Eckley Miners' Village
For an immersive local historic experience like no other visit Eckley Miners' Village in the Poconos. This village is the perfect example of a 19th-century industrial coal-mining town, showing visitors what life was like when 'coal was king'. This mine, in particular, produced Anthracite, the highest quality, and most efficient coal variety.
First built in 1870, this mining patch town holds a preserved coal mine village from the industrial revolution that features walking tours and an onsite museum. The village itself will give you an appreciation of 'the hardships of the pursuit of the American Dream', this rural industrial community holding quite the interesting history.
A walking tour will begin with a 17-minute orientation film that gives a more detailed background on the village and its history, then takes you to the exhibit hall which 'brings to life the hardships of the Eckley miner and his family through the artifact and pictorial displays'. After your group explores these displays you will be taken on a guided walk through the village, which will include admission into several different buildings, such as the following: Immaculate Conception Church (1861), Eckley Sports and Social Club (1946), Slate Picker's House (1854), Laborer's Dwelling (1854), Co. Store (1968), and St. James Episcopal Church (1859). The tour will last about 1.5 hours total.
Student groups will want to take advantage of the online educational resources before the trip, with several different downloadable activity worksheets arranged by subject.
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