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Horner’s Cemetery, 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd. (Route 329), East Allen Township, is open for tours starting 1 p.m. Oct. 12. Tours will also be available 9-11 a.m. Oct. 19 and 26.Press file photo Horner’s Cemetery, 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd. (Route 329), East Allen Township, is open for tours starting 1 p.m. Oct. 12. Tours will also be available 9-11 a.m. Oct. 19 and 26.Press file photo

Horner’s Cemetery tours are scheduled

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Did you know that Craig’s Irish Settlement, dating to 1728, is celebrating its 291st anniversary this year? The resting place of these founders will be highlighted during fall tours Oct. 12 at Horner’s Cemetery, 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd. (Route 329), East Allen Township. The tours start 1 p.m.

Did you know the longest permanent settlement in the Lehigh Valley was here in Allen and East Allen townships, as well as the towns of Northampton, Bath and more?

Did you know Benjamin Franklin was a frequent visitor of our local tavern? The tavern was Hays Tavern, now Weaversville Inn.

Did you know George Washington gave our General Robert Brown a tree sapling after the American Revolutionary War? The sapling grew and was called the Friendship Tree.

Did you know Theodore Roosevelt has a relative in Horner’s Cemetery? John Boyd, one of our Lehigh Valley’s founding fathers, started Teddy’s family tree.

Did you know Jane Horner was the first woman settler killed by Native Americans? She lived in Allen Township and was buried in Horner’s Cemetery.

Did you know part of the Fort Ralston compound still stands today to view? The fort was built by James Ralston in East Allen Township.

Did you know Wilson’s Blockhouse was also built in the French and Indian War? Not only that — Hugh Wilson was also the founder of Northampton.

Did you know Arthur Lattimore founded the town of Bath? He also owned the first business in Bath called Lattimore’s Tannery.

Did you know Horner’s Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Northampton County? The cemetery dates back before 1744.

Did you know the small cemetery contains three generals, seven attorneys, four doctors, three ministers and at least 21 already documented veterans from four wars?

Did you know how far our visitors traveled to get a tour? Our longest-traveled visitor was from Australia. Some others came from Nebraska, Florida, New Jersey, Colorado and, this year, Georgia.

Did you know there are many more stories about our founders? Do you want your children to learn more about our local history than what is taught in school?

If you can’t make it Oct. 12, then come out for tours 9-11 a.m. Oct. 19 and 26. Private group and individual tours are also available by appointment into November.

For questions, contact Horner Cemetery Historical Society at 610-837-1757.