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Lehigh Valley Passport To History

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August 15-16, 2020

You're invited to join Northampton County's historical and cultural sites on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2020 for Passport to History Weekend! The weekend is a celebration of local history, stories, and the community that bring Lehigh Valley history to life.

Due to Covid-19, face masks are required are required at all museums. Attendees must practice social distancing, while adhering to restrictions on capacity numbers. Hand sanitizer will be available, and areas will be sanitized frequently.

Special Note: Many historical sites and museums don't have bathroom facilities, so please plan accordingly. 

Here's the schedule of events:

Saturday, August 15, 2020

  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • The Whitehall Historical Preservation Society will have both the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill and Peter Grim House open for tours. “What the Heck is It” items will be on display for audiences’ guessing pleasure. There is a walk through garden for your enjoyment.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • Join guides at the 1803 House for an outside tour and hear stories, talk about the archeological dig, and enjoy a slideshow of the inside of the house. The 1803 house is surrounded by trees, so there will be lots of shade to enjoy the visit. Admission is free.
    • The Forks Township Historical Society will have an open house at the Revolutionary War era Spring house, located at 3300 Bushkill Drive, Easton PA. Admission is free.
    • Jacobsburg Historical Society will welcome visitors to the beautiful Boulton Historic Site. The Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum will be open for tours, featuring more than 100 historic arms on display and an impressive 18th Century Horn Object Collection on loan from Tim and Terri Lubenesky.The 1832 J. Joseph Henry mansion, a fascinating house museum that was home to five generations of the Henry family, will be open for tours. The family’s original summer kitchen and its carriage and sleigh barns will all be open with unique exhibits and displays. Be sure to stop by the log cabin gun shop of Nicholas Hawk, one of the most talented makers of Pennsylvania longrifles of the 19th century. Admission is free and includes free hotdogs.
    • The Williams Township Historical Society (WTHS) at Fry’s Run Park, a lovely green acreage, corner of Rte. 611 South of Easton and Royal Manor Rd. will be welcoming walkers, their family's and dogs. WTHS members will be present to show the history that once dotted the banks of this tributary to the Delaware River. The park serves as the takeoff point for learning how a small nearby community – Coffeetown – arose in the 19th century to provide farm products, grind the grains, and saw the logs for surrounding citizens. It built fine homes and sturdy farms before drifting into a quieter more spread-out life of the 20th century.

Sunday, August 16, 2020
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • The Whitehall Historical Preservation Society will have both the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill and Peter Grim House open for tours. “What the Heck is It” items will be on display for audiences’ guessing pleasure. There is a walk through garden for your enjoyment.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • The Lower Macungie Township Historical Society museum will be open as part of their normal schedule.
    • Join guides at the 1803 House for an outside tour and hear stories, talk about the archeological dig, and enjoy a slideshow of the inside of the house.The 1803 house is surrounded by trees, so there will be lots of shade to enjoy the visit.Admission is free.
    • The Forks Township Historical Society will have an open house at the Revolutionary War era Spring house, located at 3300 Bushkill Drive, Easton PA. Admission is free.
    • Jacobsburg Historical Society will welcome visitors to the beautiful Boulton Historic Site. The Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum will be open for tours, featuring more than 100 historic arms on display and an impressive 18th Century Horn Object Collection on loan from Tim and Terri Lubenesky.The 1832 J. Joseph Henry mansion, a fascinating house museum that was home to five generations of the Henry family, will be open for tours. The family’s original summer kitchen and its carriage and sleigh barns will all be open with unique exhibits and displays. Be sure to stop by the log cabin gun shop of Nicholas Hawk, one of the most talented makers of Pennsylvania longrifles of the 19th century. Admission is free and includes free hotdogs.
    • The Williams Township Historical Society (WTHS) at Fry’s Run Park, a lovely green acreage, corner of Rte. 611 South of Easton and Royal Manor Rd. will be welcoming walkers, their family's and dogs. WTHS members will be present to show the history that once dotted the banks of this tributary to the Delaware River. The park serves as the takeoff point for learning how a small nearby community – Coffeetown – arose in the 19th century to provide farm products, grind the grains, and saw the logs for surrounding citizens. It built fine homes and sturdy farms before drifting into a quieter more spread-out life of the 20th century.

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