Hurleyville General Store Hosts Book Signing: March 2022

Anniversary Edition of “To The Mountains by Rail” Featured

HURLEYVILLE, March 2022 — Another great program is coming up this month at The Hurleyville General Store.
Store owner Denise Lombardi has scheduled a program featuring the reprinted edition of “To The Mountains by Rail,” the classic book about the O&W Railway and the Sullivan County resort industry it helped create.

The program will include a discussion of the newly released edition by Myron Gittell, whose Load ‘n Go Press published the book, and a presentation on the significance of the book as a local history resource by longtime Sullivan County Historian, John Conway.

The book, which is sold at the store, will be available for purchase and for signing.

Ms. Lombardi says the store will be decorated in a railroad theme in conjunction with the event, and a working vintage train layout will be on display.

The program is scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

“Between the fact that this will be an educational experience, a nostalgic journey down memory lane, and a beautiful, artistic display, we’re sure everyone will find reasons to ‘grab a ticket’ and attend,” Ms. Lombardi said.

“To the Mountains by Rail” was originally published in 1970 by then-Sullivan County Historian, Manville B. Wakefield. A second printing was issued in 1973, and a reprint in 1989, but the book had been out of print for decades before Load ‘n Go decided to publish it again. Following a nearly ten-year process, which eventually included the O&W Railway Historical Society digitally scanning virtually every photograph in the original volume, the new edition was released in December, 2021.

Those interested in attending the presentation should email Ms. Lombardi at so she can be sure there are enough books on hand for those wanting to purchase.

The program is free, and everyone is invited, whether or not they plan to buy a book. And for those unable to attend, the book can also be purchased online at

The Hurleyville General Store is located at 238 Main Street in Hurleyville.