Lechauwekink, the anglicized version of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) name meaning "where the waters fork", was the title given to the Lehigh River thus describing it as being a fork of the Delaware River. At times it was called the Lecha River and finally it became the Lehigh. It is from this river that Lehigh County takes its name.
The Colonial Trail covers a portion of Lehigh County beginning in Emmaus, originally called Macungie (Mauch Chunk) "eating place of the bears" and extends to Allentown originally called Northampton Town and renamed in honor of its found William Allen, Chief Justice of the Colony of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.
Sites along the trail:
The Shelter House (Zufluchtshaus) (1743) - a house or structure to which one flees - the oldest log building of record in Lehigh County.
Emmaus Moravian Church (1742)
Iron Gate House (1840-1850)
Keck House (1815)
Edgar Fink Homestead (1817)
The Western Salisbury Church (1741)
Lil-Le-Hi Trout Hatchery (1883)
Lenni Lenape Historical Society
Springhouse (early 1800's)
Old Lime Kiln
Bogert's Bridge (1841)
The Hunters Cabin (1741)
Trout Hall (1770)
Old Court House (1817)
The Geology Garden
Zion Church / Liberty Bell Shrine
Soldiers and Sailors Monument (1899)
American Revolution and War of 1812 Memorial
Civil War Memorial
This trail has taken you through various places of our local history. You have seen or been where the Indians lived and fought, where our first inhabitants felt the conflict and agony of our struggle for independence from England, memorials pertaining to the war of 1812, activity of the Civil War and World War I. There are numerous other places of interest in our community that may be covered by other hiking trails. These other points are well worth investigating.
Last Updated: 11/25/2006
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