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Eddy Geldens Eddy Geldens from San Francisco, CA wrote on March 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm:
My uncle Al Law used to take me and my sisters Ruthie and Diane Geldens and my mother Ruth to the park for a picnic and a swim. As part of a divorce settlement my father had to send us to live with our mother for a mother every summer for about 3 years. Me and my cousin "little al" Law used explore the shore collecting soda bottles for pocket money. One year we all spent some weeks in a rented cottage. This time was around 1965-67 I don't recall a big roller coaster, but I do remember there was an abandoned drive in screen. I love reading about the history of the park because I remember enjoying hot summer days swimming and playing at the lake.
My uncle Al Law used to take me and my sisters Ruthie and Diane Geldens and my mother Ruth to the park for a picnic and a swim. As part of a divorce settlement my father had to send us to live with our mother for a mother every summer for about 3 years. Me and my cousin "little al" Law used explore the shore collecting soda bottles for pocket money. One year we all spent some weeks in a rented cottage. This time was around 1965-67 I don't recall a big roller coaster, but I do remember there was an abandoned drive in screen. I love reading about the history of the park because I remember enjoying hot summer days swimming and playing at the lake.
Ed Kodish Ed Kodish from Lake Sheridan Pa wrote on March 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm:
Just as my parents enjoyed the lake I also enjoyed it. Growing up in this area was a wonderful experience, I shall never forget the memories I had their. I can be found there at Joes Grotto on a Saturday with my family. Thank you, The Kodish Family
Just as my parents enjoyed the lake I also enjoyed it. Growing up in this area was a wonderful experience, I shall never forget the memories I had their. I can be found there at Joes Grotto on a Saturday with my family. Thank you, The Kodish Family
Terri Corgan Conway Terri Corgan Conway from NEPA wrote on February 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm:
The Harvey Barn is for sale. It was built in 1832 by Jameson Harvey. It has been well preserved. It stands on it's original site in West Nanticoke but can be relocated.Check it out on Facebook.
The Harvey Barn is for sale. It was built in 1832 by Jameson Harvey. It has been well preserved. It stands on it's original site in West Nanticoke but can be relocated.Check it out on Facebook.
Ed Ed from Medina, Ohio wrote on February 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm:
Some of my most fondest memories were spent at the north side of the lake in the 50's and early 60's. My uncle had a boat dock in that area. He used to take us out on his Chris Craft speed boat for fast fun rides. Afterwards we would go to ride the merry-go-round at the amusement park. Great Times!
Some of my most fondest memories were spent at the north side of the lake in the 50's and early 60's. My uncle had a boat dock in that area. He used to take us out on his Chris Craft speed boat for fast fun rides. Afterwards we would go to ride the merry-go-round at the amusement park. Great Times!
Greg Noll Greg Noll from York, PA wrote on February 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm:
I have in my possession a book titled "A History of the United States Secret Service" authored by General L. C. Baker circa 1867. It has a hand written name on the front pages of Benjamin Harvey. The dates do not match up with the original Benjamin Harvey. Was there a second Benjamin Harvey and where can I find some history of him ?
I have in my possession a book titled "A History of the United States Secret Service" authored by General L. C. Baker circa 1867. It has a hand written name on the front pages of Benjamin Harvey. The dates do not match up with the original Benjamin Harvey. Was there a second Benjamin Harvey and where can I find some history of him ?
