Eckley Miners’ Village
The owners’ lack of investment in the community means the village’s original appearance is readily evident. The village provides today’s 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.
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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,
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Eckley Miner’s 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 Eckley’s past to educate the public on the statewide and national significance of the anthracite region.
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 Miners’ 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. Touch 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 are Laborer’s Double Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Eckley Miners’ Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Exploring the Corridor (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˝ miles away); Weatherly Civil War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Weatherly War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Lehigh Gorge State Park (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weatherly.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.