Introduction to Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna county, is 6 miles NW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 95 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town, which is conveniently located inside the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area, has an estimated 5,126 residents.
Clarks Summit History
William Clark, a veteran of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Bunker Hill and the first settler to arrive, was granted 800 acres by the Congress. However, becasue of a dispute between Connecticut and Pennsylvania over control of the land, Clark ultimately had to pay for the entire property. He moved into a log cabin with his family in March, 1799. The community, which was named "Clarks Summit" in his honor, was officially incorporated on the 30th of August, 1911. The town has been home to many famous personalities like Lauren Weisberger, author of "The Devil Wears Prada"; Adam Rippon, figure skater; and Amber Jacobs, WNBA basketball player.
Clarks Summit and Nearby Attractions
- Everhart Museum
- Scranton Iron Furnaces
- Frances Slocum State Park
- Leonard Buck Garden
- Ross Park Zoo
- Lahey Family Fun Park
Things To Do In Clarks Summit
Scranton Iron Furnaces, which houses the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces, is a place of historic interest near Clarks Summit. These furnaces were originally built in the mid-19th century. At the Everhart Museum, visitors can view exhibits reflecting the natural history, paleontology, and art of the region. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum showcases artifacts related to the mines, factories, and mills of Pennsylvania. The 5,440-acre Tobyhanna State Park offers amenities for camping, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and picnicking. Among other popular destinations in the region are the Ross Park Zoo, Carousel Water & Fun Park, Leonard Buck Garden, and Knoebels Amusement Park.
Clarks Summit Transportation
The closest major airport is Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport.
Clarks Summit Higher Education
Clarks Summit is home to the Baptist Bible College and Seminary. Other colleges nearby include the Lackawanna College, Marywood University, and Johnson College.