Bear Creek Village is nestled in a narrow valley formed by Bear Creek, a tributary of the Lehigh River. This Luzerne County borough is also surrounded by acres of wooded land, lakes, and a dam.
Part of what makes Bear Creek Village so charming are the elements left over from the town’s early history. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Bear Creek Village evolved to support the local lumbering and ice industries, as well as the lifestyle of successful business leader and industry founder, Albert Lewis.
In 1999, The Bear Creek Village Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This national historic district includes 55 contributing buildings, 4 contributing sites, and 2 contributing structures. Some of these include houses and workers’ cottages, summer cottages, outbuildings, churches, cemeteries, Bear Creek Dam and Lake, as well as the industrial remains.
One of the most notable historic features–and an architectural focal point of the area–is Albert Lewis’s Tudor Revival Mansion just east of the Bear Creek Dam. Known as the “Mokwaka Inn,” the residence was largely destroyed by fire in 1922 and later rebuilt by two Wilkes-Barre architects. Famous visitors to Mokwaka Inn include teddy Roosevelt and William H. Taft.
After the industrial era ended in the village, the development of summer homes continued and increased. Rest and outdoor recreation were a focal point for life at Bear Creek and not much as changed today.
Experience the historic charm of the Bear Creek Village Historic District in this delightful 3 bedroom, 3 bath home! Situated on 1 acre of cleared and wooded land, this 2,294-foot split-level home offers plenty of space to live, relax, and grow your family–both inside and out. While the community is historic, this move-in ready home is in very good condition and features a modern eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and hardwood floors as well as modern bathrooms.
For a truly relaxing experience, the master suite features a private balcony and master bath with a separate shower and modern jetted tub–the perfect answer for relieving nighttime stress.
The large living and dining room combo, as well as with the family room with deck access, help make entertaining a breeze–there’s plenty of room for everyone to mingle with easy access to both the interior and exterior entertaining spaces. The kitchen, living room, and family room are all on the second floor while the bedrooms and full bathrooms (including the master suite) are separate on the third floor. A half-bath, office, and laundry room are all located on the first floor. The office can easily be used as a rec room, exercise room, or additional living space for company.
Besides the amenities offered in this delightful home, additional lake rights and amenities are also available with an optional Association Membership. Community amenities that come with membership include access to the nearby Bear Creek Lake, tennis courts, a basketball court, playground, and outdoor picnic space.
The thousands of acres of surrounding forests and streams make the Bear Creek area the perfect destination for those looking to spend time outdoors. One area highlight is the National Lands Trust’s Bear Creek Preserve. The 3,565-acre preserve offers 31 miles of unpaved trails The Seven Tubs Natural Area is a popular outdoor recreational site that got its name from glacial meltwater that created potholes and filled up “tubs” of water. The Francis E. Walter Dam is also nearby which offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and fishing.
In the winter, the area offers numerous options for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, including Jack Frost Big Boulder in Blakeslee.
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