Eagle Village Resort

Created Date April, 01 2019
Beachfront No Beachfront
Pool Pool

Resort ID: 10456

Location: 1001 Blue Heron Rd, Bushkill, PA 18371, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, US

Eagle Village Resort:

Charming grounds and wonderful amenities welcome you to Eagle Village Resort. The resort is on a 90-acre lake where you can enjoy fishing and row boating. The property features a newly-built recreation center that boasts an oversized glass-covered indoor pool, game room and fitness center. Guests also can enjoy an outdoor sunning area, tennis court, children’s play area and 9-hole miniature golf course in the warmer months.

Enjoy the beautiful, rustic scenery, wildlife, and natural wonders that the Poconos has to offer. If you are interested in a relaxing, quiet getaway, escape to Eagle Village.

We have many satisfied guests who have returned for visits year after year, and our hospitality scores are among the highest in the Pocono area. Come in and meet our friendly staff at the Eagle Village check-in office; winners of RCI’s coveted Hospitality Award.

Our timeshare units reflect the rustic feel of their surroundings with comfortable, yet dated furnishings. The rolling nature of the landscape makes it likely that there will be stairs leading to the units. All units are two stories, which include additional stairs inside. Built in the 1980’s, our accommodations are dated and show normal wear and tear for their age. We pride ourselves on making our villas as accommodating as possible, and we are constantly replacing flooring, appliances, and furniture as needed, but are closer to Silver Crown rather than Gold Crown ratings.

Many of our guests love the tranquility and privacy of our stand alone Phase I and Phase II villas. Most of our parking facilities are centrally located and many villas are a far walk from parking. There are 10-15 steps to get into each Phase I or Phase II villa, which for transportation of luggage and other goods, this can be quite a task.

Many of our guests also enjoy the Phase III villas. These are built in a townhome style and situated in clusters of three. They offer screened in porches on the two outer villas, and the middle villa can accommodate 8 guests. While these units have fewer steps, parking facilities are centrally located and many villas are a far walk from parking.

Eagle Village is a family oriented resort. If you are accustomed to a resort with many adult activities and ‘nightlife’, you will most likely not enjoy your stay with us. So please, before you consider staying with us, see if RCI can place you in a resort that will better accommodate your needs.

Although there are no restaurants, lounges or entertainment on property, there is a great selection within a 10 mile radius.

Area Activities:

The Pocono Mountains have long been Pennsylvania’s most popular recreational destination. They offer seven state parks, one national park, and seventeen state game lands. The Poconos are known for its brilliant color during the fall season, which can be seen from a bird’s eye view off the Appalachian Trail. While rafting, see the lush lands bloom during the summer along the picturesque Delaware River. The winter months are all about snowboarding and skiing. It is an outdoor lover’s paradise! The area is unique because it offers the serene beauty of the mountains, with easy access to New York, New Jersey, and the historic sites of Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

An Area Rich In History:

Tourism along River Road, which ran from the Delaware Water Gap to Milford, was booming in the early 1800’s.  This area became well known in the north east as an outdoor recreation destination.  Boarding houses and taverns made way for larger hotels to accommodate the visitors.  In 1891, Forest Park Hotel was built as one of the earlier hotels.  By 1915 the hotel was fully electrified and boasted the first steam launch in the Poconos.  From 1919 to 1920 the hotel was put up for sale and exchanged ownership several times.

An affiliate of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, named the Dress and Waist Makers Union, had long dreamed of founding a workers’ resort.  In 1919, the Dress and Waist Makers Union borrowed funds from the International Ladies Garment Workers Union to purchase part of the Forest Park Resort.  The hotel was called the Unity House and annually hosted several thousand guests including union members, retirees, and public officials.  It was the only workers resort of its size in the United States.

In 1920, The Rand School of Social Science in NY became aware that the remaining property of the Forest Park Hotel was up for sale. The Rand School taught courses in socialism, economics, art, literature, music, race relations, peace education, psychology, and youth leadership. It was one of the most important schools in modern American history, as it provided the working community with an opportunity to continue their education. It created a corporation for the sole purpose of administering the camp, called the People’s Educational Camp Society (PECS). This corporation bought the property in 1921.  Its intentions were to financially support the Rand School.

It reopened the hotel as Camp Tamiment, a summer resort for faculty families, students, and friends.  It was heralded as the “largest summer school and camp for workers in the world.” A bungalow colony was built to house the guests, and summer classes were taught through the 1930’s. It was also home to the Tamiment Playhouse, which was built in 1941, seating 1200 people.  It became a creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the US.  It became the birthplace for many individuals in the entertainment industry.  Some of these include Danny Kaye, Sylvia Fine, Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carol Burnett, Dick Shawn, Neil Simon, Moss Hart, Carol Channing, and Woody Allen.  Camp Tamiment began drawing in more middle-class guests, and came to resemble a mainstream resort.

Because the majority of the Unity House’s guests were members of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, paying discounted rates, financial difficulties were frequent.  During WWII, the federal government closed down resorts located in Atlantic City, NJ.  This helped the Unity House turn greater profits, enabling the hotel to build a rustic Recreation Center.  Following her visit in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt expressed how impressive the facilities and children’s programs were.

In 1956, a lakeside theater at the unity House was completed, where performers like comedians and opera companies could entertain guests. Many of the activities and musical productions were designed to boost union solidarity. The Unity House offered numerous lectures and books on social, economic, and labor issues in hopes of members becoming more politically active.  The International Ladies Garment Workers Union had close ties to the Democratic Party and became an important stop during political campaigns.  A few political visitors included Ralph Reuter, George Leader, David Lawrence, Milton Shapp, Jacob Javits, as well as Edward, John and Robert Kennedy. In 1963, the IRS revoked the Camp Tamiment’s tax exempt status.  This action contributed to its demise in 1965.  Tamiment was sold again that same year, and Wayne Newton became the new owner.

Eagle Village opened in 1979. Construction began in Phase I with just 20 timeshare units and over the years have grown to 68 units. Although the buildings we currently utilize are original and dated in comparison to a Gold Crown Resort, we have many satisfied guests who return for a visit each year. Our hospitality scores are among the highest in the Poconos area, and we strive to increase that number each day.  Enjoy the beautiful, rustic scenery, wildlife, and natural wonders that the Poconos has to offer. If you are interested in a relaxing, quiet getaway, escape to Eagle Village.

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