Introduction to Lehighton, Pennsylvania
Lehighton, Pennsylvania, in Carbon county, is 19 miles NW of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 67 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metropolitan area.
In the 18th century, this area was home to a German Moravian Brethren's mission station. The German name for this was "Gnadenhutten," which in English meant "Tents of Grace." This station, which was established in 1746, was destroyed by Native Indian allies of the French during the French and Indian Wars. The massacre, which occurred on November 24th, 1755, resulted in the death of 10 missionaries and native converts. The town, situated along the Lehigh River, was named "Leighton" after the river. In the past, a number of automatic-press works, silk and lace mills, stoneworks, foundries, and car shops existed in the area. The Lehigh Valley Railroad, once the largest employer in the community, has also played a significant role in the development of Leighton.
Lehighton and Nearby Attractions
- Moravian Museum
- Eckley Miners' Village
- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
- Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
- Beltzville State Park
Things To Do In Lehighton
Leighton is close to several museums including the Moravian Museum, the Discovery Center of Science & Technology, the Haines Mill Museum, and Lehigh County Museum. Historic Bethlehem, encompassing the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 1810 Goundie House, Colonial Industrial Quarter, and Burnside Plantation, is a popular attraction in the area. Eckley Miners' Village, which was once a mining village, now operates as a museum which includes workers' dwellings, doctor's offices, and a company store. Among other popular places to visit are Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Beltzville State Park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and Lehigh Gorge State Park. In addition, the community of Leighton hosts the Bike Night, and The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival every year. The Bike Night features more than 28,000 motorcycles, while the Pumpkin festival includes haunted woods, hayrides, and mazes.
Lehigh Valley International Airport is the closest major airport.
Lehighton Higher Education
Colleges near Lehighton are Cedar Crest College, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, and Penn State Lehigh Valley.