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The Zane Grey Museum - Lackawaxen, PA

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

The Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen Township, PA is the former residence of author Zane Grey.

Zane was married to Lina Elise Roth, or "Dolly" as he would call her.

In 1910, Harper & Brothers published The Heritage of the Desert, Mr. Grey's first western novel and his first real success. In 1912, he published his most popular work, Riders of the Purple Sage. By 1915, Grey had 15 books in print (frontier/baseball/juvenile adventure/western) along with many fishing and outdoor adventure articles and serialized stories.

Zane and Dolly had three children - Romer, Betty and Loren. In 1912, the family moved into the house next door that was built for Zane's brother, R.C. In 1914, Zane and Dolly purchased the house and enlarged it in 1915 and 1916. In 1918, Zane moved his family to California but kept the house in Lackawaxen and would stay there when they visited Pennsylvania.

Zane Grey died October 23, 1939, at the age of 67. In 1945, his wife Dolly sold their Lackawaxen house to Helen James, daughter of Zane's long-time friend Alvah James. When Dolly died in 1957, their ashes were placed in a cemetery near their home in Lackawaxen

In 1948, Helen opened the Zane Grey Inn, which she operated for twenty-five years. Over the years, Helen collected noteworthy items associated with Mr. Grey, discovered original artwork and other items of interest that she displayed in her new home. From 1973 until 1989, Helen and her husband, artist Albert H. Davis, operated the Zane Grey Museum.

The Zane Grey Inn is now maintained as a museum and operated by the National Park Service. The museum is located on the upper Delaware River and is self guided tour. The National Park Service rangers and volunteers are available to answer questions.

The day I visited with my family the museum was not open for self guided tours.

Zane Grey Museum

135 Scenic Drive Lackawaxen, PA 18435 Phone: 570-685-4871


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