Northampton Township is a growing suburban community of some 40,000 residents. The 26 square mile municipality is located 12 miles northeast of Philadelphia. The first Europeans to come to the Township were English immigrants who arrived with William Penn in the late 1600’s. It was these settlers who named the area after Northamptonshire, a small village outside of London.
The township was incorporated in 1722. By that time, Dutch farmers joined the English colonists to settle places destined to become known as Richboro, Holland, Churchville, Rocksville, Addisville, and Jacksonville - all located within Northampton Township.
Northampton Township was always a farming community with just a few settlements near crossroads or mills. Not until the late 1800's did the villages of Richboro & Churchville grow, as retired farmers decided to build homes "in town". Some of these farming families are still with us today through sons and daughters preserving their heritage.
Life was never dull for them or their counterparts on the farm.There were big political parades, church and school picnic's, serenades of banging pots & pans at the homes of newlyweds, carnivals & dinners at the firehouse, and of course, the trips to, and competing in, the county fairs. Today, many landmarks have changed or disappeared, and new activities have replaced the old.
In 1996 we started celebrating the years of growth, prosperity and changes since it was founded, but our township still holds much beauty and the small town atmospheres from the past, with your farms, parks, and open land. Come join our celebration, enjoy the fun, visit with our advertisers & sponsors, and come back each year to create some great memories!