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Easton in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Great Square

 
 
The Great Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
1. The Great Square Marker
Inscription. Surveyor William Parsons designated the City of Easton in a grid pattern radiating from this “Great Square” and the original Northampton County courthouse was erected in the square in 1765. Robert Levers stood on the steps of the courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence to the gathered public on July 8, 1776. This was one of three public readings of the documents to take place throughout the colonies.

The Civil War Monument that now stands on the old courthouse site is a 75 foot tall obelisk topped by what is called the “Bugler.” Formally named the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, the obelisk was designed to honor all of the armed forces who fought in the Civil War and was dedicated to local veterans in 1900.

Since circa 1752, the Great Square has also been the site of the oldest continuously operating open-air farmer’s market in the United States. To this day, the Square serves as one of the primary gathering places for residents of Easton.

(Inscription under the image in the upper left)
The Easton Farmers’ Market, established in 1752, is America’s oldest continuously-operated open-air market. The market stands proudly in its birthplace, the Great Square, where it has served the needs of the people for Easton for over 250 years.

(Inscription under the image in the lower left)

The Great Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
2. The Great Square Marker
The first Northampton County Courthouse was built on this site in 1756, adjacent to the jailhouse that was Easton’s first public building. The Courthouse was used until 1861, when the current County courthouse was constructed on Walnut Street. Image Credit: The Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society.
 
Erected by Karl Stirner Arts Trail-City of Easton, Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 40° 41.471′ N, 75° 12.534′ W. Marker is in Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on Center Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Easton PA 18042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Declaration of Independence in Easton (a few steps from this marker); Founding of Easton and Northampton County (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Peace Treaties (within shouting distance of this marker); Northampton County’s First Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sullivan’s March (within shouting distance of this marker); Lafayette College Founding (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Phillippe (within shouting distance of this marker); First Reformed Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Easton.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in The Great Square image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
3. Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in The Great Square
1900 Soldiers and Sailers Monument 2000 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
4. 1900 Soldiers and Sailers Monument 2000
Close up of the Front side image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
5. Close up of the Front side
Close up of the side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
6. Close up of the side 2
Close up of the side 3 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
7. Close up of the side 3
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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