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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... »

Phillipsburg

Positioned along the banks of the Delaware River, Phillipsburg is the largest town in Warren County, New Jersey.  Like many towns in the Lehigh Valley, Phillipsburg was settled by Native Americans in the mid-1600s, but growth came slowly – there were 30 homes in 1820 and only 50 in 1847 – and the town wasn’t officially incorporated until March of 1861.  By 1870 the populat... »

Fogelsville

Long before the cluster of hotels, business parks and distribution centers dotted the perimeter of Fogelsville, the Native Americans of the Lenni Lenape tribe inhabited the territory west of Kuhnsville and North of Trexlertown in what is now part of Upper Macungie Township. By the mid 1700s German immigrants, attracted to the rich soil and copious water sources, establishe... »

Quakertown

You may think of Quakertown as simply an exit off the Turnpike or the section of Route 309 you pass on your way to somewhere else, but a charming downtown awaits, just minutes from major thoroughfares. Tucked in the Northeast portion of Upper Bucks County, surrounded by Richland Township, Quakertown is a borough of nearly 10,000 residents and encompasses approximately two ... »

Bethlehem

“A curious and remarkable town.” That’s how John Adams described Bethlehem in 1777 and that sentiment holds true today.  Situated in the center of the Lehigh Valley, within the counties of Northampton and Lehigh, Bethlehem has a  population of nearly 75,000 spread amongst its almost 20 square miles, making it Pennsylvania’s 7th largest city. History In 1741, a small group ... »

Catasauqua

By Matthew J. McLaughlin MILLION DOLLAR TOWN By the early part of the 1900s, with over 5,000 residents and some say the highest percentage of self-made millionaires of any other town in the country, Catasauqua had risen to national prominence.  During World War I, Catasauqua become the first community in the country to raise over one million dollars for war bonds— earning ... »

Nazareth

By M. Minti Ray The Borough of Nazareth is a vibrant and picturesque small community that is home to just over 6,000 residents. Set against the idyllic countryside a few miles north of Bethlehem, it boasts a rich history that dates back to the colonial era and has played an integral role in the religious, economic, social, academic, and architectural development of the Leh... »

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