Introduction to Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania
Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, in Northumberland county, is 40 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 88 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town has a population of approximately 6,390.
Mount Carmel History
On August 22, 1749, this region was purchased from the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederation. The area now known as Mount Carmel was originally settled by Europeans in 1770. Prior to this, various tribes of the Iroquois nation inhabited the region. In 1812, Richard Yarnall constructed the Mount Carmel Inn, which was strategically located midway between Pottsville and Danville on the Centre Turnpike. Following the completion of the Philadelphia and Sunbury Railroad in 1854, a number of collieries were established in the community. Mount Carmel was incorporated as a township on November 14, 1854. The Borough of Mount Carmel was incorporated as a part of this township on November 3rd, 1862.
Mount Carmel and Nearby Attractions
- Museum of Anthracite Mining
- Joseph Priestley House
- Hershey's Chocolate World
- State Museum of Pennsylvania
- Williams Grove Amusement Park
- Swatara State Park
Things To Do In Mount Carmel
The history of Mount Carmel, which was once a part of the anthracite coal mining region, is depicted through exhibits at the Museum of Anthracite Mining. The community also offers easy access to various historic sites and museums like the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Hershey Museum, Slifer House Museum, Joseph Priestley House, and John O'Hara House. The Swatara State Park, Locust Lake State Park, and Shikellamy State Park offer opportunities for boating, biking, hiking, fishing, camping, and horseback riding. Once known as "The City of Churches", Mount Carmel is home to more than twenty,some of which are the United Presbyterian Church, St Michael's Orthodox Church, First Church of God, and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Among other popular destinations in the area are Williams Grove Amusement Park, Hershey's Chocolate World, and Indian Echo Caverns.
Mount Carmel Transportation
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Mount Carmel Higher Education
Bloomsburg University, Penn State Schuylkill, and Penn State Hazleton are some of the colleges near Mount Carmel.