- Life in Schuylkill County
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.
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.
Colleges and universities
Alvernia University - Schuylkill Center, Pottsville
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.
North Schuylkill School District (also in Columbia County)
Panther Valley School District (also in Carbon County)
Williams Valley School District (also in Dauphin County)
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 artists 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:
- Yuengling Lager Jogger
- Schuylkill Haven Borough Days
- Tamaqua Heritage Festival
- Orwigsburg Heritage Festival
- Minersville Heritage Festival
- Pottsville On Tap
- Hegins Craft Fair
- Winter Carnival
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.