Easton is home to a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1752. It was one of the first three cities where the Declaration of Independence was first read aloud on July 8th, 1776. And its location at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers made it a key military center during the Revolutionary War, and a vital port for trade and commerce, connecting the coal, iron and steel industries. Easton’s past is evident today in the historic architecture throughout the downtown. It’s history is also celebrated at the Sigal Museum (which honors the history of Northampton County) and during an annual Heritage Day festival held every July.
Its Centre Square (then known as Great Square) is the site of Eastons Farmers’ Market, America’s oldest, continuous open-air market in the country. The market still runs every Saturday (May-December), and has been named ‘One of the 13 markets worth traveling for’ by Bon Appetit Magazine.
Today, Downtown Easton is home to 40+ restaurants, offering a wide variety cuisines including Italian, French, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Southern BBQ, seafood, steakhouse and lots more. You’ll also find specialty shops – bakeries, a Pennsylvania Dutch old-school butcher shop, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, and Belgian chocolates from one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America.
Downtown Easton boasts a budding art scene with murals, wall poems, sculptures and more. Art galleries complement the shops and boutiques found throughout the downtown. While you’re here for PA Bacon Fest, be sure to explore Downtown Easton and its retail and food scene. Visit shopdowntowneaston.com for a guide of what to see and do.