Shamokin, PA

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A Northumberland County Treasure

The City of Shamokin has been home to hardworking people for over 150 years. It is a true melting pot of immigrants who settled there looking for the American Dream and who were willing to achieve it from the toil of their brow in coal mines, factories, small mom and pop businesses and devotion to family and their churches. Those who still reside in Shamokin take pride in their ancestry and traditions, but they also look forward to a future of promise.

Leading this exciting revitalization is SABER, the Shamokin Area Businesses for Economic Revitalization, a vital and energized organization that fosters a business-friendly environment. SABER works to enrich the life of the community and improve the appearance, spirit and pride of the community. SABER honors, preserves and celebrates Shamokin's historic past while striving to achieve a vision of the community as a more desirable place to live and as a wonderful destination to work, shop, eat and gather.

Learn More History about the City of Shamokin.

Things to See and Do

  • Take a monument tour- From the JFK memorial to the 80-foot-high Soldiers and Sailors monument, dedicated to Civil War soldiers from Shamokin, you will get a distinct view of Shamokin’s history.

  • Visit the Shamokin Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Shamokin’s coal heritage, industry and commerce, enterprising leaders and industrious workers.

  • Favorite Shamokin Restaurants  - Satisfy your thirst and hunger while trying ethnic and favorite foods at restaurants, unique bars and a dog-friendly coffee shop.

  • Attend an annual festival - In the spring NCCAH hosts the annual Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts, a fun day featuring entertainment, children's activities and exhibits, food, vendors, crafters and artists plus historical tours, train & carriage rides and many more attractions throughout the day. The 4th of July fireworks can’t be beat at Shamokin’s culm bank. During the holidays, the whole city joins in celebrating a Downtown Christmas in Shamokin including Light Up Lincoln, a holiday concert with the Anthracite Symphonic Band, the Tharptown Christmas Display (an illumination of hundreds of vintage plastic and wooded figures) and other festivities. Ring in the New Year at the Shamokin Coal Drop.

  • Take a Mural TourMurals located throughout Shamokin’s downtown give a glimpse of Shamokin’s proud history.

  • Thomas Edison Illuminated Walking Tour - On a September evening in 1883, the famed inventor Thomas Edison led a crowd of townspeople through Shamokin to demonstrate his new electric lighting system. The Edison Illuminated Walking Tour follows the path of Edison's groundbreaking tour that evening over 100 years ago. Step back in time as you visit sites connected with Edison's world-changing work in Shamokin. Walk the steps of the tour he led showcasing the first commercial use of his electrical system for home, business and church. Learn about the Shamokin business leaders who invested in the first Edison Electric Illuminating Company in the world.

  • Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area is an extensive, family-oriented off-road trail system where riders of ATV's, SxS, dirt bikes and full-size vehicles can enjoy diverse trails on 8,000 acres of wooded land. AOAA also offers non-motorized recreation areas including a 3.1-mile walking trail with exercise stations and scenic outlooks, mountain biking trails, and hunting areas.

  • AOAA Portal into Downtown Shamokin – On weekends the City of Shamokin welcomes riders from AOAA to ride into town for dining and shopping. The access road to downtown is located on East Lincoln Street.

  • Welcome Center at Bamse Coffee and Roaster – A dog-friendly artisanal coffee shop near Shamokin's downtown welcomes customers both two-legged and four-legged. Bamse Coffee and Roaster, 150 E. Lincoln St., offers house-roasted coffees, homemade pastries and other breakfast, brunch and lunch items. The coffeehouse can be found inside the sanctuary of the historic stone Holy Trinity Episcopal Church which was purchased, saved from demolition and carefully restored by Sam & Kathy Vetovich. It is adjacent to the city’s Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area portal and access road. Also housed within the building is a Welcome Center and growing museum dedicated to showcasing Shamokin heritage including a full replica of the old WISL studio.