Introduction to Exeter, Pennsylvania
Exeter, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 10 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 95 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town, which is in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton area, has 5,955 residents.
This region was originally inhabited by Native Americans. In 1769, settlers from Pennsylvania and Connecticut began fighting for control of the land, a conflict which came to be known as the Pennamite-Yankee War. The county of Luzerne was formed on September 25, 1786, from parts of Northumberland County. In the early days, coal mining and lumber were the primary industries in the area. The community of Exeter, which was named after the ancient English city of Exeter in Devon, was incorporated as a borough in 1884.
Exeter and Nearby Attractions
- Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
- Scranton Iron Furnaces
- Steamtown National Historic Site
- Gouldsboro State Park
- Carousel Water & Fun Park
Things To Do In Exeter
The industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces can be found at the Scranton Iron Furnaces. Steamtown National Historic Site has artifacts which depict the history of main line steam railroading in the 19th and 20th centuries. Various collections of natural history, paleontology, and art memorabilia are housed in Everhart Museum. Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum showcases exhibits related to the mills, factories, and mines of Pennsylvania. Activities like fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, camping, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Frances Slocum State Park, Gouldsboro State Park, and Hickory Run State Park. Other popular places to visit near Exeter are Carousel Water & Fun Park, and Knoebels Amusement Park.
Air transportation is available from Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport.
Exeter Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the King's College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre.