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Annual Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday May 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Tatamy Municipal Building. Join us as we pay tribute to all who have served this great nation. Tatamy Historical Society Archives/ Museum will be open after the service and refreshments will be served.
The 8th Annual Community wide Yard Sale will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday August 22, 2015 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. No permits are required for this sale. For more information please contact the Borough Office.
The Rt. 33 interchange anticipated opening is June 25, 2015.
In 1982 the Tatamy Historical Society was formed by William Carling, Joanne Wagner and Nancy Werkheiser. The Archives opened in June of 1993 to commemorate Tatamy's Centennial. Much of Tatamy's
history is preserved in the form of pictures, newspapers, scrapbooks, clothing, furnishings and other memorabilia.
A one of a kind Tatamy Centennial Quilt is among the many displays. Other areas of interest include the following exhibits - Military, Tatamy Athletic Association, Tatamy Fire Company and Tatamy School, just to name a few.
All are invited to come explore the history of Tatamy. Admission is free. Contributions are always welcome.
Tatamy Borough has ordinances pertaining to grass and weeds. 19-
1958 and 53-1968- known as the Grass and Weed Ordinances requires all citizens and businesses to keep grass cut below 6 inches. Cut grass is not to be put in the street. Please, do not blow clippings into the streets. This clogs the gutters. Thank you! Removal of clippings is the property owner's responsibility.
Moving permits are required for those moving into and out of Tatamy. The cost is $5.00 and can be obtained at the Borough office. This permit is valuable to you especially for tax purposes and to the Borough.
Junk Vehicle Ordinances 188-2000 (which repealed 45-1967)and 244-2007 (amending sections 5 and 13 of 188-2000) prohibiting the storage of motor vehicles upon any street or alley or on private property for more than 7 days that does not display current license plate and/or current registration sticker and current
emissions sticker (where required by law); is not in operating condition; or is a junk vehicle.
Sidewalk ordinance 20-1924. Sidewalks and gutters must be cleared within 24 hours. In the event of ice,
sand or salt should be applied. Please DO NOT place snow / ice in roads, on sidewalks or next to fire hydrants. Any help in keeping the fire hydrants cleared and accessible is greatly appreciated!
The following streets are designated Snow routes:
7th, Broad, Chief Tatamy, High, Main, Prospect, Shelley, and Trisha Streets, Alexus, Bridgette, Fern, and Mill Brook Courts and Mill Race Dr.
Please move your vehicles from these streets when a Snow Emergency is called. All vehicles will be towed at owners expense if they are not moved.
Tatamy Borough is located in Northampton County and is approximately 1/2 mile square. It is surrounded by Palmer Township to the south, Nazareth Borough to the west, Stockertown to the north, and Forks Township to the east. The 2010 census put Tatamy's population at 1203. There are just under 450 residences in the Borough. Tatamy is home to 14 businesses, 2 churches and a Masonic lodge. Borough children attend the Nazareth Area School District.
The Borough of Tatamy takes its name from Moses Tunda Tatamy, a noted Lenni Lenape Native American who owned 315 acres of land northeast of Tatamy. He was born around 1695 in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Tatamy was
given his land from the Penn family for his services to them as a messenger & interpreter. In 1745 Tatamy was the first Native American baptized by David Brainerd.
The background & history of Tatamy is interwoven with the generations of the Messinger family that owned, occupied, & helped the area develop into a community. In 1771 Michael Messinger Sr. Bought 500 acres of land that includes present day Tatamy. In spring of 1893, having become a fair-sized village, citizens of the town met to discuss separation from Palmer Township & incorporate into an independent borough. They were Samuel S Lerch, Ellen C Messinger, JA Happel, Martin Werkheiser, Amzie F Titus, Samuel A Messinger, Edwin Babp, Jacob Hagley, G Frank Messinger, JM Stecker, CS Messinger, & Milton Johnson. The petition was addressed to the court on April 10, 1893. April 13, 1893 the Grand Jury recommended the petition be granted. Judge HJ Reeder granted the Decree of Incorporations on June 12, 1893.
Tatamy is a small community that values its past, strives to create a worthwhile future, making the present a place people want to be part of.
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