As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, and the weekend that is sure to fill Irish pubs all over the country, we continue to highlight the Celtic themed taverns covered inside the American Public House Review. Today we go deep into the mountains of Carbon County, Pennsylvania to find a truly Irish-American heritage at the Molly Maguires.
The deep and painful history of coal mining in this area of the country permeates the town of Jim Thorpe, PA. The Molly Maguires focuses on the labor struggles that took place as a result of this sorted past.
So who were the Molly Maguires? History has lost most of the details to their story, and much of it was shrouded in secrecy. There is even some who question whether such a group ever existed. But what we do know is that there were groups of coalminers who fought their companies and attempted to unionize the labor force. One such group, many of whom were hung in Jim Thorpe when it was known as Mauch Chunk, is now known in history by that name. It is their legacy that defines the unique Irish-American heritage of this little town.
But besides peaking into a somewhat forgotten history for those of us who are tourists to the area, Molly’s is also a great place to stop for a drink and some grub. I have been there on more than one St. Patrick’s Day. And even though it is somewhat subdued when compared to the local parade day, it is still a great place to sit and observe the holiday.