Introduction to Plymouth, Pennsylvania
Plymouth, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 18 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 98 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton area.
This area was originally settled in 1766, following the establishment of the Susquehanna Company. Based on the community charter, the area was claimed by the State of Connecticut, which eventually led to the Pennamite-Yankee War during which settlers from Connecticut and Pennsylvania fought for control over the lands. The Plymouth area had rich deposits of hard coal, and coal shipping started in 1807. The community also manufactured industrial products like miners' squibs, mining drilling machines, silk, lumber, and hosiery. In 1869, 110 miners died in a mine fire in Plymouth.
Plymouth and Nearby Attractions
- Scranton Iron Furnaces
- Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
- Everhart Museum
- Frances Slocum State Park
- Knoebels Amusement Park
Things To Do In Plymouth
The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum showcases artifacts related to the mines, factories, and mills of Pennsylvania. Various art, natural history, and paleontology exhibits are housed in the Everhart Museum. Scranton Iron Furnaces, a historic site near Plymouth, features the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces. Activities like biking, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, whitewater boating, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Frances Slocum State Park, Lehigh Gorge State Park, and Hickory Run State Park. Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and Knoebels Amusement Park are among other popular attractions in the region.
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is the closest major airport.
Plymouth Higher Education
King's College, Wilkes University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Luzerne County Community College are located near Plymouth.