Stroudsburg had its origins in Benjamin Franklin's Fort Hamilton on McMichael Creek. In his 1802 account of the region, “Journey to Bethlehem,” Philadelphian Joshua Gilpin reported that “settlers here are much more a lawless banditti and subject to more disorders of every kind than on our western waters.” But the town was already graced by Daniel Stroud's handsome manor house ( MN1) where the fort had stood. In 1806, Daniel Stroud, son of the founder, laid out the remainder of the town with wide streets and space sufficient for a county seat. His gift of the courthouse site and the cost of the construction of the new building caused voters to award Stroudsburg the county seat in 1836.
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