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Welcome to Girardville

Girardville - best known as home to the infamous Molly Maguires - is located along PA Route 54 in the Upper Schuylkill Region, and serves as an important link among our local communities.

The borough was named after mariner, merchant and philanthropist Stephen Girard, who in 1830 purchased the acreage that would eventually become Girardville from heirs of Pennsylvania founder William Penn.

Girardville's connection to the Molly Maguires - the secret society of rebel Irish miners who occasionally used violence against corrupt anthracite coal companies in the 19th century to protest labor injustice - can be explored today at the village's historic Hibernian House in the Wayne Hotel, which features the door to the prison cell that confined some of the Mollies during the trial that eventually resulted in the public hanging of 10 members of the radical group on June 21, 1877, a day remembered as "The Day of the Rope."

Learn more about Girardville's Downtown Revitalization

The Wayne Hotel was owned by "The King of the Mollies" John "Black Jack" Kehoe - portrayed by Sean Connery in the 1970 major motion picture The Molly Maguires.

Descendants of Kehoe operate the hotel and pub today and welcome an opportunity to interpret their family history to patrons and visitors


Girardville celebrates its Irish heritage each Saint Patrick's Day with a festive parade that brings thousands of visitors to the village streets to enjoy the colorful sights and sounds of bagpipers, community groups, and high school bands.

Visitors will enjoy a tour of Girardville's Molly Maguire territory, and a curbside seat at one of our region's most fun-filled events.

Girardville Borough Hall

4th and “B” Streets

Girardville, PA 17935


Edward Burns, Mayor

Charles Marquardt, Council President

Elementary, Secondary and Special Education

North Schuylkill Schuylkill District

Trinity Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center (K-6)

Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29

St. Joseph’s Center for Special Learning

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