Featured Location: Eckley Miners Village

The village of Eckley was actually built by a coal company to provide housing for its workers and their families. In the late 1850s, Sharpe, Leisenring and Company built the homes and other buildings, like the company store and church. By owning the homes and other structures used by the miners, the company had great control over their workers.

As the anthracite mining industry declined, the need for a company owned town like Eckley became unnecessary. The land and buildings were sold to a group of Hazleton business men in the late 1960s, and in turn was deeded to the state for historical preservation in 1971.

The breaker that stands on the grounds today is actually a replica, built for the filming of ‘Molly Maguires’, a film about the famous (or infamous) group of miners who may or may not have conspired to commit crimes in order to focus attention on the plight of the American coal worker. Evidence of who the Molly Maguires actually were and what there purpose was still remains a contested subject.

Today, Eckley serves as a window to the past, showing what it was like for the workers of an anthracite coal mine in Pennsylvania. Along with the village, a museum is also on the site, which shows artifacts and other items relating to the lives of Eckley residents and workers.

Special events, such as Patch Town Days and the Civil War Weekend are also held during the summer months. Patch Town Days will be held June 20th and 21st, 2009. will be there, along with a number of other exhibitors and food vendors. So mark your calendar, and come out for some fun, food and heritage! is a free resource for all things travel and tourism across Eastern Pennsylvania. Visit us at today for more information.

Holy Heatwave!

Today is the last of what has been an early heat wave across Eastern Pennsylvania, with record highs in the 80s and 90s over the last several days. A cold front will be moving through this evening, bringing more seasonable temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

Along with packing away the jackets, sweaters and long johns, now is the time to jump on one of the hundreds of great travel deals being offered in the tourism industry. Many hotels, airlines, rental car companies, etc. are offering huge discounts to bring in your travel dollar. Those deals come to those who book early, so don’t wait too long to see whats out there.

Not sure where to go? We have hundreds of listings on our website, From the Pocono Mountains to the Delaware Valley and everywhere in between. Take a weekend, and make it great without breaking the budget by visiting all of the great destinations in your own backyard. Or, if you are from outside the area, consider a trip to Eastern Pennsylvania, where the prices are great, the scenery breathtaking, and the options for recreation endless.

Stay tuned to our blog, as we’ll be introducing a new series of articles soon, all about how to save time and money when travelling in Eastern Pennsylvania (and many other places, too!) is a free resource for all things travel and tourism across Eastern Pennsylvania. Visit us at today for more information.

The Early Bird…
March 23, 2009, 3:31 pm
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Where are you vacationing this summer? How about those smaller weekend and day trips for the warmer months of the year? You don’t know yet?

While the weather is still cold, and the trees aren’t even starting to bloom yet, now is the time to start thinking about where your travels will take you this summer. With money tight for most expenses, it is even more important to plan ahead to get the most for your leisure dollar – whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week long trip.

No idea where to start? has hundreds of listings of things to do, places to see, and even select locations to stay and eat. Browse around today, you may be surprised with the number of options in your own backyard, or just a short drive away.

You can also check out our eBay listings, which feature pre-planned itineraries and travel guides on destinations in Eastern Pennsylvania. These inexpensive guides list all of the top attractions, suggested touring schedules, dining recommendations, and insider tips to make the most of your trip. is a free resource for all things travel and tourism across Eastern Pennsylvania. Visit us at today for more information.

When is a City Not a City?

All throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, there are literally thousands of small neighborhoods, villages, hamlets, and municipalities that dot the landscape. Some are marked, some are not… and only the municipalities – the townships, boroughs, and cities – are actually legal designations.

To add to the confusion, names of those municipalities can sometimes be misleading. As an example, Dickson City in Lackawanna County isn’t actually a city. It’s a borough.

Dickson City spans about 4.7 square miles, and is located a few miles north of Scranton. Like many of the small towns in area, Dickson City was a coal town, built on the success of the local anthracite coal mines. With the mining industry long gone, commercial shopping centers, such as the Viewmont Mall, now share the space within the borough with the older Main Street businesses and homes.

Originally known as the village of Dickson, the area was part of Blakely Township. In 1875, the village became its own separate municipality, and the name chosen by the local petitioners was ‘the Borough of Dickson City’.

So, Dickson City isn’t actually a city, but for the people who live, work and visit here, the semantics of it all doesn’t quite matter as much as other issues. But it’s an interesting quirk nonetheless. is a free resource for all things travel and tourism across Eastern Pennsylvania. Visit us at today for more information.

A Romantic Notion

As Valentine’s Day approaches next weekend (on February 14th, in case you forgot), instead of the usual flowers, chocolate and greeting card, why not try something a little more out of the box?

Make reservations at a local restaurant, and enjoy a romantic meal together. If you can’t get a reservation for the dinner hour, try a late reservation, and share a special dessert instead.

Maybe a last minute trip to a bed and breakfast is more appealing. If you can’t get a reservation for Saturday evening, try Friday night instead. Even if the bed and breakfast is only a few minutes away, the quick romantic retreat can go a long way to ridding yourself of the winter blues (and making the romantic gesture).

And if you aren’t one for the sappy, traditional Valentine ideas, then get out and spend the day doing something you love. Visit a museum or historic site; go shopping for something new, or antiquing for something old; catch a movie at a local theater…. whatever you choose, it’s about spending time with that special someone.

If you need some ideas on what to do or where to go, be sure to check the hundreds of listings on! is a free resource for all things travel and tourism across Eastern Pennsylvania. Visit us at today for more information.