Birchwood Resort – Abandoned Resort in the Poconos

On the way to Broke Hack Mountain, Jon McGoran and I stopped by an abandoned resort in the Poconos to take a few photos.

All of the buildings were exactly as seen here (e.g., all open doors were open when we arrived).

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11 thoughts on “Birchwood Resort – Abandoned Resort in the Poconos

  1. Chuck Barksdale

    This is fascinating and sad. In 1980, after graduating from Drexel University, my wife and I married at the young age of 23 and 22. We spent a week here for our honeymoon. It was very nice and we had a great time. Except for the bad condition, it does look very similar to what I remember.

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    1. Chuck, that’s really interesting. Some of the buildings looked like they had been abandoned for a long time, others were in much better condition. It was a really spooky kind of feeling. Apparently, there’s an airport hanger on the property (we didn’t walk deep enough to find that) — that hangar is where the state police captured Eric Frein in 2014.

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      1. Elaine Novak

        how sad, we have a lot of good memories at Birchwood… a bunch of us couples would go there for a little mini get a way… while our parents watched our children… we went there about 2 times a year, in 1968 and 1969. it was so beautiful… and fun… I still have pictures of us there… and you could go on air plane rides, that’s why they had the Hangor… it was great…

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  2. Sandra Pickard

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon here in 1999. It was low-key at that time and there were not many guests when we were there. The dining room was amazingly large. There was an indoor pool, and an indoor shooting range… more like a fair attraction. The cabin was cozy. It was a bit weathered when we were there. Seeing it abandoned is sad. Glad we had our time there. It was beautiful.

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  3. Roger H.

    My wife and I spent our honeymoon here way back in 1967. A couple of years ago we drove there and walked around the grounds a little. We found our cottage and it was open so we went inside, pretty much trashed, however it was great to be able to step back in time a little and remember what it was like when we were there. Celebrating our 49th today and will try and stop by there again when we go camping back up that way soon.

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  4. Donna Craft

    Fond memories of The Birchwood, our Honeymoon in 1977. Married young – 20 years of age, now 39 years later we are looking to stay in the Poconos again.
    Yes, there is a plane hangar, part of package a plane ride over the mountains.
    Blue building was a General Store with upstairs of billiard tables, ping pong tables and recreation.
    The spiritual vibe should be pleasant, as honeymooners were here.
    Remember the canopy bed and fireplace cabin.

    Chris & Donna, Michigan

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  5. Bob and Diane Bennett

    We stayed at Birchwood on our honeymoon in late May 1977, the last week of their ‘winter rates’ before the higher ‘summer rates’ kicked in. Looking at your pictures brought back many memories. The food, paddle boats, shooting range’s, tennis courts, airplane ride, private jacuzzi in our cabin, the ‘dip your candles’ and many other memories of our time at this fine facility. Still have the photo album from a photographer named Kathleen Flynn who guided us around the resort and took many pictures of us (mostly smooching) at many of the resort’s popular spots. She wanted $5 a picture so we only bought a few when they were first ready, but on the last day we were there she reduced her price to $1 each, so we bought all that she had taken of us along with the album to put them in. We met some nice couple’s while there, we even considered meeting up with one couple again at Birchwood on our 10 year wedding anniversities, but we never did. Wish now we would have….

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  6. My wife and I spent a week on our honeymoon in November, 1965. Had a terrific time with great memories, i.e. the private plane ride of the Delaware Water Gap. It is a shame to see its current condition. Would be nice for someone to restore it to its original condition. It could be a great venue for future honeymooners.

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  7. Robin Boozer (Kilpatrick)

    My father was the executive chef at Birchwood from 1983 to 1986. My sister and brother in law would come over and stay. They loved the place. I use to help out in the kitchen when I was home from college. It is so sad to see what happened to this place.

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  8. LINDA STYMIEST

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon here in 1977 and came back a few times on our anniversaries to celebrate at Birchwood. We always had a great time there… very sad to see what it has become.

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  9. Françoise Filion

    Bonjour bien triste de voir Birchwood abandonné. En 1967 avons fait notre voyage de noces
    Merveilleux endroit. Que de bon souvenirs. Bien du fun à aller saucer nos chandelles que de souvenirs! Cette année nos enfants fêtent notre 50ième ann. de mariage.

    Toujours ensemble
    Françoise et Richard

    Le 17 septembre 2017

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