HISTORY

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Hellertown is a thriving community, situated in the center of Lower Saucon Township, nestled in Saucon Valley. We are centrally located in the Lehigh Valley, just southeast of Bethlehem and only 15 minutes from Easton and Allentown.

Hellertown is named for Christopher Heller, one of the borough’s earliest residents. He and his six sons immigrated to the New World from Amsterdam in the fall of 1738. In 1746, Christopher’s second son, Simon, received a land grant along the Saucon Creek from Thomas and Richard Penn, sons of William Penn. Simon built a sawmill and a gristmill on the 200-acre tract, creating what is known today as the Heller-Wagner Gristmill, one of our oldest landmarks.

The Gristmill and surrounding buildings have been restored by the Hellertown Historical Society and are now open to the public. Visitors can tour the gristmill and view the mill’s mechanisms before walking upstairs to explore a variety of displays depicting life in the borough from the earliest years. The barn, located across Walnut Street from the gristmill, also houses a variety of displays including agricultural machinery, woodworking tools, blacksmithing tools and more.

Come explore the great history that Hellertown has to offer!

 

Check out the Hellertown Historical Society.