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By Don Morfe, July 6, 2015
First School Slate Factory Marker
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — First School Slate Factory
The first factory to produce blackboard and school slates common in U.S. classrooms opened nearby in 1847. Slate production peaked at over one million pieces early in the 20th century, leading to Slatington’s distinction as the nation’s top slate . . . — Map (db m85565) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — Friedens
The land that comprised Washington Township was separated from Heidelberg Township in 1847. The establishment of the Union Church led to the region’s settlement. John Peters, the area’s first landowner, was the namesake for the village known as . . . — Map (db m85686) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — George Kern Home
Slatington’s oldest surviving home was erected in 1824 by Nicholas Kern’s grandson George. The structure served as Slatington’s first hotel and was also a popular tavern. Currently this colonial period stone home is a private residence. — Map (db m85654) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — Hose Co. No. 1 Borough Hall
Slatington Borough Council purchased this property in 1888 to erect the town’s first fire station. Council decided the new building would house both the fire company and Slatington’s municipal offices. Dedicated on November 28, 1889, the building . . . — Map (db m85685) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — John Kern Barn
Slatington's oldest surviving structure was built circa 1807, by Nicholas Kern's grandson John. Nicholas Kern's Homestead once occupied the area in front of the barn. The barn's western portion was removed in 1894 to accommodate the opening of . . . — Map (db m85655) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — Kern Settlers
The areas first settler Nicholas Kern emigrated from the Palatinate area of Germany circa 1730 on board the ship Adventurer. Kern moved his family from south Whitehall Township after acquiring 700 acres in present day Slatington. The Kerns were . . . — Map (db m85563) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — Lehigh Valley Railroad Station1862 -1969
Entrepreneur Asa Parker founded the Lehigh Valley Railroad (LVRR) in 1853 to more efficiently transport anthracite coal to market. A freight and passenger station was constructed on this site in 1862. The LVRR Slatedale Branch opened in 1870 for the . . . — Map (db m85695) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — Neff House Hotel
This building was constructed in 1850 by John Remaley; whose grandfather Ambrose was an original settler to the area. Issued a liquor license in 1851 the building was originally called Remaley House, and later known as The Slatington Hotel. Edward . . . — Map (db m85656) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — Slate Industry
One of the largest slate-producing centers in the United States. Welsh slate entrepreneur William Roberts first sighted slate in 1844 near a local barn. He and other Welsh immigrants established and worked in numerous slate quarries in this region. . . . — Map (db m85564) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — Truckers Mill
A sawmill, built before 1755, and used as a station for troops at time of the French and Indian War, stood about 200 feet north of here. Known also as Kern’s Fort, its position on two pioneer roads gave it much military value. — Map (db m85687) HM
Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Slatington — Warrior’s Path
Originally built by Indians, the Warrior’s path was a travel and trading route, which ran along the Lehigh River from Weissport’s Fort Allen to Easton. A spur trail traveled along the north side of Trout Creek. This spur trail continued up Factory . . . — Map (db m85653) HM

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