Grand Opening Marks New Era for County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Earlier today, Visit Luzerne County, led by Executive Director, Alan K. Stout officially unveiled its new home in one of Wilkes-Barre’s most recognizable historic landmarks. The county tourism shop now resides within the 154-year-old Central Railroad of New Jersey Train Station at the Center City intersection of Market Street and Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. Though, a newly-minted designation at the building’s front places Visit Luzerne County’s actual address at 200 Old Train Station Road.
The charming station house opened in 1868 and served rail passengers and city visitors until the mid 1960s. In 1975, the ornate, Victorian-styled station was added to the National Register of Historic Places. And decades later, long after the last train rolled through, it became a popular hotel and eventually a nightclub.
Throughout 2021, the historic building, known locally as “The Station,” underwent a major restoration project. The agency opened its new doors to the public in February. However, remaining exterior work and landscaping pushed the official ribbon cutting into the summer.
The Visit Luzerne County office serves as the go-to stop for visitors from outside the region. The central location allows easy access from nearby highways, and the building now offers plenty of free parking. Visitors are welcome to pop in for brochures, pamphlets and booklets detailing Luzerne County’s many amenities, dining options and sights to see. The meticulously-furnished, museum-styled lobby also features historical photos alongside framed stills of iconic county attractions and local memorabilia.
Stop by Visit Luzerne County Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.