Fall Fun in Milford, PA

Ready for some fall fun?

Autumn is a great time to tour the small towns of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains along the scenic Upper Delaware River where our three big showrooms are located:

  • Milford, 321 Water Street
  • Honesdale, Church and 6th Streets
  • Lake Wallenpaupack, Route 6

Visit us in Milford, PA for Fall Fun!

Photo of Tube Dude who is ready for some fall fun in Milford, PA.
Say hi to Tube Dude at our Milford, PA showroom!

Our newest showroom in Milford, PA is filled with the finest selection of classic and rustic brand furnishings for every room of your home. Plus, we’re having a storewide sale during Columbus Day weekend!

As if that’s not enough, you can also say hi to the newest addition to our Milford team: Tube Dude. He’s always ready to welcome you with a smile!

Milford is quite a bustling little town, with lots of festivals and events during every season. So, you can always plan a day trip to the village and visit us on your travels. Here are a few autumn events to consider…

Black Bear Film Festival

Photo of a bear lamp from Van Gorders' Furniture that is part of the silent auction at the Black Bear Film Festival where fall fun will abound.
You could win this Bear Lamp from Van Gorders’ Furniture at the Black Bear Film Festival silent auction.

The Black Bear Film Festival is like Hollywood on the Delaware. It recognizes Milford’s rich heritage as a filmmaking location — back in the days of silent movies Zane Grey, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and John Barrymore visited the town while shooting on location.

This year, from October 14 through 16, Milford will turn into a modern film lover’s dream. The festival will feature three days of independent movies to entertain, educate, inspire and celebrate the art of filmmaking.

Most movies are screened in the historic Milford Theatre. You might even catch a glimpse of some celebrity guests! There is also a free Film Salon and selections appropriate for children.

Toast to Milford

On Saturday, October 22 you can taste, toast and tour your way around beautiful Milford, PA during a Toast to Milford. Businesses throughout town will offer complimentary tastings of craft beers, cuisine, cocktails, coffee, sweet treats, teas, olive oils and more. You’ll experience all that Milford has to offer!

Be sure to stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture from 1:00 to 4:00 pm that day to enjoy wine and light snacks in our Milford, PA showroom.

Tube Dude will be eagerly awaiting your visit!

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It’s Our 80th Anniversary!

Photo of Van Gorders' Furniture Honesdale showroom to celebrate the business's 80th anniversary.
Our Flagship showroom at the corner of Church & 6th Streets in Honesdale, PA.

Eighty years ago, Van Gorders’ Furniture began business as the Honesdale Furniture Exchange. Founder Ralph Van Gorder rented the bottom floor of the Jenkins Building on Honesdale’s Main Street in 1936 and placed an ad in the Wayne Independent saying he would buy anyone’s used furniture—“a single piece, an attic full or a house full.”

Today, our fourth-generation family-owned business sells new furniture, specializing in the finest American-made rustic home furnishings, as well as flooring and Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns & Foster mattresses. We have consistently grown and changed with the times, now serving the tri-state region with the Lake Region’s three largest furniture showrooms, located in Milford, Lake Wallenpaupack and Honesdale, PA.

80th Anniversary Facebook Contest

To celebrate our 80-year milestone, we’re awarding an $80 gift certificate every month in 2016 through a Facebook contest. Participants must “like” our page to earn a chance to win by correctly identifying various aspects of a photo we will post monthly on our Facebook page.

Check out our February winner as selected by our own Scott Mosher!

Decades before social media came into existence, Ralph Van Gorder began building a customer base the old fashioned way. Reflecting on Ralph’s business acumen, his son Don Van Gorder wrote, “I have always heard that the Dutch were avid merchants, so Dad evidently came into his calling naturally.”

It wasn’t long before Ralph realized the need to expand, and purchased a sprawling four-floor historic landmark in Honesdale, which we still use today. Originally the National Hotel, it has stood at the corner of Church and Sixth Streets since 1865.

Although the business survived the devastating flood of 1942, some artifacts, like its first ledger, are permanently stained with flood mud. The ledger reveals that the first customer bought a “Wash Boiler” for $1.00, to be paid within two weeks. The next was a “battery radio with speaker,” at a cost of $2.50—“to be worked out.”

Growing and Changing with the Times

Photo of the Van Gorders' Furniture team showcasing rustic furniture at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Rustic for the Home Harvest Festival.
Max, Greg, Derek (holding Jack), and Dylan Van Gorder.

As the business continued to grow, Don opened a modern second showroom on Route 6 at beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack, PA in 1978. His son Scott joined the business and brought a distinct focus on lodge- and Adirondack-style furnishings that reflect the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains, Catskills and Delaware River Highlands.

Scott’s three sons Derek, Dylan and Max have since entered the business, and in October 2014 Van Gorders’ Furniture expanded into its third showroom in Milford, PA. “We have staying power, a unique product mix, and an honest approach to business,” explains Scott. Grandsons Greg and Jackson are already involved in sustaining the family reputation as a longtime community business with their winning personalities.