Brian Orbin Brian Orbin from Harvey's Lake, PA wrote on February 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm:
I love Harvey's Lake and I am fascinated with the history of the lake! I don't live right on the like but I do live close, close enough to ride my bike there every day after school. I have ridden my bike around the whole lake 26 times, and have ridden about 1,200 miles on my bike at the lake, I usually ride to Grotto Pizza and usually am dressed in costume, I am famous at Harvey's Lake from dressing up, I usally am dressed as an American Indian, Santa, a hobo, a goat, a super hero, a tourist, the grim reaper or a ghost! I could tell you all about the history of the lake for hours, I have been to Hanson's and its a shame how bad it is, Im a star on youtube (my name on youtube is coinboy1998) and hopefully when I become famous someday and... Read more
I love Harvey's Lake and I am fascinated with the history of the lake! I don't live right on the like but I do live close, close enough to ride my bike there every day after school. I have ridden my bike around the whole lake 26 times, and have ridden about 1,200 miles on my bike at the lake, I usually ride to Grotto Pizza and usually am dressed in costume, I am famous at Harvey's Lake from dressing up, I usally am dressed as an American Indian, Santa, a hobo, a goat, a super hero, a tourist, the grim reaper or a ghost! I could tell you all about the history of the lake for hours, I have been to Hanson's and its a shame how bad it is, Im a star on youtube (my name on youtube is coinboy1998) and hopefully when I become famous someday and I become rich off of the songs im writing and/or my youtube videos I want to buy Hanson's and re-open it! Yes I will still call it Hanson's. Im so upset over the fact that they took down the last of the speed hound, part of the dance hall and the last of the ferris wheel recently. Today I was just at the site of the Hotel Oneonta and the Shawanese Post Office and its terrible that the Hotel Oneonta had to burn down on February 2, 1919, I would have loved to have been there. I really like the pictures and videos that are on this web site! Also I travel to all of the historical sites at the lake on my bike. I have been bike riding at the lake for almost half of my life and I really love Harvey's Lake! I hope to get in contact with the people that run this web site so I can find out more info.
Jennifer Evans Jennifer Evans from Harveys Lake wrote on January 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm:
It seems that as I write this, The last standing structures of Hanson's are coming down. Yesterday when I drove by, they had torn down the last of the frame of the roller coaster, and were starting on the restaurant/ dance hall. Happy, to see the mess it has become go. Sad, because I have fun memories of the place. Townhouses coming soon?? It would have been so nice if they could have turned it into a park for all to enjoy.
It seems that as I write this, The last standing structures of Hanson's are coming down. Yesterday when I drove by, they had torn down the last of the frame of the roller coaster, and were starting on the restaurant/ dance hall. Happy, to see the mess it has become go. Sad, because I have fun memories of the place. Townhouses coming soon?? It would have been so nice if they could have turned it into a park for all to enjoy.
Uwe Fisher Uwe Fisher from Morrisville, NC wrote on December 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm:
Thanks for the memories and sharing the story of the lake. Spent sometime there while growing up in Wilkes-Barre.
Thanks for the memories and sharing the story of the lake. Spent sometime there while growing up in Wilkes-Barre.
Karen (Eike) Swetland Karen (Eike) Swetland from Clearfield,Pa wrote on October 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm:
I loved Harvey's Lake when i was a chikld my Nana and BeBop got a cottage for the summers there and all the grandchildren went there and had so much fun especially hansen's picnic grove with the merry go round that you could get the golden ring and win a prize that was the best thing about it and the rollercoasters we had friends there that used to water ski there and one friend last name was Davis i remember he was a professional waterskiier for cyprus gardens in florida loved the summers there so much it was the best time of my life.
I loved Harvey's Lake when i was a chikld my Nana and BeBop got a cottage for the summers there and all the grandchildren went there and had so much fun especially hansen's picnic grove with the merry go round that you could get the golden ring and win a prize that was the best thing about it and the rollercoasters we had friends there that used to water ski there and one friend last name was Davis i remember he was a professional waterskiier for cyprus gardens in florida loved the summers there so much it was the best time of my life.
Linda Tyson Linda Tyson from Brogue Pa wrote on August 18, 2012 at 9:34 am:
I was doing family history of my grandmother Margaret Pearl Harvey/Long and found out through the searching that Benjamin Harvey found the lake and was named after him. I knew the lake was named after my relatives but finally found out this morning the story behind it. Then upon more research found this site. It is wonderful that you maintain this site.
