In 1762, one of the wealthiest men in Pennsylvania, William Allen, laid out the boundaries for Allentown. What began as a summer retreat transformed into a prosperous city. This community even hid the Liberty Bell from the British during the American Revolution.
The folks in Allentown always had a way of both preserving history and building on it. The nation's oldest civilian convert band, the Allentown Band, started here in 1828. Every summer, people look forward to The Great Allentown Fair, which began in 1852. In 1860, Solomon Dorney thought folks might enjoy some fishing, so he created a trout hatchery that became Dorney Park.