Photo of Van Gorders' Furniture staff members at the Milford, PA showroom.
Our great team of staff members. Left to right: Jeff Beddoe, Darrell Lavoie, Casey Dmochowski, Scott Mosher, Sean Davis, and Joe Ayres.

Another factor contributing to our 80-year success story is our caring and knowledgeable professional staff—some of whom have been with us for more than 35 years—who provide excellent and dependable service to devoted customers. As in the early days, every team member is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and relaxing shopping adventure, which means being helpful without being pushy.

Today, Van Gorders’ Furniture is proud to serve the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey regions as the fifth generation of Van Gorders learns the art and craft of a multi-generational family business.

Visit our website to see more. And, don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page to follow the monthly contest and learn about upcoming sales or special offers.

Columbus Day Sale & Our First Year in Milford!

In honor of Columbus Day, Van Gorders’ Furniture is featuring STOREWIDE SALES, today through Monday, October 12 — in all of our 3 big showrooms!

Come see us in downtown Honesdale, charming Milford or at Lake Wallenpaupack!

You’ll find great savings on classic styles and unique rustic and lodge furnishings for every room of your home.
Photo of an Old Hickory dining set.
Get ready for your
holiday gatherings!
Storewide Sale
in all 3 showrooms!

Store hours are:

Lake Wallenpaupack: Sat. 8am-5pm, Sun. 11am-5pm, Mon. 8am-5pm

Honesdale: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. closed, Mon. 9am-5pm

Milford: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 11am-5pm, Mon. 9am-5pm
Stop by one of our 3 welcoming showrooms this holiday weekend for a relaxing shopping adventure!

 

Milford Open House

Our Milford showroom is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend!

Open House

Photo of Van Gorders' Furniture showroom in Milford, PA.
Welcome to our Milford, PA showroom!
All Day
Sat. Oct. 10
Light refreshments
BIG savings
Stop by to say hi!
We’re located at 321 Water Street (Route 2001), just past the Waterwheel Café.

Get a Comfortable Recliner for the Big Game

Football season is here, and the best seat in the house for college or pro games is a comfortable recliner.

At Van Gorders’ Furniture, we carry a variety of quality recliner brands like La-Z-Boy, England, Flexsteel and Best—most are made in the USA. They’re comfortable, durable and affordable.

Photo of comfortable La Z Boy recliners at Van Gorders' FurniturePlus, we’ve got a variety of great recliner options for you to choose from…

If you want to go big, we’ve got reclining loveseats and sofas, so the whole family can watch the big game.

For extreme comfort, try a power or lift recliner. Or, how about a massage recliner? It can really take the edge off when your team is having a bad week!

You can customize your selection with an array of fabrics or leather applications to fit your home décor or personal style.

Van Gorders’ Furniture has hundreds of recliners in stock and the lowest prices around. Test one out in our La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio in our Honesdale showroom.

Or stop by any of Van Gorders’ 3 big showrooms for a relaxing shopping adventure—in downtown Honesdale, historic Milford or at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack.

You’ll like what you find!

Here’s a preview…

Three Fun Things to Do in Milford, PA

There are a variety of outdoor activities and interesting landmarks near Van Gorders’ big Milford, PA furniture showroom at 321 Water Street. So why not make a day of it!

Enjoy some time in the great outdoors or in the historic village, and stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture for a relaxed shopping adventure.

 

Here are a few of the fun things to do on your way to Van Gorders’ Furniture.

The Great Outdoors

Just down the road from our Milford, PA showroom is the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This awesome expanse of beautiful protected land and water features:

  • 40 miles of the majestic Delaware River
  • More than 100 miles of hiking trails including 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail
  • More than 100 miles of scenic back roads
  • Mountains, valleys and floodplains
  • Waterfalls, flowers and forests
  • The impressive Delaware Water Gap

And that’s only a few! Visitors enjoy fishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking; hiking, biking and swimming; bird watching; picnicking; and camping.

The Pinchot Family Legacy

Overlooking the charming village of Milford, PA is Grey Towers National Historic Site, the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the US Forest Service and twice Governor of Pennsylvania. Pinchot is often called the father of America’s conservation movement.

Photo of The Finger Bowl at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, home of Gifford Pinchot.
The Finger Bowl. Photo courtesy Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Take a guided tour of his family’s historic chateauesque mansion designed by Richard Morris Hunt. And, bask in the beautifully landscaped gardens and outbuildings, many of which were designed by Chester Holmes Aldrich.

No visit to Grey Towers is complete without a stop at the estate’s most unique feature, the Finger Bowl, designed by William Lawrence Bottomley. The Finger Bowl is an exquisite outdoor dining table in the form of a raised pool surrounded by a flat ledge large enough to accommodate a place setting. Chairs were pulled up to the pool and food was passed in wooden bowls floated on the water. The Finger Bowl is situated in a wisteria covered domed arbor resting on an open structure of twelve stone piers.

Fine Dining

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Milford offers a fine selection of restaurants and cafes to satisfy your hunger.

