The talented blacksmiths of three generations of the Hegarty family dedicated their skills to the betterment of Tamaqua Area busineses and families. Their shop, established in 1848, remained in continuous use until 1973.
Dale Freudenberger, president of the Tamaqua Historical Socity, shares a compelling account of the activities of the Hegarty family in Tamaqua from a vantage point opposite their former shop. And we get to look inside too.
Watch Dale Freudenberger’s facinating account of the history that lies at the root of the Molly Maguire Auto Tour in the Tamaqua Area.
Watch this segment to learn the background on the preservation of the former residence of Neil Dougherty.
Dougherty was tried and convicted of involvement in the alleged Molly-Maguire-related murder of mine superintendent Frank W. S. Langdon in 1862.
He served five years in Eastern State Penitentiary, then returned to his home in Tuscarora where he ultimately died in 1916.
View this webisode to learn a bit about 19th century industrialist and entrepreneur Daniel Shepp and the house he built in Tamaqua.
In use since 1888, the Shepp house been restored to its former glory with a little bit of help from the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.
It is now owned and occupied as a law office by a prominent local attorney.