HISTORIC CARRIAGE HOUSE & LODGE VENUE and ACCOMMODATIONS Circa 1903
Lacawac Sanctuary is a nature center, environmental education facility, ecological research station and historic venue located in the heart of the Northern Poconos on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. For 50 years we have been providing hands-on educational opportunities for Pre-K students through graduate work. We recognize that science is but one way of knowing; we actively promote arts and humanities and connect our visitors to nature and knowledge about the world around us. Lacawac is a historic estate built in 1903, as a summer estate of Congressman William Connell (1827-1909). Six of the original eight rustic style buildings remain including the main lodge, carriage house, spring house, pump house, coachman's cabin and the ice house. The Lodge is a 2 1⁄2-story frame dwelling with a cross gable roof and features two-story porches and the interior is paneled in southern yellow pine.
In 1966, the property was deeded to a non-profit organization and subsequently used as a nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility. Lacawac was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Lake Lacawac was listed as a National Natural Landmark in 1968.