COMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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The first people
to populate this area were the Minsi Delaware Indians, also called the Lenni
Lenape Indians. The region that comprises North Whitehall Township was used
as their hunting, fishing, and camping grounds. In the early 1700s, settlers
predominantly German, began clearing the land, raising crops, and establishing villages.
On March 20, 1753, Whitehall Township
was formed from part of Northampton County, which had been deeded to the
sons of William Penn. In 1810 Whitehall Township was divided into North
and South Whitehall. In 1867 the eastern parts of both of these Townships
were again divided to create the present day Whitehall Township.
The early villages usually began with the construction of a gristmill, sawmill,
or a building which served as a hotel, store, and post office. In time,
other buildings and homes were established.
Primarily agricultural in nature, North Whitehall Township was also home
to several mining interests. Slate, iron ore, limestone, and cement industries
flourished during the 1800s. In 1860, the Coplay Ironton Railroad was built
to transport goods from the various mines. After mining operations declined
in this area, the railroad was eventually abandoned.
Throughout its history, North Whitehall Township has proven to be a desirable
place to live, and continues to do so by retaining its unique blend of residential
and rural character.
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