Attractions

Anthracite Miners Memorial

  • Girard Park, Washington & Main Sts, Shenandoah
  • Park and sculpted monument dedicated to the thousands of men who mined Anthracite Coal in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Anthracite

The Museum of Anthracite Mining focuses on the history of anthracite coal mining industries and technology. It features a diverse collection of tools, machinery and photographs that depicts the mining of hard coal. Exhibits and equipment offer a unique glimpse of work in and around the anthracite mines, from an era when workers labored underground with pick and shovel-to the surface mining operations of today.

Nearby, the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train allow visitors to examine firsthand the rigorous work of the coal miner. Easily accessible from I-81. From I-80 take I-81 to Exit 124B (Frackville Exit) then take PA Route 61 N. to Ashland. From I-78 – take Route 61 N. to Ashland.

Centralia, PA

A Pennsylvania community consumed by an underground mine fire. Less than 1 mile from Ashland on Rt. 61 North experience a once vibrant town that is really no longer a town. The story began sometime in 1962 along the outskirts of Centralia when trash was burned in the pit of an abandoned strip mine, which connected to a coal vein running near the surface. Today Centralia is a near-ghost town with only a few remaining residents.

Home of the Famous Dorsey Brothers

The Dorsey Brothers Big Band sounds of the 30s, 40s and 50s entertained millions across the country and beyond. Visit the Burial Site of Tommy Dorsey in Shenandoah.

Tommy Dorsey

  • Born: November 19, 1905 Shenandoah, PA
  • Died: November 26, 1956 Greenwich, CT
  • Marriages:”Toots” Pat Dane
  • Theme Song: I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

Mothers’ Memorial

Looking over the postcard town of Ashland is Whistler’s mother. The world’s only three-dimensional replica of James McNeill Whistler’s iconic painting. The Ashland Boy’s Association (ABA) back in the heart of the Great Depression, set her half-ton bronze figure upon a granite throne, surrounded by beautiful Old-World stonemason walls. Etched in the granite, in foot-high letters, is this simple proclamation: A mother is the holiest thing alive.

Old White Church

Outside of town on the Ringtown-Brandonville Highway is the Old White Church, dedicated in 1842, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours by appointment only.

Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train …the Other Land Down Under.

Where miner-guides relate the fascinating history of anthracite coal, as you tour an underground mine and ride an old-time steam train. Gift shop offers fine handcrafted jewelry, coal related gifts, books and fine apparel. Lunch and snack bar is adjacent to a spacious park and playground, and there is plenty of free on-site parking. Easily accessible from I-81. From I-80 take I-81 to Exit 124B (Frackville Exit) then take PA Route 61 N. to Ashland. From I-78 – take Route 61 N. to Ashland.

Old Saint Nicholas Breaker

Rt. 54 at the border of Mahanoy City and one mile west of Shenandoah

The Old St. Nicholas Breaker, located just outside of Mahanoy City, was
constructed in 1930 and began operating in 1932. Half of the village of
Suffolk was relocated in order to create room for Reading Anthracite’s Old
St. Nicholas Breaker, the largest coal breaker in the world. 20 miles of
railroad track were laid, 3,800 tons of steel and more than 10,000 cubic
yards of concrete were used. A mile and a half of conveyor lines, 25 miles
of conduit, 26,241 square feet of rubber belting, 118 miles of wire and
cable and 20 miles of pipe were installed. When the breaker was constructed it was divided into two sides. Each side could be operated independently, producing 12,500 tons of coal a day. Once the raw coal enters the production process within the breaker it took just 12 minutes to pass through the
entire breaker.

For 31 years, the Old St. Nicholas Breaker prepared all sizes of Famous READING ANTHRACITE for the markets of the world.

Victor Schertzinger Historical Marker

Victor Schertzinger was born in Mahanoy City and raised in his family’s jewelry store at 115 West Centre Street. Award winning composer, he composed songs for the Ziegfeld Follies, produced the first Technicolor movie, and was nominated for three Academy Awards, receiving one in 1934 for the “Best Musical Score.” He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.