Just south of Dundaff corners, this array of wildflowers brightens the right side of the road. The South Knob of Elk Mountain stands sentinel.
In “The History of Dundaff”, the author, Margaret Strom notes: “Why, there was a Dundaff before there was a Carbondale or Scranton…. The first white man to make Dundaff his home… was Benjamin Bucklin. Another source indicates that one Melaina Mills, was the first white child born in Dundaff. She was born November 19, 1798. Bucklin began to clear land in 1799, but it was not until the summer of 1803 that he brought his family. He became the first permanent resident, and apparently build the first dwelling, a log house.”
A portion of an advertisement pamphlet included in “The History of Dundaff” lists Fern Hall as opening to the public on June 1, 1900, with the following description:
“FERN HALL is a new hotel of comparatively moderate size, capable of accomodating about 100 people, and no great number will be received at any time. It is situated in the Southeastern corner of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 2000 feet above the sea level, on a spur of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountain, and is about 200 yards from the shore of Crystal Lake.”