With over-cast skies, this is Historic Huff’s Church
Written in the National Historic Places of Pennsylvania is the once mining town of Eckly.
At one time, back in the 1800’s when Coal was King, many miners and their families lived here working in the cold, dark, man made hell of the Anthracite Mines. Working out a merger existence to feed their families and keep food on their table.
The Miners that worked and lived here did not have all that much. A roof over their heads that included this typical kitchen of it’s day. The Coal Stove was the main heat of the home and would be moved outside during the Summer to keep the home as cool as possible.
Coal was hauled up from the Mine in these Coal cars. The old Coal Breaker is one of 3 that were built on this site.
The man who owned the Mine lived in this house with his Family and Servants. He had it much better than the Miners who made him the money.
This small mining town had a Catholic Church, pictured above, a Store which most miners were in debt to, a Social Hall where everyone could gather on different nights or day’s of the week, gardens where most of the food was grown. This is the original Church from then.
Looking inside the original Church at the Alter.
Not my photo. Taken from the Eckly site showing how it looked to work in a Mine.
Not only did the men work in the Mines, but young boy’s did too. Called “Breaker Boy’s” it was their job to separate the Coal from the shale, plus other duties such as pulling the Mules and Horse’s in and out of the Mine. It was not uncommon for boy’s at the age of 7 yrs. to work long hours right along with their Fathers. There were no Labor Laws back then. Sometimes they worked 12 – 14 hrs. a day and hardly saw the light of day.
Here at the Eckly Village there is also a Museum that has many artifacts of the tools that were used, also the clothing, dishware, stoves, candles, and much more. It’s interesting to walk around and see what once was so long ago. Be thankful for what you have today. They didn’t have much. Only what they could provide.
As most of you know already, I enjoy going to different Historical places that are here around my area and are not to far away to travel. This past Summer there was a Living History Exhibit at the Daniel Boone Historical Center where, many years ago, our famous Woodsman Daniel Boone once lived with his Mother and Father before starting out on his own.
Once a year the Daniel Boone History Center puts on a Living History Exhibit complete with British and Colonial Soldiers dressed in authentic wear that was common back in the 1700’s. Exhibits that are here show how the Colonists lived back then with tools, tents, flatware, dresses for Ladies, and tables filled with books and jewelry that was made as authentic as possible to the real things. It’s nice to walk around and see what was once worn and used back in those day’s. There is also Ladies walking around wearing those long hoop skirts and demonstrations using a real spinning reel and how it worked.
Another interesting thing they have is a live fire complete with British and Colonial Soldiers getting into a skirmish between the two Army’s that actually did happen on the grounds during the Revolutionary War. Everything is authentic, down to the buttons on the uniforms. The muskets are fired at one another with black powder, but no ball is loaded. Just a blank shooting. The air is filled with yelling and smoke from the musket fire. A few dead bodies are strewn around the field from both sides to show loss of Life and to make the skirmish as real as possible. I had taken a number of other Images, but the others did not survive the transfer from one computer to another.
It was very hot that day in July. How the actors dressed in the uniform of that day could stand the heat, was beyond me. Carrying all their equipment and muskets was tough work, but they enjoy doing it every year. I enjoyed it too.
The Bethany Methodist Church is one of the older Churches located in Hamburg, PA
Located on Island St. it has been standing for more than 100 yrs. I attended this church when I was a young boy. Today, it still remains the same as it did back then. The sandbox in the Sunday School Room, that I used to play in while my Mother attended Church Service’s still remains as it was so long ago.
The once mighty St. Nickolas Coal Breaker.
Located just outside the Coal Mining Town of Shenandoah, PA stands this empty and abandoned Breaker that used to process the raw coal from the Anthracite Mines around the area. At one time back in the early 1900’s it employed more than 400 Miners. Processing hundreds of tons of Coal to ship by rail and truck to heat homes and industry in our Nation. There were other Breakers around, but this one was the biggest in the area. Not many of these old Breakers exist anymore. Most have been torn down to make room for progress. This one will probably meet the same fate.
I walked around this kinda spooky place. Lot’s of junk laying around and holes in the ground where something once stood. There was nothing here, except me and my camera. The wind blowing thru the empty structure made a strange noise that always kept me looking around. I had taken other Images, but they didn’t survive the change over from my Tower to a Laptop.