242 – Life in Eckley

In 1854, a new mine and coal patch town of Eckley was created in southern Luzerne County wilderness.

Only five years later, the enterprise had proven so profitable that the town included 130 houses, a sawmill, a hotel, a company store, several shops and three churches.

Coal Patch, Take Two: The Preservation of Eckley Miners’ Village
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234 – Castlecomer and the Wandesfordes

Lord Deputy Sir Christopher Wandesforde

The Wandesforde family were gentry in Yorkshire, England, where they held an estate called Kirklington Manor.

In 1637, Lord Christopher Wandesforde was granted land in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Successive generations of the Wandesforde family controlled this estate until the 1950s.

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