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Coal Country

The Schuylkill River begins in the mountains of northern Schuylkill County. The region is best known for the vast quantities of hard anthracite coal that lay beneath the surface and helped fuel America’s Industrial Revolution during the 19th and 20th centuries. The mines attracted thousands of immigrant workers from around the world to Schuylkill County, creating a rich and diverse cultural community. Many of the foods, crafts, languages, and artistic traditions that these groups brought with them survive in Schuylkill County today.

Visitors can experience the life of a coal miner by touring the Pioneer Tunnel, one of the longest operating coal mines in the region, in Ashland. Pottsville is the home to the Yuengling Brewery and was the site of the hangings of several of the infamous Molly Maguires in the 1870s. The Molly Maguire Auto Tour is a fascinating narrated journey through the lives and times of the Mollies that takes visitors to several of Schuylkill County’s most unique communities. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to visit Locust Lake State Park and Tuscarora State Park for hiking, boating, and fishing opportunities. The area is home to numerous small towns, diverse cultural communities, and a wealth of recreational opportunities.

Places to Visit in Coal Country

Historical Society of Schuylkill County

Schuylkill County’s heritage is captured in the recorded manuscripts, books, newspapers, photographs, microfilm and genealogical materials which are available to the Society members as well as scholars, students and...

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Jerry’s Classic Car Museum

A museum with an authentic atmosphere displaying fine motor vehicles from yesteryear. Over 20,000 collectible items of interest will stir fond memories. Established in 1966. Sponsor of the Annual...

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Locust Lake State Park

Known for its popular camping area, Locust Lake State Park nestles on the side of Locust Mountain. The 52-acre Locust Lake is located between two campgrounds and is surrounded...

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Molly Maguire Auto Tour

Were the Molly Maguires victims or villains? You decide, as you visit the sites where the organized labor movement began and relive the events that lead to the death...

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Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine

Pioneer Tunnel is a horizontal drift mine. Its level tunnel runs 1800 feet straight into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain. You make the trip in comfort, riding in...

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Railway Restoration Project 113

Railway Restoration Project 113 is a non-profit organization dedicated to the history of railroading in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. At the heart of the project is the restoration of Central...

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Tamaqua Train Station

The Tamaqua Passenger Station of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad was constructed in 1874 in grand Victorian style at the height of the coal age. The railroad ceased passenger...

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Tuscarora State Park

When viewed from the lake or the day use area, Locust Mountain seems to drop right into the southern side of Tuscarora Lake. The scenic picnic area plays host...

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Yuengling Brewery Tours

Come tour the site of America’s Oldest Brewery. Discover the hand-dug fermentation caves that were used for storage before refrigeration. Wander through time and enjoy a taste of living...

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