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Weatherly in Carbon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Eckley Minersí Village

1854

 
 
Eckley Minersí Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
1. Eckley Minersí Village Marker
Inscription. Eckley Minersí Village opened in 1854 as anthracite coal-mining became the predominant regional industry. Homes and a company store were first established. A colliery (breaker), additional houses, churches, hotel, school and outbuildings erected in the late 19th century reflect the growth of mining and the community in the late 19th century. A series of owners—of both the village and its underlying minerals—controlled the community during its 115 year life as a private concern.

The ownersí lack of investment in the community means the villageís original appearance is readily evident. The village provides todayís visitors with an authentic reflection of life in an anthracite mining town from the 19th to the mid-20th centuries. Paramount Studios selected Eckley as a movie set for the Molly Maguires in 1967-68 because it so well reflected 19th century mining life, the story, and time the movie conveyed. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acquired the village and opened it as a museum in 1971.

(Inscription below the images on the left) (Image above)
Individual buildings and much of the village as a whole have been well preserved. In this 1873 map, Eckley had a second active street lined with homes and a breaker several hundred feet from the current location. Eckley, like many communities, has changed over time. Thus,

Eckley Minersí Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
2. Eckley Minersí Village Marker
the second active street and original breaker are no longer evident in the village today. (Source: Beers Company map, 1873)
(Image to the left)
Eckley Minerís Village today. More than 200 people lived here when the Commonwealth opened this as a historic site in 1971. Fewer than 20 residents remain today. They and former residents continue to provide insight and information used for historic preservation, interpretation, and telling the stories of Eckleyís past to educate the public on the statewide and national significance of the anthracite region.
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Anthracite coal was the heating and iron making fuel of choice for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is only found in quantity in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Eckley Minersí Village, and other partners throughout northeastern Pennsylvania preserve and tell the story of the anthracite region and its people.
 
Erected by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
 
Location. 40° 59.685′ N, 75° 51.403′ W. Marker is in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker is on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly PA 18255, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Eckley Minersí Village-Out buildings image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
3. Eckley Minersí Village-Out buildings
are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Laborerís Double Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); Exploring the Corridor (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Eckley Minersí Village (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Eckley Miners' Village (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Weatherly Civil War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Weatherly War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Lattimer Massacre (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Weatherly.
 
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Eckley Minersí Village-Breaker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
4. Eckley Minersí Village-Breaker
Eckley Minersí Village-Maintenance shop image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
5. Eckley Minersí Village-Maintenance shop
Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
6. Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween
Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
7. Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween
Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
8. Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween
Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
9. Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween
Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 29, 2015
10. Eckley Minersí Village-Halloween
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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