Luzerne County is rich in history, from precolonial times to the Victorian age and the era when coal was king, creating a booming industry and fuel for a growing nation. Tour colonial homes or experience life for coal miners at Eckley Miners’ Village or deep underground at the Lackawanna Coal Mine. Get moving with a self-guided walking tour of Downtown Wilkes-Barre or ride the rails at Steamtown National Historic Site. You’ll find lots of ways to go back in time in Northeast PA!
Explore abandoned mines 300 feet beneath the earth and learn how men toiled their to harvest the "black diamonds" that fueled America’s Industrial Revolution.
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 Phone: 570.825.1500 Website View Map
First opened in 1909, the Courthouse is a breathtaking building with murals and mosaics that illustrate local and national history. Walk through the Courthouse and take in the art and incredible architectural designs!
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
69 S Franklin Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 Phone: 570.822.1727 WebsiteView Map
Founded in 1858, the Society chronicles the history of the Wyoming Valley from prehistoric times to the present in three floors of exhibits.
Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame
Memorabilia Museum located in Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton International Airport 100 Terminal Road Avoca, PA 18641 Phone: 570.824.7133 WebsiteView Map
Recognizing the outstanding achievements of local athletes.
Steamtown National Historic Site
Lackawanna Avenue at Cliff Street Scranton, PA 18503 Phone: 570.340.5200 or 888.693.9391 WebsiteView Map
Climb aboard an old steam engine. Enjoy a train excursion. Learn about steam railroading and the people who made it possible.
Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society
313 South River Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 Phone: 570.793.3631 - Please call for an appointment Website View Map
The Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society promotes the architectural and social history of Wilkes-Barre and is headquartered in the 1793 Zebulon Butler House.
Frederick Stegmaier Mansion
304 S Franklin Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 Phone: 570.823.9372 WebsiteView Map
Located in the River Street Historic District, The Frederick Stegmaier Mansion is a historic house, museum, banquet facility, and grand bed and breakfast.
Mary Stegmaier Mansion
156 S Franklin Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 Phone: 570.823.9372 WebsiteView Map
Lovely Victorian mansion that is a unique meeting and banquet space for weddings and other functions.
Guided tours of the historic 1807 church with original boxed pews, elevated pulpit, and hand-carved columns. Open Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend through the last Sunday of September. Tours on other days are available with advance arrangements.
Memorials & Sightseeing
Historical Brainerd Church
Off Route 93 Sybertsville, PA 18251 This brick church was constructed in 1853 and is a significant example of Greek Revival architecture. WebsiteView Map
Lattimer Massacre Memorial
62 Quality Road Hazle township, PA 18202 Site of the 1897 Miner Labor Strike. View Map
Luzerne Civil War Monument
Bennett Street Luzerne, PA 18709 This monument was erected to honor the unit stationed at an encampment on the town’s farmlands. This unit participated in numerous battles at Gettysburg. View Map
White Haven Area Community Library & Visitors Center
99 Towanda Street White Haven, PA. 18661 Phone: 570.443.8776 Housed in a former engine house, see artifacts and learn about the history of this mountain community. Find educational materials and programs for adults and children. WebsiteView Map
Wilkes-Barre Walking Tour
Phone: 888.905.2872 Self-guided tour from the Luzerne County Courthouse to Wilkes-Barre City Hall, visitors who take a walking tour of Wilkes-Barre will see a wide range of architectural styles and history living on through renovated buildings and structures.
Wyoming Avenue Wyoming, PA 18644 Phone: 570.693.0291 This monument was built in 1843 in memory of those who fought and died in the Battle of Wyoming in 1778. WebsiteView Map
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
110 N 3rd Street, Suite 220 Lehighton, PA 18235 Phone: 610.377.4063 Navigate the Delaware and Lehigh, 165 miles of America’s history. WebsiteView Map
Lackawanna Heritage Valley National & State Heritage Area
213 S 7th Avenue Scranton, PA 18505 Phone: 570.963.6730, ext. 8200 The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority works with partners to strengthen and enhance the historic, cultural, economic, and natural assets of the communities along the Lackawanna River using preservation, interpretation, and education to tell the region’s story. WebsiteView Map