Introduction to Easton, Pennsylvania
Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton county, is 9 miles NE of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 51 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's located in Lehigh Valley at the convergence of the Delaware and the Lehigh rivers in the Eastern region of the state. It's bordered by hills on the east, west and the south. Binney & Smith, the maker of Crayola crayons is located in the city. Lafayette College is one of the oldest colleges in the nation. Easton includes attractive architecture.
Easton was established in 1739. The Treaty of Easton was agreed to by the British Colonial Government and Indian tribes during the French and Indian War. Easton is regarded as a significant location during the American Revolutionary War. It was one of the first three locations the Declaration of Independence was read in public.
Easton became a primary commercial location during the canals and railroads era of the 1800's. The Delaware, Morris and Lehigh canals were vital for transportation of goods. The railroads replaced the canals for transportation and five railroads served Easton. The city had a strong German heritage. During Prohibition, it was known for nightlife and had plenty of liquor and a large number of brothels.
- Historic downtown area.
- Crayola Factory is an indoor theme park for kids.
- National Canal Museum.
- State Theatre Center for the Performing Arts is a popular venue.
- The Canal Boat Josiah White II is pulled by mules in the Lehigh Canal.
- Scenic water front parks are located along the Delaware and Lehigh rivers.
- Heritage Day.
- Anatomy Academy.
Hiking and bicycle riding are popular along the Lehigh River and Canal. The Delaware Canal Path is a National Heritage Trail. The popular Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is located in Lehigh Valley. Blue Mountain Ski Area and Bear Creek Ski and Recreation Area are located in the region. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Middle Delaware National Scenic River are in the county.
Air travel is provided at Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Easton Higher Education
The city is home to Lafayette College. Moravian College is nearby.