As I’ve been planning our road trip, I wanted to give my kids a sense of their heritage. One of my immigrant ancestors, Henry (originally Heinrich) Hess, was a coal miner from Germany. Since we were already driving to Pennsylvania where my mother’s family has lived for generations, I decided on a tour of the Pioneer Tunnel coal mine in Ashland. We went on Saturday, on our way up to our family reunion in Wilkes-Barre, which was the next day.
For an additional fee, there is also a train ride and an adjacent museum, but we didn’t do either one, though I did take this picture of my dad and four youngest kids in front of the train.
We loved our drive through the beautiful Pennsylvania small towns and country side.
|Road cut through the mountain|
After arriving in Wilkes-Barre, we checked into our hotel and joined the extended family for dinner at a buffet restaurant. Later, the kids swam in the indoor pool with their second cousins.
Stay tuned for a post on the Hess memorial and reunion.