Laying the foundation
Founded in 1820, Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company made its livelihood mining coal and building canals to transport the coal to Philadelphia. As it grew, the company purchased thousands of acres of land bounded by abundant waterways that could supply power and avenues of transportation.
Creating the attractions
The Company also pioneered the development of recreational facilities for public use. Copying the Quaker practice of using the Poconos as the site of family summer retreats, the company built Split Rock Lodge and an adjoining ski slope on Lake Harmony in 1941 as an executive resort. When the lodge was sold, the ski resort was operated independently as Big Boulder Ski Area, the first commercial ski resort in the state. Big Boulder was also the site of the first commercial application of snowmaking, a process that assured the success of the ski industry in the Poconos.
Improving upon tradition
Today, Blue Ridge Real Estate Company, offspring of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation, holds large tracts of land in northeastern Pennsylvania, with approximately 10,000 acres of pristine forest and water front property bordered by national forests, state game lands and conservancy areas. By developing the land prudently Blue Ridge Real Estate Company seeks to ensure the long-term growth and prosperity of its Pocono Mountain home.
Blue Ridge’s primary asset is 9,690 acres of land, which includes the Jack Frost National Golf Course, a 175-acre lake, the Boulder View Tavern, the Boulder Lake Club, commercial property comprised of approximately three acres of vacant land, two retail stores leased to affiliates of Walgreen Company, one residential investment property, a corporate headquarters building and two sewage treatment facilities. The sewage treatment facilities serve the resort housing located within the Jack Frost Mountain and Big Boulder tracts.
Over the past 35 years, Blue Ridge Real Estate Company has developed resort residential communities and amenities adjacent to the Jack Frost Mountain Ski Area and Big Boulder Lake and Ski Resort located in Lake Harmony, Kidder Township, Pennsylvania. Snow Ridge Village at Jack Frost Mountain, the Villages of Blue Heron, Midlake on Big Boulder Lake Condominiums, Boulder Lake Village Condominiums, and Laurelwoods at Big Boulder Lake communities are popular year round as tourist destinations. All of the homes in these communities are privately owned and utilized as vacation or investment properties. These communities are located in the Lehigh River Gorge region of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, a popular recreation destination for local and regional visitors.
Blue Ridge also owns The Stretch, an exclusive members-only fishing club located along a two mile stretch of the Tunkhannock Creek in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania.
Blue Ridge’s corporate office building is located at the intersection of Route 940 and Mosey Wood Road in Blakeslee, Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.