Schuylkill County was created in 1811 from parts of Berks and Northampton counties and named for the Schuylkill River which originates the county. The land in Schuylkill county was acquired by Penn’s proprietors, three generations of Penns (William Penn, then his three sons; John, Thomas, and Richard, and then Richard’s son Governor John Penn). The county has a total of 783 square miles and located in the heart of the anthracite Coal Region of Eastern Pennsylvania, a historically important coal-mining area in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Points of Interest:
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train: Although the area abounds in mines, none were open to the general public. In 1963, the Pioneer Tunnel, which stopped operation in 1931, was retimbered and open as a place where visitors could experience a real anthracite coal mine. Part of the tunnel is timbered and part lies in solid rock. Visitors ride into the tunnel on mine cars rebuilt to carry passengers.
Yuengling Brewery: America’s Oldest Brewery which began when David Yuengling arrived from Wuerttemberg Germany and settled into the coal-mining town of Pottsville PA in 1829. During prohibition, Yuengling made near-beer, which was .5% alcohol. In 2012, 24/7 Wall St names Yuengling Traditional Lager “America’s #1 Favorite Beer” and in 2015 Yuengling tops the Brewer’s Association annual list of largest sellers of craft beer.