Here is a link and a snippet from my recent article in the Express Times:
When I was just a boy, I would ride with my grandfather through Downtown Easton into Phillipsburg to head to the store he owned in Pohatcong Township, known then as Ebner’s Shop-A-Rama. Every time we stopped at a light, he would look at me and point to a random building and weave a story about what used to be there and how it had impacted his life. I always enjoyed his stories.
Even as a kid I appreciated the rich narrative and felt a twinge of sadness that what had been there in the 1920s and 1930s had vanished, replaced by a bank or a shopping center or a parking lot. I couldn’t help but wonder: Why had all of those amazing landmarks disappeared?As I’ve grown, I have never lost that love of the past — but now I feel like I am old enough to make some impact, instill some sense of change.
A few weeks back, I came across a headline about the upcoming demolition of the historic King George Inn in South Whitehall Township. I had hoped that a potential buyer would revitalize the property — take a step to secure it for posterity. This has not been the case and it frustrates me.
Do read on. Then please go sign the petition to save this historic landmark!
Sign the Petition! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-king-george
Update: The Morning Call also ran my article; you can read it here: Speak up for local history and the King George Inn