Introduction to Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Hellertown, Pennsylvania, in Northampton county, is 3 miles SE of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 44 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. About 5,606 people live in Hellertown, which is part of the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
This area was originally home to several tribes of Native Indians, and European settlers arrived in the 1700s. The community of Hellertown was founded by Christopher Heller in 1742, and named in his honor. He arrived in the Philadelphia area in the late 1730s, and constructed a large log barn, a log house, and outbuildings on his 176-acre property at the foot of Lehigh Mountain. This plantation was called "Delay". The Heller settlement became the community of Hellertown over the years. It was initially situated in Bucks County, and became a part of Northampton County in 1752.
Hellertown and Nearby Attractions
- National Canal Museum
- Oscar Hammerstein II Farm
- Bulls Island Natural Area
- Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
- Nockamixon State Park
Things To Do In Hellertown
Hellertown is located close to Historic Bethlehem which encompasses the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 1810 Goundie House, Colonial Industrial Quarter, and Burnside Plantation. Exhibits in the National Canal Museum highlight the development of the anthracite coal and iron industries, and the importance of canals. George Taylor House, Oscar Hammerstein II Farm, and Pearl S. Buck House are some of the places of historic interest near Hellertown. The 24-acre Bulls Island Natural Area features nature trails, and camping areas. Visitors can also enjoy activities like fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, and picnicking at the Beltzville State Park, and Ralph Stover State Park. Another popular place to visit is the amusement and water park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.
Lehigh Valley International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Hellertown Higher Education
Colleges close to Hellertown are Lafayette College, Northampton County Area Community College, Moravian College, and Lehigh University.