Welsh American History

Welsh Americans: A History of Assimilation in the Coalfields

Welsh Americans: A History of Assimilation in the Coalfields
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Llyn Celyn as part of Snowdonia National park

A tourist hot spot

Llyn Celyn is now situated right in the Snowdonia National Park. The reservoir makes a beautiful area to stop and gaze as a visitor to North Wales, but most tourists never know the history behind this Idyllic looking place. A bit of heritage died there, the last Welsh only community, but beauty over came, so maybe nature won in the end.

The reservoir feeds in to the River Tryweryn and then the River Dee. This is a great place to go White water rafting and kyaking, canoeing,camping, wild life spotting, and even some historical buildings still to walk around. Some may say that it has brought tourist industry to North Wales and that they should be grateful for that, but a fully functioning farm was also bringing in trade before it was flooded.I wonder, is this a watery grave or merely a new future for Capel Celyn?After all, nothing stays the same forever.

Mount Snowdon is the main reason that people come to the area as it is a world wide attraction, but I doubt anyone goes away and forgets the beauty of Llyn Celyn, I just hope they go home knowing the history of what lies under the water. 

Cofiwch Dryweryn means Remember Tryweryn. There is an unofficial memorial in the form of graffiti on a rock. See below.

Remember Tryweryn. A memorial to Capel Celyn.

Capel Celyn, North Wales

Now known as Tryweryn reservoir

The big reservoir called Llyn Celyn is hiding the old Welsh village that was Capel Celyn. The old village sits under the reservoir, that is part of the famous Snowdonia National Park.

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Llyn Celyn, Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd LL23, UK

Capel Celyn,, video of photographs of Capel Celyn.