The Waterwheel Café, Bakery and Bar is less than a mile from our Milford, PA showroom in The Upper Mill, which also houses boutique shops.

The Waterwheel is a favorite neighborhood haunt for locals, tourists and visitors. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, they feature a fun live blues jam every Thursday evening!

Photo of the historic Hotel Fauchere in charming Milford, PA in Pike County.
The Hotel Fauchère.

In the heart of Milford is the historic Hotel Fauchère, originally owned and operated by master chef Louis Fauchère, who once worked at Delmonico´s, the first and most famous restaurant in America in the mid 19th century.

Today, the Fauchère offers the upscale Delmonico Room or the more casual and hip Bar Louis. Patisserie Fauchère makes delicious artisanal breads and treats in a coffeehouse atmosphere.

You can find more options on the town’s official website.

The Van Gorder family is proud to be part of such a diverse community with a deep legacy of conservation and artistry.

We hope you’ll check out the fun things to do in and around Milford, PA, and stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture for your rustic shopping adventure!

Right now, you can SAVE UP TO $400 on a Sealy Mattress!

Spring Cabin SALE on Old Hickory Furniture

Spruce up your home for spring!

All through March, in all 3 of the Van Gorders’ Furniture showrooms, enjoy 30% off America’s favorite rustic furniture brand — Old Hickory! That’s an EXTRA 10% off our regular price!

All through March, in all 3 of the Van Gorders' Furniture showrooms, enjoy 30% off America's favorite rustic furniture brand -- Old Hickory Furniture Company.

Since 1899 Old Hickory Furniture Company has been handcrafting heirloom-quality furniture and accents in the heartland of America. Old Hickory is known for its quality, durability, sustainability and rustic comfort.

Back when it began, Old Hickory furnished nearly all of America’s national parks, including the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. The dining chairs in the main hall are the very same chairs shipped and installed in 1906!

Old Hickory Furniture Company is America's favorite rustic furniture brand.
Bring the outdoors inside with Old Hickory’s unique heirloom-quality rustic furniture.

Today’s Old Hickory combines designs from the company’s history with more contemporary styles for your home. Yet the process of handcrafting each piece remains very much the same. Attention to detail, careful matching of parts, assembly with mortise and tenon, and the meticulous hand weaving process, make Old Hickory Furniture’s products unique, comfortable and durable.

After 100 years, old-fashioned care continues at Old Hickory Furniture Company, the home of America’s genuine, original furniture.

And, Van Gorders’ Furniture is proud to bring you this unique American-made classic. So stop by during March for some power browsing in each of our showrooms, and enjoy 30% off Old Hickory furniture!

You’re gonna like it here!

 

Milford Showroom Opens

Van Gorders’ Furniture recently opened a new showroom in historic Milford, Pennsylvania to complement our locations at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack and downtown Honesdale.

The Milford showroom at 321 Water Street features a Sealy Mattress Gallery and a selection of traditional brands along with unique rustic and lodge furnishings, which are a Van Gorders’ specialty.

“We’re bringing a longstanding business to town, and we feel welcome already,” says Proprietor Scott Van Gorder. “We’ve fallen in love with Milford and expect to be here a longtime.”

Pictured at the Grand Opening of the new Milford, PA showroom are local business leaders with members of the Van Gorder family, from left to right: Max, Sarah, Derek, Jackson, Beth, Dylan and Scott; Pike County Commissioner Karl Wagner, Bill Cohen of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg, and Gina Ehrhardt of Representative Mike Peifer's office. In the forefront, cutting the ribbon, is Greg Van Gorder.
Pictured at the Grand Opening of the Milford showroom are local business leaders with members of the Van Gorder family, L-R: Max, Sarah, Derek, Jackson, Beth, Dylan and Scott; Pike County Commissioner Karl Wagner; Bill Cohen, Pike County Chamber of Commerce; Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg; and Gina Ehrhardt of Representative Mike Peifer’s office. In the forefront, cutting the ribbon, is Greg Van Gorder.

Van Gorders’ is a 4th-generation family-owned business that began in 1936 when Ralph Van Gorder founded it as the Honesdale Furniture Exchange within a sprawling four-floor historic landmark that was originally the National Hotel, and has stood at the corner of Church and Sixth Streets since 1865.

Since that time, the business has grown and changed with the times. In 1978, Don Van Gorder opened a modern second showroom on Route 6 at beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack. His son Scott joined the business and brought a distinct focus on lodge- and Adirondack-style furnishings that reflect the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains, Catskills and Delaware River Highlands.

Scott’s three sons Derek, Dylan and Max have since entered the business, and in October of this year Van Gorders’ Furniture expanded into its third showroom in Milford. “We have staying power, a unique product mix, and an honest approach to business,” adds Scott.

Through more than 75 years in business, however, some things have never changed such as a caring and knowledgeable professional staff with many years of valuable experience. Every team member at Van Gorders’ Furniture is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and relaxing shopping experience, which means being helpful without being pushy, just like the old days.

For more information visit VanGorders.com or call the Milford showroom at 570-296-9610.