A rich history combined with outdoor recreation makes Schuylkill County the ideal place to live and work for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city living.

Overview

Schuylkill County lies in the heart of the anthracite coal region of Eastern Pennsylvania. The county includes the city of Pottsville and dozens of smaller towns and boroughs and is home to 150,000 residents. In Pottsville, you’ll find Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill.

Education

Colleges and universities

Penn State Schuylkill Campus, Schuylkill Haven

Alvernia University - Schuylkill Center, Pottsville

Lehigh Carbon Community College - Morgan Center, Tamaqua

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing

Students who graduate from Tamaqua Area High School have the opportunity to attend Lehigh Carbon Community College for free for up to two years thanks to the Morgan Success Scholarship.

Primary education

Blue Mountain School District

Mahanoy Area School District

Minersville Area School District

North Schuylkill School District (also in Columbia County)

Panther Valley School District (also in Carbon County)

Pine Grove Area School District

Pottsville Area School District

Saint Clair Area School District

Schuylkill Haven Area School District

Shenandoah Valley School District

Tamaqua Area School District

Williams Valley School District (also in Dauphin County)

Entertainment

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy arts and entertainment in Schuylkill County. The Majestic Theater, located in Pottsville, hosts more than 50 events each year including live music, movies, stage productions, children’s shows and more. The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble has a 30-year history of performing chamber music masterpieces in Schuylkill County. The

Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, housed in the former Yuengling Mansion, offers guided tours and year-round events. For art enthusiasts, the Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven houses 16 individual creative studios for working artist and is open to the community for classes, workshops, art camps and informal discussions.

Now open to the public, Muhammad Ali’s former training camp now known as “Fighter’s Heaven” is located in Deer Lake, just south of Pottsville.

Penn’s Peak, the Lehigh Valley and Pocono Mountains premier entertainment venue, is located nearby in Jim Thorpe. The entertainment venue overlooks Beltzville Lake and hosts weddings, special events and concerts throughout the year.

Pottsville is home to America’s oldest brewery. The Yuengling Brewery was established in 1829. The brewery is a National Historic Landmark and is open for tours and tastings.

Numerous festivals and events take place in Schuylkill County, including:

Schuylkill County is within comfortable driving distance to professional sports, world-class museums and performances, and other cultural opportunities in New York (approximately 2 hours away), Philadelphia (a 90-minute drive) and other major cities.

Attractions and Recreation

Schuylkill County is home to three state parks, seven campgrounds and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, you can enjoy a fall hawk watch, scenic vistas and hiking trails. With arts and entertainment, outdoor recreation and parades and festivals, there are opportunities to explore all of your interests in Schuylkill County.

In Schuylkill County, you’ll find numerous public and private golf courses and recreational opportunities for all ages.

Schuylkill County Links

Schuylkill County Community Health Needs Assessment

Schuylkill County Visitor’s Bureau

Schuylkill County Historical Society

Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce

Schuylkill County Government

Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation

Pottsville Area Development Corporation

Renninger’s Farmer’s Market

Hometown Farmer’s Market

Pottsville Republican & Herald

Newswatch 16, WNEP-TV

Eye Witness News, WBRE-TV

69 News, WFMZ-TV