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The Abingtons

NEPA’s stunning landscape makes a picturesque backdrop for these tranquil Lackawanna County communities with tons of small-town charm.
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Tucked away in the mountains north of Scranton and thirty minutes from Wilkes-Barre, The Abingtons is a dichotomy of idyllic farmlands, quintessential family-oriented suburbs, and thriving downtowns. The Lackawanna State Park is a stunning centerpiece of the region showcasing NEPA’s natural beauty and abundant outdoor recreation. This region is the perfect blend of small-town living with ample recreation year-round.

BY THE NUMBERS:

Estimated Population: 35,103
Geographical Area: 133 Sq. Miles

Regional Makeup: The boroughs of Clarks Green, Clarks Summit, and Dalton; the village of Chinchilla; and the townships of Benton, Fleetville, Glenburn, La Plume, Newton, North Abington, Ransom, Scott, South Abington, Waverly, and West Abington.

A Peak Into The Abingtons Past

Clarks Summit, today the commercial hub for shopping and dining in the Abington region, was named in honor of American soldier William Clark. As the first settler to the area in 1799, he was gifted 800 acres of land as payment for his military services in the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. For over 100 years, the town remained largely rural until the Northern Electric Railway was built through the area in 1906, enabling it to serve as a suburb of the railway’s home base in Scranton.

Did You Know?

Clarks Summit is the birthplace to some pretty famous people including Lauren Weisburger, author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Devil Wears Prada. In 2006 her book was turned into a top-grossing, multi-million-dollar film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. It’s also the hometown of Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon, who competed in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchange.

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