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Southside Bethlehem

Southside Bethlehem

Best known as the home of Lehigh University, the Steel Stacks Campus and the Sands Casino Resort, Southside Bethlehem has a rich history born from diverse immigrant roots. Located just south of the Lehigh River, the 274-acre tract of land that is today Southside Bethlehem was originally intended to serve as a buffer between the deeply religious Moravians of North Bethlehem... »

Hellertown

Hellertown

Nestled in the Saucon Valley, southeast of Bethlehem, the borough of Hellertown is a charming blend of historic Victorian buildings and contemporary architecture. Settled in the mid-18th century, Hellertown is named for Christopher Heller, one of the borough’s earliest residents. He and his six sons immigrated to the New World from Amsterdam in the fall of 1738. In 1746, C... »

Bringing Historic Buildings Back to Life

Ask any longtime Lehigh Valley resident to name their most beloved building in downtown Easton and you’ll likely hear this as the answer – the old Pomeroy’s store on Northampton Street. An iconic example of the “golden age of downtown shopping,” Pomeroy’s Department Store occupied the structure from 1947 until the end of 1976.  The building itself, however, dates back to t... »

Emmaus

Formed in 1759 as a closed Moravian community on land owned by the Moravian Church, Emmaus is tucked into the north slope of South Mountain in Lehigh County. The town’s name was changed to Emaus (one “M”) in 1830 and the village of 200 acres was incorporated as a borough in 1859. In 1938 the Emaus Rotary Club circulated petitions to change the name back and Emaus again bec... »

Dorneyville

The 18th Century village that was called Dorneyville, unlike other ancient crossroad hamlets in the Lehigh Valley, is not just a cluster of old buildings frozen in time. Instead, it continues to evolve, alive and bustling with activity and pulsing with traffic. “It’s flourishing,” says Jon A. Hammer, who has served as township manager for the past two years. Dorneyville’s ... »

Kutztown

Just a short 20-minute drive along Route 222 through Maxatawny Township rests the charming Borough of Kutztown, representing the midway point between the Lehigh Valley and Reading. Originally named Cootstown, after George Coots who purchased 130 acres from prosperous land owner Peter Wentz in 1755, Kutztown was incorporated as a borough in 1815 and is the second oldest bor... »

Allentown’s 250th Anniversary

Well we’re living here in Allentown And they’re closing all the factories down… The City of Allentown has blown those 1982 Billy Joel lyrics sky high with its 250th anniversary celebration, a multi-part extravaganza stretching from New Year’s Eve 2012 to New Year’s Eve 2013. TV host and magician Barte Shadlow, with input from residents in many city neighborhoods, has repla... »

Fountain Hill

If a sense of history involves both a perception of the pastness of the past, and of its presence, then T.S. Eliot might well have had Fountain Hill in mind. A small borough only three-quarters of a square mile in size, Fountain Hill is huge in terms of its historical past, and its contributions to the present character of the Lehigh Valley. Birthplace of Pulitzer-Prize-wi... »

Whitehall

Whitehall Township, just north of Allentown, is a study in contrasts: of old and new, historical sites and high-tech commerce, agriculture and industry. The township boasts of producing several professional athletes, including NFL linebacker Matt Millen and Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Simmons; played a crucial role in the state’s settlement by Europeans; is home to ... »

Forks Township

It’s all about old and new in Forks Township. A case in point is the restored merchant’s wagon which grabs the spotlight within the clean architectural lines of the Forks Township Municipal Building on Sullivan Trail. And Sullivan Trail itself, still one of the municipality’s main thoroughfares, marks the route taken by Major General John Sullivan in June 1779 as he marche... »

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