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The Inn at Pocono Manor – known to local residents as “The Grand Lady of the Mountains” – has earned a coveted designation on the National Registry of Historic Places.
 
We have been welcoming guests since 1902 and know everything it takes to provide guests with a true mountain resort experience — comfortable accommodations, great meals, a great variety of indoor and outdoor facilities and amenities, flexible meeting space, highly personalized service, an attentive staff, and much more.
 
Here’s how it all began…

There was a group of friends in Philadelphia who felt the need for a spot where they could relax from the routine of everyday city life, a place of beauty, in an environment conducive to the Quaker Spirit of Peacefulness.
 
With this thought in mind, a call went out to the many Quakers and their friends to gather at the Twelfth Street Meeting House of the Society of Friends in Philadelphia on December 30, 1901. The purpose of this meeting was to consider the purchase of a tract of land on Little Pocono Mountain.
 
Using the name of “Pocono Inn Company,” an Association was formed which was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
In Philadelphia, on the 8th day of January, 1901, a contract to purchase was signed covering a tract of land in Monroe County, 700 - 800 acres, more or less, on the crest of Little Pocono Mountain.
 
The actual construction of the Inn was begun on April 15th 1902 and drew a great deal of attention from the surrounding villagers who made careful note of its swift progress.
 
On Sunday, May 24, 1902 at 2:30 p.m., a Public Sales of Lots, choice and convenient to the Inn, was held on the grounds after a free luncheon had been served by the Association. This successful sale of lots established the Cottage Colony here and through the restrictions and minimums placed on the construction of homes, the settlement gained an air of exclusiveness.
 
On August 15, 1902 Mrs. Mary Emma Wister, the first manager, arrived. While the construction crews raced the building to completion, the new employees began assembling the furniture and setting up the many operations in preparation for the arrival of the first guests.
 
On August 16, 1902 the first guests arrived and were accommodated in one of the 65 newly finished rooms. Daily arrivals continued thereafter until October 15th, when the Inn was closed for the winter months.
 
The 1903 season began on June 18th, on which date the new West Wing was completed. The original dining room (today known as The Heritage Meeting Room) was enlarged to accommodate the increased capacity of the Inn.
 
Also in 1903, it was recorded that the first Friends Meeting took place in the auditorium of the West Wing. This was to be the only type of church service held at the Manor for the next 31 years.
 
In November of 1907, the Board of Directors of the Association authorized the construction of the “Winter Inn.” It was completed in 1908 and opened in October of that year. With the operation of the Winter Inn from October to June and the Main Inn from June to October, Pocono Manor became a year-round resort, one of the first in the Poconos.
 
Manor Golf History

The beginning of today’s 18-hole East Course dates back to 1911, when it is recorded that “the new golf course has been laid out and work on clearing of same is well under way.” In 1912 the first 9-hole course at Pocono Manor opened.
 
In 1925, the Inn had its greatest addition with the completion of the “Brick Tower Wing.” This 8-story building contained 106 rooms and was the most impressive structure in the entire region, commanding a view of over 50 miles under favorable conditions.
 
In 1927 the present 18-hole East Course was completed. Designed by Donald Ross to keep uphill climbing to a minimum, the 6,350-yard course had a Par of 73. It was also in 1927 that the golf headquarters were established at the present Golf House. Since opening, The East Course has been host to many of the legends of golf. Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Tommy Bolt, Gene Littler, Doug Ford, Jackie Burke, and Jerry Barber are just some of the famous players who have tested their skills here at The Manor.
 
In 1959, Art Wall Jr., while representing Pocono Manor as our touring professional, won The Masters and was named the PGA Player of the Year for 1959. Pocono Manor has also hosted players from the Senior Tour, the LPGA, and was one of the featured homes of televisions “All Star Golf” with Jimmy Demaret in the 1960s.
 
In 1959, Pocono Manor completed and opened its George Fazio designed West Course, a favorite of the long ball hitter. The Inn continued to grow, with additional sports facilities, guest rooms, and other amenities.
 
On September 22, 1966, in the place of its founding, the Meeting House of the Society of Friends in Philadelphia, the Association sold the Inn. Mr. Samuel Ireland, founder and owner of Ireland Coffee & Tea, Atlantic City, New Jersey, purchased the Inn, taking over the operation in January of the following year.
 
Mr. Ireland immediately began a refurbishment program which the Ireland Family has continued over the past 30 years.
 
In December 2005, the Inn was purchased by a corporate partnership based out of New York and is continuing to upgrade all of the facilities and services that have been a trademark of the Inn for over 100 years.
 
Pocono Manor Today

Today the Manor is a 3,000-acre, all encompassing resort that has gained a well earned reputation as a top choice for family reunions, getaways, conferences, meetings, weddings, weekend escapes, and so much more.
 
With our gracious, courteous, and friendly staff; and close proximity to nearby attractions including Camelback Ski Area, Camelbeach Water Park, and Laurel Spa (located at Pocono Manor), as well as The Crossings Premium Outlets, The Inn at Pocono Manor should be your first choice for a great mountain retreat — far enough away from your daily hustle and bustle and yet still close to home!
 
In 2011, The Inn at Pocono Manor completed a $5 million renovation to update our guest rooms and common spaces in order to further enhance our guest’s experience and comfort.