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.

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View Bald Eagles this Winter

 

Photo by Sandy Long of a wintering bald eagle along the Upper Delaware River.
A wintering bald eagle. Photo courtesy Sandy Long.

Majestic bald eagles are a spectacular sight in the Upper Delaware River region of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains.

Winter is one of the best times to view these amazing birds.

According to our local land trust, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, about 150-200 bald eagles migrate to our region during the winter months.

The eagles are seeking a reliable food source and undisturbed habitat. They come from northern locations where most waterways are now frozen solid.

Bald Eagles Along the Upper Delaware River

What makes our area so attractive to bald eagles is the open water on the Upper Delaware River and its tributaries, which are excellent sources of fresh fish.

Some bald eagles fly nearly 900 miles from their breeding grounds to spend the winter here, according to the Conservancy.

The Upper Delaware River region also features large stands of trees and expanses of protected lands that provide perches from which eagles can hunt.

Eagle Watching Excursions

The Conservancy offers a full line-up of guided eagle watching events on most Saturdays during January and February. Sign up soon as these popular excursions fill up quickly!

What’s also fun is the free annual Eagle Day set for Saturday, January 23, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, located just down Route 6 near our Lake Region showroom.

Eagle Day is fun for the whole family. It includes spectacular “Live Birds of Prey” demonstrations by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, at 1:00pm and 3pm. There are also hands-on activities by Lacawac Sanctuary and many opportunities to learn about eagles and other native birds.

Bald Eagles at Van Gorders’ Furniture

There are plenty of eagle viewing opportunities near any of Van Gorders’ 3 welcoming rustic furniture showrooms in Honesdale, Milford or near Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. So, why not make a day trip for an eagle excursion and a relaxing shopping adventure.

Photo of a wooden rustic furniture accent at Van Gorders' Furniture featuring bald eagles and a black bear.
One of our unique wooden wall hangings featuring bald eagles and a black bear.

At Van Gorders’ Furniture, our motto is Bring the Outdoors Inside! That means you’ll find plenty of unique rustic furnishings and accent pieces featuring bald eagles and many other beautiful animals like black bears and blue herons.

From carvings, to tables, to one-of-a-kind fabrics, each one will make your Lake Region home or retreat a reflection of nature’s beauty.

Visit one of our spacious showrooms today for a power browse! There’s never any pressure, just honest savings. Our experienced staff is ready to answer your questions or offer help only when you need it.

Or, visit us online at VanGorders.com.

You’ll like what you find!

You can also submit a comment or question for Van Gorders’ Furniture right here…

3 Space Saving Tips to Get You the Perfect Dining Room Table

The holidays are right around the corner. Soon, it will be time for special gatherings and meals with family and friends!

Right now is the perfect time to spruce up your home with a new dining room table. At Van Gorders’ Furniture we carry quality American made brands like Country Value, Old Hickory and Green Gables.

And, we’ve got many dining room table options to fit your home décor, and your space.

Dining Room Tables – 3 Space Saving Tips

Here are 3 stylish and convenient space-saving options.

Photo of a Green Gables dining room table at Van Gorders' Furniture in Milford, PA.
This beauty is handcrafted in the United States from reclaimed barnwood timbers.
  • Butterfly leaves are great for smaller spaces. The removable centerpiece can be placed at any time to accommodate a large group at your dining room table.
  • Drop leaf dining room tables feature end pieces that can be folded down to save space, or up to add more place settings.
  • Storage leaf tables help to protect your table leaves when not in use.

We also carry a selection of base options, some of which provide extra storage. Or, a lazy susan option for ease of serving your guests.

Dining Room Table Finishes

At Van Gorders’ Furniture you can choose from a variety of wood species, like barnwood, oak, hickory, chestnut, and even pine.

Photo of a dining room table and chairs at Van Gorders' Furniture in Milford, PA.
Look at the quality craftsmanship in this Green Gables chair.

One of our most popular dining room table styles is made of reclaimed barnwood timbers by Green Gables Furniture in Illinois. These finely crafted pieces are sturdy and stylish. Their form and function create a family heirloom to be loved for generations to come.

So stop by any of Van Gorders’ 3 big showrooms for a relaxing shopping adventure—in downtown Honesdale, historic Milford or at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack. There’s never any sales pressure, just a relaxing experience in our unique and welcoming showrooms.

Our experienced staff is ready to answer your questions or offer help only when you need it.

Or, visit us online at VanGorders.com.

You’ll like what you find!

You can also submit a comment or question for Van Gorders’ Furniture right here…

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!

 

Presidents’ Day Weekend SALE!

Save BIG on Sealy mattresses at Van Gorders' Furniture this Presidents' Day weekend!It’s going to be cold outside this weekend! So, come on in and warm up at one of our welcoming showrooms:

You’ll find amazing savings on made-in-America Sealy mattresses during our BIG Presidents’ Day weekend sale. We’ve got Sealy queen sets starting at $399. Plus, save up to $600 on Sealy Posturepedic Hybrids!

And, as always, you’ll find the finest selection of lodge and Adirondack furnishings for every room of your home!

See you this weekend!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

 

Winter photo of snowshoeing on Greeley Lake in Pike County, PA near the Upper Delaware River.
A scenic snow-covered lake in Pike County, PA. The perfect conditions for snowshoeing! Photo © Heron’s Eye Communications.

We’re big fans of the natural beauty of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains along the Wild and Scenic Upper Delaware River. That’s why we encourage every opportunity to get outside and enjoy it!

It’s also why we take great pride in finding unique rustic furnishings that reflect the spectacular scenery of our region. We carry respected Made-in-America brands like Old Hickory, Fireside Lodge, and Utah Mountain just to name a few.

There are great winter recreational opportunities near-by each of our three welcoming showrooms—at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack, Honesdale and Milford, PA.

If you like cross country skiing or snowshoeing, try:

Plan a day in the great outdoors around your visit to Van Gorders’ Furniture!

We’ve got a great sale on Sealy mattresses coming up during Presidents’ Day Weekend!