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Egypt

Egypt is an unincoporated community in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States, about 7 miles north of Allentown and 1 mile west of Cementon. Egypt is located on Pennsylvania Route 329, just west of its intersection with Pennsylvania Route 145 at Eagle Point.

Egypt is one of the oldest communities in eastern Pennsylvania, having been settled as early as 1733. It was the first settlement in Pennsylvania north of South Mountain. Early Pennsylvania German settlers of nearby present-day Lynn and Albany townships had named the area where they settled Alle mängel("all wants") due to the poor quality of the soil on which they were trying to farm and raise crops. By contrast, the soil here was found to be quite fertile, and early settlers named this region "Egypta," since ancient, with its fertile Nile delta, was the "granary of the world."

In 1755, Jacob Kohler established a gristmill, located along the Coplay Creek just south of the church. The Troxell-Steckel House, which was built in Egypt in 1756, is one of the oldest buildings in Lehigh County and is today operated as a museum and historic site by the Lehigh County Historical Society. The Egypt area was also the location of Fort Deshler, a French and Indian War era frontier fort established in 1760 to protect settlers from Indian attacks. The fort, which was near the present intersection of PA Route 145 and Chestnut Street, stood until about 1940. The site is commemorated by a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker. A granite marker, located just outside of Egypt at Scheidy's Road and Spring Street, commemorates the last Indian attack in Lehigh County , which occurred on October 8, 1763, when nine settlers were murdered.

The earliest hotel in the area was the Werley House, which operated from 1796 to 1815. The first "English school" (as opposed to one that taught students in the Pennsylvania German dialect) was organized in 1808. Other early industries in the immediate area included a carriage works, coal yard, bakery, tannery and silk works.

As of 2010 census, Egypt was (94.1%) White, (.011%) African American, (.015%) Asian, (.016%) from other races, and (.013%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were (.038%) of the population. There were 1,231 Females (51.4%) and 1,160 Males (48.5%) with the most of the population of 561 (23.4%) under 18 and 1,830 (76.5%) 18 and over. Ages 35-49 is the highest group 574 (24.%) followed by 50-64 with 572 (23.9%), then 65 & over with 308 (12.8%), then 25-34 with 228 (.095%) and finally 20-24 with 90 (.037%).

Egypt is part of the Whitehall-Coplay School District. Students in grades nine through 12 attend

More information is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt,_Pennsylvania

 
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