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THE HISTORY OF STILLWATER LAKES CIVIC ASSOCATION INC.

 

In 1949, Samuel Rubel and the Pocono Mountain Ice Company donated buildings and half of the frontage of Stillwater Lake to the Bethlehem Area Council of Boy Scouts.  This became Minsi Trails Council.  The Boy Scout camp still operates today.

Residential development is now under consideration, and in the 1950s land was purchased from Rubel’s company and from the estate of Isaac Stauffer.  A New York investment group marketed the property as Stillwater Lake Estates in the 1960s. There were approximately 1,000 lots.  The amenities included a lake with beach, community center, playground, preserve, tennis courts and docks. Half–acre lots were offered at $1,890 and a house for all seasons with lot approx. $5,790.00.  Stillwater Estates Property Owners Association was chartered January 7th 1964.  In 1967, the developers turned over the association and all property bills of sale required property owners to share in the costs of community upkeep.

In 1968, Interstate 380 was built, splitting Stillwater Estates by isolating that portion of Stillwater Estates which lay east of the highway.  Sundance Stillwater Corporation is now in the picture as rights to the eastern portion were sold to them; Donald Gerson was the owner. This new development became Stillwater Lakes Civic Association.  Because Stillwater Estates had previously sold lots in Section “C”, those lots purchased through Stillwater Estates still pay dues to the Estates and the 2 developments apportion common expenses.

Between 1979 and 1980 Stillwater Lakes Civic Association Inc., informed the members that Land Mark/International Ltd, completed the stock purchase of Sundance Stillwater Corporation from Mr. Donald Gerson.   Mr. Jack Kalins, President of Land Mark/International Ltd, a reputable local builder and developer, deeded the same to Stillwater Lakes Civic Association.  At that time, dues were $5.00 per year and sewer rate was $39.00 for 3 months.  A sewer was under construction but not completed, and many homes built had to install sewage holding tanks until the lines reached their property.

Pocono Summit Lake is split by the railroad tracks.  Half the lake is owned by the now defunct Pocono Summit Lake Property Owners Association while the portion on the other side of the railroad tracks is owned by Stillwater Lakes Civic Association.

In 2010 The “Whistle Stop” Excursion crossed Pocono Summit Lake as it headed back to Steamtown after picking up passengers in E. Stroudsburg and Cresco for Railfest.

The back lake between Holiday and Nadine, is a man-made lake!  Much of the dirt removed was used for fill etc., within the community.

ANY MEMBER WHO HAS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, OR CORRECTIONS, PLEASE FORWARD TO THE WEB SITE WITH DOCUMENTATION.   We would also appreciate any old photos of our community!

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