Marie Antoinette Lookout
The Marie Antoinette Lookout is and overlook located just off of US Route 6 near Wyalusing in Pennsylvania. It offers a scenic view of the Susquehanna River, the mountains, the French Azilum, and a French refugee settlement that was built sometime in the late 1700s or early 1800s. Between 1793 and 1803, French refugees established a settlement in the area. That settlement is now known as the French Azilum Historic Site. It is said that Marie Antoinette planned to settle here. It is believed that members of the French aristocracy bought land that was across the river from the lookout and built a house there for Marie Antoinette and the Dauphin. The architecture and detail of the house believed to be built for them can be seen from this area. There is a historical marker that details the story of the French settlement. The marker reads as follows: A settlement of French royalists, who fled the French Revolution in 1793, was established in the valley directly opposite this marker. It was laid out and settled under the direction of Viscount de Noailles and Marquis Antoine Omer Talon. It was hoped that Queen Marie Antoinette might here find safety. While intended to be a place of escape for Marie Antoinette, the area now offers visitors a scenic view of the surrounding farmland. The Marie Antoinette Lookout provides an excellent panoramic view of the mountains and the Susquehanna River providing visitors with excellent opportunities for taking photographs.