Introduction Archbald, Pennsylvania
Archbald, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna county, is 8 miles NE of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 88 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town, which is conveniently located inside the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area, has an estimated 6,220 residents.
The first European settlers in the region were the Irish Catholics who came from Ireland in 1845 driven by the potato famine. The Archbald Borough area, formerly known as White Oak Run, was given its present name in 1876 and was named after James Archbald who worked as an engineer with the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company. In 1877, Archbald was incorporated from the Blakely Township.
Archbald and Nearby Attractions
- Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
- Steamtown National Historic Site
- Scranton Iron Furnaces
- Archbald Pothole State Park
- Promised Land State Park
- Carousel Water & Fun Park
Things To Do In Archbald
Exhibits related to natural history, art, and paleontology are displayed at the Everhart Museum. The story of the mills, factories, and mines of Pennsylvania is narrated through exhibits at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum. The Steamtown National Historic Site chronicles the development of main line steam railroads from 1850 and 1950. Remnants of the stone blast furnaces that were built during the 1850s for the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company are accessible from the town. The 2,971-acre Promised Land State Park offers hiking, horseback riding, boating, camping, fishing, and biking opportunities.
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International is the nearest airport.
Archbald Higher Education
Penn State Worthington Scranton, Lackawanna College, and Marywood University are located close to the town.