Located in and the county seat of Northampton County, Easton, Pennsylvania is a proud city with a storied heritage, dating back to its founding in 1752. In fact, as early as the Revolutionary War, Easton was making a name for itself; It was an important military center at the time, providing hospital aid to wounded soldiers. After the war, the area was one of the first three places to have the Declaration of Independence read in public – At the time of the reading, the Eaton flag was being flown, making it one of the first “stars and stripes” to fly on American soil.
The city is made up of 4 diverse sections: Historic Downtown, The West Ward, The South Side, and College Hill. As the name implies, Historic Downtown Easton contains some of the oldest buildings in the area, including the Bachmann Tavern and the Public Library. The city is also conveniently only an hours drive from New York City, Philadelphia and the Pocono Mountains.
The area is a wonderful choice when you’re looking for homes in Pennsylvania, whether you’re just starting your life in a new city or planning the place for your family to grow up. Easton is sure to have something to appeal to everyone, no matter their background, lifestyle or interests.
Whether you’re new to the area or a long time resident, there’s no shortage of things to do here. Those looking for entertainment can visit the State Theater For The Performing Arts. This historic theater puts on shows year-round and features a diverse line-up of entertainment and performing arts. If you’re looking for something the entire family can enjoy, The Crayola Experience provides you with 28 hands on, creative attractions and colorful live entertainment.
Both the Easton Public Market and Easton Farmer’s Market offer an opportunity to support local businesses and shop small. The Easton Public Market is a community supported market featuring artisanal food vendors, a demonstration kitchen, a farm stand, and local vendors. The Easton Farmer’s Market holds the honor of being America’s oldest, continuously operating open-air market, and was originally established in 1752, the same year as the founding of the city. The market persists to this day as a communal gathering place, and a wonderful chance to purchase locally grown produce, baked goods and much more. The market also serves as the site for many festivals and events throughout the year.
The Easton area school district has seven elementary schools, Cheston, Forks, March, Palmer, Paxinosa, Shawnee and Tracy, Easton Area Middle School, and Easton Area High School. Easton Area High School has a longstanding rivalry with Phillipsburg High School, and their football teams play an annual Thanksgiving Day game that is considered one of the oldest rivalries in high school football. Easton area high school athletes also participate in the East Penn Conference,and the school holds the third highest number of LVIAC championships in all sports.
Within the College Hill district of Easton lies Lafayette College, established in 1826. A small yet prestigious university, Lafayette is home to approximately 2,500 undergraduate students. A private liberal arts school, the college is considered a Hidden Ivy, and their athletic’s program’s rivalry with Lehigh University has led to the most played rivalry in the history of college football, with the two teams having played over 150 games thus far.
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