I was doing family history of my grandmother Margaret Pearl Harvey/Long and found out through the searching that Benjamin Harvey found the lake and was named after him. I knew the lake was named after my relatives but finally found out this morning the story behind it. Then upon more research found this site. It is wonderful that you maintain this site.
Jack Bulman Jack Bulman from Harvey lake PA wrote on August 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm:
Grew up in Wilkes Barre .spent most of me summers a the lake. I now back at the lake full time, and loving it.
Grew up in Wilkes Barre .spent most of me summers a the lake. I now back at the lake full time, and loving it.
Tom Cerulllo Tom Cerulllo from German, NY wrote on June 26, 2012 at 9:27 am:
I used to go to Harvey's Lake every summer from 1955 to 1967. I loved the roller coaster and the dark tunnel. Bumper cars and Sandy beach until that closed earlier. Many memories and laughs we had there.
I used to go to Harvey's Lake every summer from 1955 to 1967. I loved the roller coaster and the dark tunnel. Bumper cars and Sandy beach until that closed earlier. Many memories and laughs we had there.
BillPhillips BillPhillips from Land O' Lakes, Florida wrote on May 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm:
Hi all, I was born in Wilkes-Barre, attended Saint Marys and kings College. I have many fond memories of Harveys lake. As youngsters my friend and neighbor Billy Kaiser and I spent time at his parents cottage in Warden place. I spent almost every weekend at Hansons beach with other friends. On the way home we would rent a horse at Sunset riding stabel. I rode that roller coaster maby 5 times a day. Hansons had a Cres Craftboat called Bermudiana, which I thought was the finest boat ever made. I did get to ride on it once. Other years spent time at the outlet and Sandy Beach. I have been told that my great grandfather was instrumental in building 2 of the steam powered ferry boats. I do remember one being pointed out to me circa 1948 somewhere between Warden place and Smith's Flying, however it was beached and... Read more
Hi all, I was born in Wilkes-Barre, attended Saint Marys and kings College. I have many fond memories of Harveys lake. As youngsters my friend and neighbor Billy Kaiser and I spent time at his parents cottage in Warden place. I spent almost every weekend at Hansons beach with other friends. On the way home we would rent a horse at Sunset riding stabel. I rode that roller coaster maby 5 times a day. Hansons had a Cres Craftboat called Bermudiana, which I thought was the finest boat ever made. I did get to ride on it once. Other years spent time at the outlet and Sandy Beach. I have been told that my great grandfather was instrumental in building 2 of the steam powered ferry boats. I do remember one being pointed out to me circa 1948 somewhere between Warden place and Smith's Flying, however it was beached and listing to one side. Thanks for taking the time and much effort to present this material to us who can probably only contrebute a line or two!
Dennis McKendry Dennis McKendry from Harrisburg, pa wrote on May 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm:
My grandfather built our cottage at the lake in 1936. It's great to see my uncle Tom Dennis name in the "lake swimmer" records. Great memories of these past events. Thanks for theveffort in putting this history in one place.
My grandfather built our cottage at the lake in 1936. It's great to see my uncle Tom Dennis name in the "lake swimmer" records. Great memories of these past events. Thanks for theveffort in putting this history in one place.
Ken Payer Ken Payer from Pittsburgh, Pa. wrote on April 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm:
I was born and raised in the Wyoming Valley (Kingston)---lived there for 34 years---have many great childhood, teen and early adult memories of beautiful Harvey's Lake--remember so well Sandy Beach, the drive-in theater, Hanson's Amusement Park, the teen-year dances, etc.----always be a part of my life and my wife who also was from that region!
I was born and raised in the Wyoming Valley (Kingston)---lived there for 34 years---have many great childhood, teen and early adult memories of beautiful Harvey's Lake--remember so well Sandy Beach, the drive-in theater, Hanson's Amusement Park, the teen-year dances, etc.----always be a part of my life and my wife who also was from that region!
