A Brief History of Easton, PA

Vintage Easton Post card showing a woman with butterfly wings. There are photos of postcards of old Easton landmarks inside each of the four wing sections

Located at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers and nestled between Philadelphia and New York City, Easton’s history is rich in industry and creativity. The Lenni Lenape people were the first to inhabit this land, and they knew it as Lechanwitauk, the Place at the Forks.

Easton is evident in early American history. By the late 17th century, Europeans had begun to settle here. Thomas Penn officially founded Easton in 1752 in the county of Northampton. Roughly two decades later the City played an important role in the American Revolution, supporting the war effort and its wounded soldiers. One of only three public Declaration readings was in Easton’s Great Square (now Centre Square). Easton also played a pivotal role during the Industrial Age. Its rivers and canals served local industries including coal, iron and silk. The 20th century saw more waves of immigrants hopeful for jobs provided by these industries. Prosperity from the past is evidenced by architecture in the historic district.

Today Easton is a microcosm of the country, a melting pot of ethnicity and culture. People still move here for better living. So whether you are visiting or reside here, you are most welcome.


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