See new property listings and browse homes for sale in Wapwallopen, a small rural community in Lower Luzerne County. Located in Conyngham Township and within the Northwest Area School District, Wapwallopen is close to Berwick, Nuangola, Shickshinny, and about a half hour’s drive from nearby Hazleton.
The community’s name comes from a Native American settlement that was established where Big Wapwallopen Creek feeds into the Susquehanna River. Wapwallopen is a derivative of a Delaware word “the place where the white hemp grows.”
For early settlers, the area was lush with trees, including walnut and oak, as well as fertile soil. Martin Harter built the first frame house in 1797, and Philip Fenstermacher built the first brick house in 1822. Fenstermacher also built the first sawmill in 1811. William Silver built a powder mill near the mouth of the Big Wapwallopen Creek in the Wapwallopen Gorge in the mid-1850s. Silver sold partial ownership to G.P. Parrish and Co. E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company bought the site in 1859 and built the Wapwallopen Mills there, one of the largest powder mills in the U.S. Operations lasted until 1912. Today, only ruins remain at the “Powder Hole” (Wapwallopen Gorge).
Wapwallopen is also the home to Council Cup, a popular scenic overlook that provides a 30-mile view across the Susquehanna River valley. From the overlook, you can see the cooling towers at PPL’s Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, PPL’s Susquehanna Riverlands Environmental Preserve, small surrounding towns, farmlands and forests. The area, which was once larger, used to be called Pulpit Rock. “Council Cup” stems from the German name Kansal Kopf. The nearby Council Cup Campground is also a popular destination for recreation, as is Heller’s Orchard. Every October, Heller’s hosts a Fall Apple Festival.