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Stagecoaches & Sunbury

From its beginning in 1816, Sunbury was destined to be a stagecoach town. Anticipating large numbers of stagecoach travelers in Sunbury, the town’s founder, Lawrence Myers, built an inn at the intersection of two major stagecoach routes (the Old Walhonding Trail and the Delaware Newark Pike). 

In 1820, the first stagecoach arrived in Sunbury from Mt. Vernon. 

Famous Stagecoach Travelers

Famous stagecoach travelers who stopped in Sunbury included:

  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Henry Clay
  • William Henry Harrison
  • Rutherford B. Hayes

The Last Stagecoach

Railway travel became more prevalent, and consequently, the last stagecoach rolled out of Sunbury in 1873.