Factoryville is a borough in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
Factoryville is a small town consisting of 1,140 people and located in the heart of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The first settlers arrived to Factoryville around 1800 and the town got its name from a single cotton factory that was build during the war of 1812.
Factoryville got its name from having a wool factory in town where people came from miles to have their wool woven into cloth. After only a few short years the factory closes and was never to open again. There are no factories left in Factoryville to this day but the name remains.
The first settlers of Factoryville came in the early 1800's from Rhode Island, Captain Robert Reynolds and Stephen Capwell. They journeyed three weeks by foot with their sons with only enough supplies to find new farming land and a better life for their families. After returning to Rhode Island to bring back their families, other families soon joined them. They established churches and school houses.
Many years later the town was very well known and soon had seven general stores, two hotels, three doctors, a tannery and a grist mill. The people of Factoryville saw a need for higher education and organized the Keystone Academy which was one of three higher education institutes of Pennsylvania.
A great way to explore this small town is to hike the Keystone Walking Trail. The trail goes through different areas of Keystone College and includes beautiful site seeing varying from the Tunkhannock Creek and many different wildlife activity. Great for families who are active.
The best time to come to Factoryville is during the annual Christy Mathewson Day weekend. Every year the local citizens of Factoryville conduct a weekend in honor of the famous baseball player who was born and raised in Factoryville and who attended what was Keystone Academy at the time and now is Keystone College. Mathewson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members in 1936. He was nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", or "Matty" and was a right hand pitcher and debut for the New York Giants in 1900 and his last MLB appearance was in 1916 for the Cincinnati Reds.
To honor all of his achievements, a parade is held that many people come to participate in and watch which takes place after the annual 5-K run and walk where many people come to take part in. After the parade everyone gathers at the Christy Mathewson Ball Park where there are games for children, various raffles, basket drawings, tons of food, and much more fun! Everyone has a wonderful time gathering with friends and family.
Be sure to check out the Christy Mathewson Days Documentary: Christy Mathewson Day.
Other things to explore in town include Little Rocky Glen. This beautiful park is perfect for fishing and family picnics and is great to take photos and see beautiful wildlife.
The best place to eat in town is Dixon's Hoagie Hut. This tiny restaurant is known around towns for offering the best cheesesteak hoagie not only in North East Pennsylvania, but the entire state. If you've ever had a famous Philly Cheesesteak and thought that was good, wait until you have one of these. The menu also offers many cold and hot hoagies, salads, appetizers, and party platters. This is definitely the place to go for a great meal at an even better price. Located off of route 6 and 11. (570) 945-5458.
A great place for drinks is the local pub and eatery, Slug's. This is a great place to talk with locals and really experience the great and amazing people of this small and cozy town. They will be able to tell you stories you won't even believe but will definitely find fascinating.
Although Factoryville doesn't have any hotels, a short drive 10 minutes up the road to Clarks Summit and you can have your pick of many beautiful and luxurious hotels including the Ramada Inn, Nichols Village Inn, Hampton Inn and so forth.