Some More Historical Attractions in Luzerne County
Forty Fort Meeting House
Forty Fort dates back to 1807 was named after a fort in the Revolutionary War Era that was built by the town’s original forty settlers built. You can have a guided tour of the Forty Fort Meeting House with the originally boxed pews, hand-craved column, and elevated pulpit, and also visit the cemetery on Sundays from 1:00 t0 3:00 pm. Forty Fort is open to visitors from Sundays Memorial Day until the last Sunday in September (and also on the 4th of July and Labor Day). For tours on other days than Sundays, please make an advance arrangement.
Forty Fort Meeting House,20 River Street, Forty Fort, PA 18704, Phone: (570) 287-5214
Greater Hazleton Historical Society & Museum
Greater Hazleton Historical Society & Museum offers a nicely varied look at the people, events, and institutions that shaped the Hazleton community. The museum features interesting artifacts and exhibits that highlight the area’s anthracite mining days. The Museum was founded in 1980 and is run by a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve and interpret the rich and interesting cultural, architectural, and industrial heritage of Hazleton, the surrounding communities, and southern Luzerne County in general. The Historical Society is also dedicated to revitalizing Hazleton’s downtown area and residential neighborhoods.
Greater Hazleton Historical Society & Museum, 55 N Wyoming Street, Hazleton, PA 18201, Phone: (570) 455-8576
Houdini Tour & Museum
This is the only museum in the world that’s solely devoted to Houdini shows. The Houdini Museum is really a memorable experience that will be enjoyed by the entire family. For a very modest fee, you will have the chance to tour the majestic venue that (as the only place in the world) is entirely dedicated to the world-famous entertainer and escape artist Harry Houdini. This is a great place to take the kids and they will have a great learning experience that definitely family-oriented. See more things to do in Northeastern Pennsylvania here.
Houdini Museum, 1433 N Main Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508, Phone: (570) 342-5555
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
The Luzerne County Historical Society Museum was established in 1858. The Society and the Museum aim to highlight and preserve the rich heritage and history of Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley from the old prehistoric days to the present era. The museum has three floors where interesting artifacts and various exhibits that give a clear picture of the days gone by. It is the mission of the Luzerne County Historical Society to collect, preserve, and promote the great history and heritage that Luzerne County has offered. See also this Luzerne Adventure Weekend post.
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 49 S Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, Phone: (570) 823-6244
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Friedman Observatory Telescope
Take a look at this Griffith Observatory Telescope Tour video to get a really good idea of a telescope
Pennsylvania’s Friedman Observatory is operated by Penn State in Wilkes-Barre and located in Lehman, Luzerne County Pennsylvania, close to Wilkes-Barre. On Friday evenings, the Observatory is open to the public if weather conditions are favorable. You can come to one of the Observatory’s open houses and take a closer look at the beautiful skies while using the organization’s 16-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain LX200 telescope (16 inches is 0.40 meter). You don’t need to make any reservation.
The Friedman Observatory, Old Route 115, Lehman, PA 18627, Phone: (570) 675-2171