Louis palmasano Louis palmasano from New York city wrote on March 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm:
When I grew up there in the 60's, 70's and early 80's harveys lake rocked. I remember my aunt taking me to seeing Chubby Checker and the Four Seasons at Hansons Park when I was about 5 years old, I also remember her taking me to see the Beatles Movie Help @ the Sandy Beach Drive in Movie Theater. When I was younger I use to work @ Sandy Beach picking up the trash every morning @ 6am and parking cars. What brought down Harvey's Lake was the end of the public beachs . During the summer cars would be double parked all around the lake and up every side street. Very depressing that after everyone taxes were raised to install a swear line around the lake in the 70's that only people with lake front property have access to it.
When I grew up there in the 60's, 70's and early 80's harveys lake rocked. I remember my aunt taking me to seeing Chubby Checker and the Four Seasons at Hansons Park when I was about 5 years old, I also remember her taking me to see the Beatles Movie Help @ the Sandy Beach Drive in Movie Theater. When I was younger I use to work @ Sandy Beach picking up the trash every morning @ 6am and parking cars. What brought down Harvey's Lake was the end of the public beachs . During the summer cars would be double parked all around the lake and up every side street. Very depressing that after everyone taxes were raised to install a swear line around the lake in the 70's that only people with lake front property have access to it.
Tom Hammond Tom Hammond from Canton, Ohio wrote on February 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm:
Hello. I am trying to find information on the family of Daniel Cogwell Roberts, businessman and philanthropist who lived at Harvey's Lake until his death in June, 1940. Thanks for any help!
Hello. I am trying to find information on the family of Daniel Cogwell Roberts, businessman and philanthropist who lived at Harvey's Lake until his death in June, 1940. Thanks for any help!
D DePrimo D DePrimo from Harveys Lake wrote on February 8, 2012 at 3:09 am:
I live, and breath HarveysLake , i love where i live but my only question is what happened!!=( It looks like Harveys was so much more fun back in the day than it is now. Upseting
I live, and breath HarveysLake , i love where i live but my only question is what happened!!=( It looks like Harveys was so much more fun back in the day than it is now. Upseting
Marilynn Ramsay Marilynn Ramsay from Roswell, NM wrote on February 3, 2012 at 12:29 am:
I was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA and spent many fun times at Harvey's Lake as a child. My memories could fill a book and this website has just enhanced them. Thanks so much.
I was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA and spent many fun times at Harvey's Lake as a child. My memories could fill a book and this website has just enhanced them. Thanks so much.
Joserph Lerner Joserph Lerner from Cookeville, Tennessee wrote on January 24, 2012 at 4:52 am:
I was born in Wilkes-Barre and lived in Plymiuth until the mines folded. Moved to New Brunswick, NJ in 1956; graduated Rutgers; was dean of Arts & Sciences at Tennessee Tech Univ until retired. Harvey's Lake brings back wonderful memories of childhood. The sandy beaches; the cool evenings; the great friends--we played all day and into the evenings. It's so sad that the older generation is gone. Now it all exists in my memory; my grandchildren don't have any interest in seeing the lake! They have their own frontiers. I still have friends in the area like Carol who lives at the lake. We just had a reunion birthday party of kids that went to Plymouth schools that don't exist anymore. The party was for us 70-year olds.
I was born in Wilkes-Barre and lived in Plymiuth until the mines folded. Moved to New Brunswick, NJ in 1956; graduated Rutgers; was dean of Arts & Sciences at Tennessee Tech Univ until retired. Harvey's Lake brings back wonderful memories of childhood. The sandy beaches; the cool evenings; the great friends--we played all day and into the evenings. It's so sad that the older generation is gone. Now it all exists in my memory; my grandchildren don't have any interest in seeing the lake! They have their own frontiers. I still have friends in the area like Carol who lives at the lake. We just had a reunion birthday party of kids that went to Plymouth schools that don't exist anymore. The party was for us 70-year olds.