Welcome to Girardville
Former President Bill Clinton
Girardville St. Patricks Day Parade
Speaking to Crowd
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
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."
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
Girardville Borough Hall
4th and B Streets
Girardville, PA 17935
Larry Kachelries, Mayor
Charles Marquardt, Council President
Elementary, Secondary and Special
North Schuylkill Schuylkill District
Trinity Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center (K-6)
Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29
St. Josephs Center for Special Learning
Girardville Annual Community Events
St. Patrick's Day Weekend
- "The Clover Classic" Golf Event
- Jack Kehoe Division Ancient
Order of Hibernians St. Patricks Parade
- Girardville PRIDE "Lucky Duck Derby"
- The Rainbow's End Classic Car Show
|Girardville Main Street "Make
Over Weekend" - Saturday
Memorial Day Weekend
|American Legion Veteran's
Parade - Memorial Day
3rd Saturday in August at Pioneer Tunnel/Higher-ups Park in Ashland
Girardville PRIDE "Top of the Mornin"
- Upper Schuylkill Homecoming - 1st Sunday September
PRIDE Halloween Decorating Contest - 4th Friday October
|Girardville PRIDE Christmas Tree Lighting
- Thanksgiving Day
|Girardville PRIDE Christmas
Cookie Baking Contest and "Holiday Decorating Contest"
- 3rd Sunday December
|New Life Commmunity Church Horse and Trolley
Caroling - 3rd Sunday December