Eckley Historic District

Also known as: Town of Eckley; Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum,Eckley Village
Both sides of Main St. through town of Eckley, Eckley, Pennsylvania

A former coal company town in the anthracite region; now a museum.


07 Breaker Repliva Eckley

The replica breaker

Photo taken by Chester Gehman August 10, 1982



Street View 


Eckley, for the most part, has remained unchanged and is typical of the coal towns of the anthracite era. Paramount Pictures used the town as the setting for the 1969 motion picture "The Molly Maguires" starring Sean Connery. They constructed replicas of a frame coal breaker and a company store at that time. Today it is the Eckley Village Unit of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 26, 1971
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Gothic
Areas of significance
Industry; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Institutional housing; Extractive facility
Current functions
Museum; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
ca. 1870; 1880
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 53

Update Log 

  • January 5, 2021: New photos from Chester Gehman