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Village of Shoaf

Built in 1904 by the H.C. Frick Company, the Village of Shoaf is a small coal mining town (known as a "patch") which supported the local coal mine and the coke ovens the mine supplied. Shoaf itself was quite typical of a patch in the heyday of the Coal and Coke Era in the Connellsville Coke Region (a region roughly defined as 3 miles wide at the foot of and paralleling the Laurel Mountain range from Smithfield to Latrobe where great quantities of high quality coal were once found).

What makes Shoaf specal today is that is perhaps the best remaining example of a patch from the era when "coal was king and coke was queen". Many of the company houses are still intact and the character of the community is somewhat preserved. And as important, the behive coke ovens are still in remarkable shape. The last commercial production of coke anywhere using the beehive process was in these ovens in 1972, thus closing the final chapter of the coal and coke era in the region. In earlier days, the region literarally had tens of thousands of coke ovens, and the sky at night would be orange with fires of the ovens.

This is an attraction only to those interested in the coal and coke era. Some effort will be required to view many of the relics. Shoaf gives us the one of the best possible glimpses of the region's industrial past. It, too, may soon fade into the mist of history.


Contact Information

Probably the most informative source of information about Shoaf is:
Coal and Coke Heritage Center.............Tues, Thur, and Fri, 9 AM-2 PM.
Penn State University-Fayette Campus Library
Route 119 North
Uniontown. PA 15401
724.430.4158
email: pxs47@psu.edu
Heritage Center Web Site

Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

  • Cross Route 21 and Travel 1.5 mi South on Twp 478
  • At intersection continue straight (south) for 2.3 mi on Twp3009
  • Turn Left onto Shoaf Road
  • Travel 1 mi to Shoaf

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