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Northampton County Celebrates 250 Years!

Pride, Heritage, and Community Togetherness.

HISTORY

Timeline Sources: Thanks to the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, Easton, PA for providing this information. Ellis' History of Northampton County and Northampton Heritage by E. Gordon Alderfer. Reprinted with permission.

1700's

  • 1682 Subdivision of Pennsylvania into the original counties of Philadelphia, Chester and Bucks
  • 1710 First settlement at Minisink by Hollanders
  • 1728 Craig's Irish Settlement - First Permanent Settlement of Northampton County PA and their resting place Horner's Cemetery - First in the County.
  • 1730 Alexander Hunter settled, with thirty Scotch-Irish families, in what was later known as Mount Bethel; Bethlehem Township settled
  • 1732 First road laid out in Northampton County
  • 1739 David Martin established first ferry across the Delaware at Easton
  • 1741 Count Zinzendorff commenced settlement at Bethlehem
  • 1742 Hellertown settled; Saucon Township erected
  • 1742 Moravian College founded (Sixth oldest college in the United States)
  • 1748 Allen Township erected
  • 1750 Easton laid out by William Parsons and Nicholas Scull; Williams Township erected
  • 1752 Northampton County erected
  • 1752 Easton founded; later incorporated in 1789
  • 1752 First election held in Northampton County; first tavern opened in Easton
  • 1754 Courthouse built in Easton by British Government Picture
  • 1754 First water works at Bethlehem
  • 1754 Forks Township erected
  • 1758 General Treaty of peace made with the Indians at Easton
  • 1761 Tatamy, chief of the Delaware Indians, died
  • 1762 First fire engine, known as "Perseverance", used at Bethlehem - said to have been the first fire engine in America; Plainfield Township erected
  • 1763 First stage from Philadelphia to Bethlehem, started by Geoge Klein
  • 1765 Moore Township erected; Lehigh Township erected
  • 1766 First courthouse completed in Easton and first court held. Picture
  • 1776 Northampton troops of riflemen marched to join General George Washington's "Flying Camp" near New York
  • 1777 Governor George Wolf born
  • 1780 Slavery abolished in Pennsylvania
  • 1782 General George Washington visited Bethlehem
  • 1785 Bixler Jewelry Store founded in Easton; believed to be the oldest jewelry store in the US
  • 1787 Upper and Lower Mount Bethel Townships erected
  • 1789 George Washington elected president
  • 1790 Anthracite coal discovered by Philip Ginther
  • 1790 First official US Census taken; 24,200 persons in Northampton County
  • 1792 First post office at Bethlehem; Streets of Bethlehem lighted with lamps
  • 1793 First post office in Easton
  • 1798 Hanover Township incorporated

    1800's

  • 1801 Thomas Jefferson elected president
  • 1803 Easton and Wilkes Barre incorporated
  • 1806 Construction completed on Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem
  • 1807 Upper and Lower Nazareth Townships erected
  • 1811 Easton Public Library organized
  • 1812 Slate quarry opened in Bushkill; Hellertown incorporated
  • 1813 Bushkill Township erected
  • 1817 Josiah White organizes the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company
  • 1821 Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company incorporated
  • 1829 Lehigh Canal opened
  • 1834 Lafayette College dedicated
  • 1840 South Easton incorporated
  • 1841 Great Flood in Delaware and Lehigh Rivers
  • 1845 East Allen Township incorporated
  • 1847 First newspaper published in Bethlehem
  • 1852 First steamboat arrived at Easton; New Jersey Central Railroad completed and first train run to Phillipsburg, New Jersey
  • 1854 South Bethlehem laid out by Charles Broadhead
  • 1856 Bath and Freemansburg incorporated
  • 1857 Palmer Township erected
  • 1861 Abraham Lincoln elected president; Lehigh and Lackawanna Railroad incorporated as Bethlehem Railroad Company
  • 1861 Construction completed on the Northampton County Courthouse; original Courthouse in Centre Square is demolished
  • 1863 Nazareth incorporated
  • 1866 Lehigh University founded by Asa Packer
  • 1867 Glendon incorporated
  • 1871 Washington Township incorporated
  • 1875 Bangor incorporated
  • 1876 Portland incorporated
  • 1882 Pen Argyl incorporated
  • 1884 East Bangor incorporated
  • 1885 Northampton County Courthouse Picture
  • 1888 Blizzard Picture
  • 1890 West Easton incorporated
  • 1893 Tatamy incorporated
  • 1893 Wind Gap incorporated
  • 1895 Old Whitfield House, Nazareth Picture
  • 1895 Picture - Scene at the corner of Belvidere and Whitfield Streets, Nazareth
  • 1898 Financial crash of Lehigh Valley Railroad. Picture of Engine 647
  • 1899 Picture of Railroad Dining Car

    1900's

  • 1900 Stockertown incorporated
  • 1901 Borough of Northampton incorporated
  • 1901 Bethlehem Public Library organized
  • 1906 Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society organized
  • 1907 Picture of Northampton Band Member
  • 1908 North Catasauqua incorporated
  • 1909 Walnutport incorporated
  • 1910 Centennial Celebration Picture of Decorated Car
  • 1912 Roseto incorporated
  • 1920 Wilson incorporated
  • 1928 County-wide consolidation of school districts begins
  • 1929 Great Depression
  • 1931 Lehigh Canal is closed to commercial navigation
  • 1951 Hellertown and Nazareth Public Libraries organized
  • 1955 The Great Flood of 1955 causes severe damage in Easton and surrounding areas. Picture of Easton/Phillipsburg Bridge

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