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Mission Statement

The Sophia Coxe Foundation and Education Center was established in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, working to promote, preserve, and interpret the philanthropic life work of Sophia Coxe, the influence of her husband Eckley B. Coxe on the mining industry, the history of Northeastern Pennsylvania anthracite mining heritage, and to provide a learning center with hands-on training in the traditional trade skills.

The Sophia Coxe Memorial Foundation & Education Center preserves the estate of one of Freeland’s most generous and influential citizens. Sophia Coxe, the wealthy and cultured wife of a local coal mine owner, could have easily lived a life of luxury. Instead, she gave about 90% of her income to assist coal mining families and other charitable causes.

Established in 2014, the Foundation has restored Coxe’s stunning Victorian mansion to its former glory. They host guided house tours to help educate visitors about the life and philanthropy of Sophia Coxe and her husband, Eckley Coxe. They also interpret the history of NEPA’s anthracite coal mining heritage.

The Education Center teaches visitors about traditional, hands-on trades. Events and workshops include blacksmithing, engraving, spinning, weaving, sewing, art and more.

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