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.

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.

PPL Riverlands Recreation Area

Something new from is our weekly blog. We want to start highlighting things to do in the area and this is a great way to do it!

This week we are featuring the PPL Riverlands Recreation Area on US Route 11 near Berwick. The 400-acre recreation area is located on the western side of the Susquehanna River and also has a nature preserve where visitors can learn all about the plant and animal life of the Susquehanna River Valley.  Visitors are welcome daily and the park is open until dusk.

The PPL Riverlands trail will get you up close to many species of plants and animals. Their guided programs are educational and fun, allowing guests to see first hand what they are learning about. Visitors can also dig in with hands-on activities designed for guests of all ages.

This natural recreation area is a great way to spend an afternoon and get out as the weather warms up.

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Have a great week!