Sullivan County was named for Senator Charles C. Sullivan who took an active role in passing legislation to create the county. Named for John LaPorte, Surveyor General of Pennsylvania from 1843-1851, Laporte, the county seat, is perched atop the Appalachian Plateau at an elevation of 2,060 feet. Mountains and valleys, forests and farmlands are the terrain in Sullivan County's 478 total square miles including waterways. The county is known for semi-anthracite coal, timber and tourism. The major employers are the timber industry, agriculture, state & county governments. Maple syrup, furniture, candles, baskets, jewelry, art and photography are also made in Sullivan County.
Known as the "Gem of the Endless Mountains," Sullivan County is a unique area with beautiful state parks, (Ricketts Glen and Worlds End) , breathtaking waterfalls, scenic vistas, small villages, natural lakes, quaint shops and a rich heritage that draws people to its region. In addition, the covered bridges located in Forksville, Hillsgrove and Sonestown are entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
Whether graced by spring pastels, summer greens, autumn hues or newly fallen winter snow, Sullivan County's mountains are profoundly beautiful. Summer temperatures average between mid 70's & low 80's. Winter temperatures average in the low to mid 30's. Annual rainfall averages 35 inches; annual snowfall averages 70 inches.