Lehigh Valley History

The story of Lehigh Valley is told in many parts.

Allentown is where the Liberty Bell, America’s symbol of freedom, was hidden during the Revolutionary War. Down the street from the Bell’s hiding spot is a building now standing in place of what was once the height of opulence, Hess’s Department Store. There’s also the story of silk and in Catasauqua the first commercially successful anthracite coal-powered iron furnace in America.
Bethlehem, a community founded by the Moravians, was the hub of the canals. The canals then gave birth to greater transportation with the Lehigh Valley Railroad, and both of those stories are part of the foundation for the rise and fall of Bethlehem Steel.
Easton is also featured prominently in American history. One of the first three public readings of the Declaration of Independence was held in the city's Centre Square in July of 1776.
And, the names in these stories can be found in history books beyond Lehigh Valley, where names like Penn, Allen, Turner, Adams, White, Trexler, Packer, Sayre and Schwab helped make not only Lehigh Valley, but America what it is.
From the humble beginnings of settlers, to the American Revolution, Industrial Revolution, and beyond, Lehigh Valley is part of the fabric of America, and that history can still be seen today.