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Charter Day to be noted at Eckley Miners' Village

Published February 25. 2011 05:00PM

Celebrate the founding of Pennsylvania at "Charter Day" at Eckley Miners' Village on Sunday, March 13, from noon to 5 p.m. and be treated to a showing of the classic film, "The Molly Maguires," which was filmed at Eckley.

The film will be screened in the Museum auditorium at 2 p.m., and there will be a Molly Maguire display in the lobby. The Gift Shop will be open. Admission to the museum and film are free.

On March 4, 1681, King Charles II of Great Britain gave William Penn the charter for the land that became Pennsylvania. As part of its mission, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission annually celebrates Heritage Week and Charter Day at The State Museum in Harrisburg and at various state historical sites across the state, including Eckley Miners' Village.

Eckley Miners' Village is a living history museum focusing on the daily life of the anthracite coal miner and his family. Settled in 1854, the village is one of hundreds of company mining towns or "patches" built in the anthracite region during the 19th century. The site preserves a way of life which dominated the anthracite coal region for more than 150 years.

Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Village is open year-round. It is closed for all holidays except Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Eckley is located just off Route 940 in Luzerne County, 10 miles east of Hazleton.

For additional information, call the Village at (570) 636-2070, or visit its website at

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