November 7-12, 2019
We first came to Easton, PA in the summer of 1993. We fell in love with the people, the community, the history and the charming architecture. Today’s post is all about Downtown Easton: the markets; the restaurants; and the shops; the things to do and the places to see. Let’s do a photo journey!
Easton was founded in 1752.
Buildings from the 18th century are still in use and interspersed throughout the city.
This photo is of the Forks of the Delaware in the very cold, early morning mist. This confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers was commercially important and is why Easton began here in 1752.
Originally the German Reformed Church but known today as the First United Church of Christ, this building was erected in 1776; it was the scene of the Indian Treaty of 1777; and was used as a military hospital during the Revolutionary War. George Washington would come and visit his wounded troops.
The original Easton flag remains in use.
Built in 1753 by Jacob & Katrina Bachmann, the Bachmann Publick House has served concurrently, as an Inn, a tavern and the Northampton County Court House. Although George Washington never slept here; Benjamin Franklin did!
Bank Street is an alley that now thrives with boutiques, galleries, and eateries.
Bank Street runs for several blocks.
The Bank Street Creamery has very good ice cream.
The Easton Farmers’ Market is the oldest, continuously operating market in the United States. In 2020, it will celebrate its 268th year!
Vendors encircle the Center Square every Saturday.
In the harsh winter months, the outdoor market cedes to the charms of the Easton Public Market on Northampton Street.
The Easton Public Market is a relatively new addition to the Downtown scene and is open Wednesday thru Sunday.
Along the lines of the Reading Market in Philadelphia, visitors will find fresh food markets, dining venues, boutiques and even a cooking school!
The meat market.
Food and shopping.
And more food!
The cooking school.
A chocolate factory.
And a bakery.
There is so much more–you’ll have to go visit and see for yourself!!!
The Sigal Museum is across the street from the Public Market on Northampton Street.
This is where Easton history is entertainingly displayed.
Pearly Baker’s Ale House was one of the first eateries to open in a renovated historic building. This is on Lehn’s Court–just off the Center Square.
The Sette Luna Italian Restaurant on Ferry Street occupies the former fire station.
Oak is a new addition to the Downtown Easton Restaurant scene. It is located at Northampton & Bank Streets.
Colonial Pizza has been an institution in Easton for generations! They have the best antipasto salad we’ve ever tasted and the pizza is, of course, wonderful!
This is the Three Birds Coffee House, located in the old Bull Mansion.
The State Theater provides live performances and concerts.
The Crayola Factory Experience on Easton’s Center Square. Begun by Binney & Smith, the famous wax crayon was created in 1903. Today, the company is owned by Hallmark Cards.
The Quadrant Book Mart and Coffee House has been an Easton institution for decades!
Easton’s Center Square
The Grand Eastonian Hotel
The Simon Mansion. Built in 1902 by Herman Simon for his wife and daughter; he claimed, “…the ladies must be in the center of town” so they could comfortably shop and entertain their friends. The house on the right was a wedding gift for his daughter.
The City of Easton, Pennsylvania is a very interesting place to visit!!! We highly recommend it!
It’s been a pleasure to share one of our favorite cities with you!