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Why Easton?

Easton is home to every child's favorite box of Crayola crayons, but that's not the only colorful fact you'll learn on a visit to Easton. At the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers, visitors come to the charming riverside town boasting deep, rich history and culture. At less than 15 miles from nearby Lehigh Valley International Airport, 70 miles from New York City and only 60 miles from Philadelphia with direct access to major highways such as US Route 22 and I-78, Easton is centrally located from major cities and destinations.

Fun facts about Easton:

  • Easton is believed to be the site of the first Christmas tree in the country.
  • The Bachmann Tavern, the oldest remaining building in the city, was once the residence of George Taylor, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The First United Church of Christ served as a hospital during the Revolutionary War and was visited by George Washington.
  • The famed heavyweight boxer, Larry Holmes is a resident of Easton.

Easton Culture and Museums

Easton's Centre Square is home to one of the oldest, continuous open-air farmers markets in the country, Easton Farmers' Market. The Square also pays tribute to Easton Heritage Day every July 8, as in 1776, as it is believed that one of the three original readings of the Declaration of Independence was conducted here. There is also The Signal Museum, Northampton County's leading institution of local history featuring significant collections of pre-European settlement artifacts, decorative arts, and textiles, farming implements, and colonial furniture. And The Nurture Nature Center (NNC), which includes a science theatre and exhibit area as well as art, culture, and community events and programs - all housed in a beautifully restored historic building that is a destination on its own. NNC features the dynamic Science on a Sphere exhibit, a 6-foot awe-inspiring suspended globe which displays more than 250 views of earth and space.

Theater and Music

An eclectic group of shows will entice audiences to Easton's State Theatre, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016. Originally opening on the BF Keith vaudeville circuit in 1926, today the Theatre continues to present top headliners, national tour Broadway shows, comedy, concerts, family programming, and more. A non-profit, member supported center for the arts in historic Easton, PA, the State Theatre Center for the Arts includes a 1,500-seat performance hall, the Acopian Ballroom, and the Easton Hospital Gallery, which features works by local fine artists in conjunction with the Arts Community of Easton. The State Theatre is also the only theatre in the country to produce a live television show, The FREDDY Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in local high school theater, for which it received and EMMY in 2005 and 2011 and received national exposure through the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Documentary Club.

Dining and Downtown Life

Downton Easton has plenty to offer lovers of food from all walks of life from fine dining cuisine, to industrial-chic bars, local organic options and fresh artisan bakeries and patisseries. The dining scene in Easton rivals its neighboring counterparts for the best foodie town of the Lehigh Valley.

Shop, cook, dine, and imbibe at the Easton Public Market. It's the market where butchery, bakery, artisan cheese, cafe, chocolatier, local & sustainably grown produce, specialty foods, noodle bar, craft beer, wine, wood-fired pizza, crepes and BBQ come together. Anchoring a downtown market district, the EPM serves as an economic center that features regional and artisanal products, enhances a vibrant local culture and serves as a model for urban innovation.

Embrace the Outdoors

Take a journey through time. The National Canal Museum interprets the history and culture of canals as well as the science and technology behind their building, through exhibits and hands-on activities. It also orients visitors to the Park's historic role and keystone environment location in the National Park Service's Heritage Corridor and as one of the first industrial sites in America and a crucible of the Industrial Revolution. Families can also travel the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) - a multi-use trail spanning 165 miles running through Lehigh Valley - or take a stroll through the Karl Stirner Arts Trail where art and nature converge.

Housing

If you are searching for a new home, apartment or townhouse in Easton, now is a great time to look with growing opportunities. The housing market in Northampton County, which encompasses the city of Easton and its neighboring towns, continued to gain traction with the median sales price increasing 12.6 percent to $225,000. The Redevelopment Authority of Easton, PA (RDA) administers the City of Easton's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation and PA HOME PROGRAM grant. The RDA oversees the redevelopment of the Simon Silk Mill, offering luxury rentals, and seeks to facilitate the rehabilitation of other blighted or vacant structures within city limits, increasing new construction and developments.

Education

Whether your child is in elementary school, middle school or high school, in need of private education or catholic education, there are many options for you and your family to choose from. Easton is home to Notre Dame High School - a private Roman Catholic, co-educational school - and Easton Area School District - an urban, suburban, and rural public school district with a total student enrollment of about 9,000 students.

If you are interested in a strong athletic program for your child, Easton Area High School holds the third most LVIAC championships in the Lehigh Valley Conference. Easton Area High School is also known for its long-standing athletic rivalry with Phillipsburg High School in neighboring Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The two teams play an annual football game on Thanksgiving Day that is considered one of the largest and longest-standing rivalries in American high school football - 2006 marked the 100th year anniversary of the Easton-Phillipsburg high school football rivalry. The game, which was broadcasted on ESPN, was won by Easton Area High School.

In 2017 the U.S. News & World Report ranked Lafayette College as the 36th best liberal arts school in the country. Lafayette is an exclusively undergraduate, residential college founded in 1826, offering more than 50 majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering or work with professors to create their own major. The student-faculty ratio is 10 to 1. An interdisciplinary curriculum that transcends academic boundaries and gives students the breadth and freedom to study what they are passionate about.