Introduction to Taylor, Pennsylvania
Taylor, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna county, is 2 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 92 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is considered part of the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area.
This area was originally settled in 1790, and was known as "Taylorville." According to some records, the community was named in honor of the railroad promoter, Moses Taylor. In the 18th and 19th century, the economy was dependent on silk manufacturing and coal mining. Over the years, the community came to be known as "Taylor." It was officially incorporated as a borough in 1893.
Taylor and Nearby Attractions
- Everhart Museum
- Steamtown National Historic Site
- Scranton Iron Furnaces
- Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
- Frances Slocum State Park
- Ross Park Zoo
Things To Do In Taylor
Steamtown National Historic Site, a place of historic interest near Taylor, showcases the history of main line steam railroading from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Exhibits on art, natural history, and paleontology are housed in the Everhart Museum, while the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum features artifacts depicting the history of Pennsylvania's mills, mines, and factories. Another popular attraction near Taylor is the Scranton Iron Furnaces which includes the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces. The 5,440-acre Tobyhanna State Park offers opportunities for the enjoyment of boating, hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and picnicking. Among other popular destinations in the region are Gouldsboro State Park, Ross Park Zoo, and Carousel Water & Fun Park.
Air transportation is available from the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport.
Taylor Higher Education
Colleges close to Taylor include the Johnson College, Lackawanna College, Marywood University, University of Scranton, and Penn State Worthington Scranton.