains, the Susquehanna River the French Azilum, and a French refugee settlement that was built sometime in the late 1700s or early 1800s.

There is a historical marker at the lookout that details the story of the French settlement. The marker reads as follows: A settlement of French royalists, who fled the French Revolution in 1793, was established in the valley directly opposite this marker. It was laid out and settled under the direction of Viscount de Noailles and Marquis Antoine Omer Talon. It was hoped that Queen Marie Antoinette might here find safety.

Marie Antoinette Lookout
The stonework on the walls and towers were impressive. (photo by Bob)

Our next stop on our drive back home was at a covered bridge near Towanda, PA — the subject of my next blog post.

2 Responses to “Returning Home from a Pocono Mountains Weekend Part 1”

  1. DeniseinVA

    Beautiful photos and the Marie Antoinette lookout is a great look out. I was wondering why they called it Marie Antoinette and then you gave its history. Thanks for that, I love learning these things.

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