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Easton Historic Sites

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Centre Square

Intersection on 3rd & Northampton Streets

Centre Square is actually a circle, and it’s the heart of our city, historically and today. Its 75-foot monument pays tribute to all who served in the military. During the holidays, it’s transformed into the world’s tallest Peace Candle.

Easton Public Library

515 Church Street

Originally the Easton Library Company, it was established in 1811 with 700 titles. By 1895, the Easton Public Library was formed and a new building rose with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1902.

The Jacob Nicholas House

5th & Ferry Streets

One of the few remaining Easton buildings from the Federal Period, the house is named for Jacob Nicholas, a wood turner and later, the owner and captain of a Durham boat.

The Parsons-Taylor House

Built in 1757 for surveyor general William Parsons, this house is one of the oldest buildings in the city and an outstanding example of colonial architecture. George Taylor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, took up residence here in 1780.

St. John's Church

330 Ferry Street

Founded in 1740 by German Lutherans, services were originally held in a log school house. A grave cellar lies beneath the church, the burial site of many important Eastonians. Visitors can view the cellar during July’s Easton Heritage Day.

Karl Stirner Arts Building

230 Ferry Street

Often credited with revitalizing the city’s arts scene, international sculptor Karl Stirner (1923–2016) moved to Easton in 1983 and purchased this building. Today Easton boasts numerous galleries, and dozens of nationally recognized artists call it home.

Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company

219 Ferry Street

A volunteer fire company was housed here beginning in 1858. By 1989, owned by the U.S. Post Office and in complete disrepair, an agreement was reached with the city to preserve the historic Phoenix building.

Bachmann Publick House

169 Northampton Street

Built in 1753 by Jacob and Katrinna Bachmann, the house has served as a tavern, courtroom, grocer, and residence for George Taylor. Famous visitors include John Adams and Ben Franklin. Today, it houses the Lenape Cultural Center.

Governor Wolf Building

42 N. 2nd Street

Built in 1893, this stunning building served as Easton’s first high school and is named after the seventh Governor of Pennsylvania, George Wolf of Easton, who founded the Pennsylvania Free Public School System. The stone entry is called the Penny Arch because its construction was made possible by schoolchildren’s penny donations.

Florence Seibert House

73 N. 2nd Street

An inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Florence Seibert was handicapped by polio at age three, graduated valedictorian at Easton High School, and became a distinguished biochemist, studying intravenous therapy and diseases. In 1934, she developed a TB test which was eventually adopted worldwide.

First United Church

229 Church Street

The church and the courthouse played a prominent role in the American Revolution, serving as hospitals for wounded and infirm soldiers. George Washington is said to have visited soldiers here during a visit to Easton.

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City Of Easton

EASTON CITY HALL

123 South Third Street

Easton, PA 18042

(610) 250-6600

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