Easton

Eastonlies in the easternmost reaches of Lehigh Valley and serves as the seat ofNorthampton County. It has an estimated population of 23,000.

Thecity is divided into four main neighborhoods – Historic Downtown, the WestWard, College Hill, and the South Side. The boroughs of Wilson, West Easton,and Glendon are adjacent to the city, while Philadelphia is roughly 49 milesaway.

Duringcolonial times, Easton was known by the Lenape Indian name of “Lechanwitauk,”which means “theplace at the forks.” It was renamed Easton in honor ofEaston-Neston in Northamptonshire, England, which was the home estate of ThomasPenn’s wife. Thomas Penn was the son of William Penn, the founder of theProvince of Pennsylvania.

Quick Facts

  • The city is served by the EastonArea School District. Notable schools include Easton Area High School, which isfamous for being involved in a long-standing athletic rivalry with PhillipsburgHigh School of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Easton is also home to Notre Dame HighSchool, a private Roman Catholic academic institution.
  • LafayetteCollege has been an institution for more than 175 years. The liberal artsschool calls itself "a national leader in graduation rates, undergraduateresearch, and graduate and mid-career salaries."
  • Easton’s historic attractions arethe Easton Cemetery, Easton Public Library, and the Bachmann Tavern, the city’soldest building, which has been visited by Benjamin Franklin and GeorgeWashington.
  • The Crayola Factory, the NationalCanal Museum, and the State Theatre are all found within Easton, where there isalso a wealth of dining and retail options.

OnJuly 8, 1776, a public reading of the Declaration of Independence took place inEaston’s The Great Square. It was one of only three public readings given. Now,the Square is a vibrant place that hosts art festivals and farmers markets.