Orefield is a small unincorporated community
in Lehigh County
, United States, split between North Whitehall
and South Whitehall
township. Located along Pennsylvania Route 309
, Orefield has the zip code
of 18069. Its name is derived from the extensive deposits of limonite
) once mined here. It was once the terminus of the Siegersville Branch of the Ironton Railroad
, which was extended here to haul the ore.
Orefield is the former home to Parkland High School
. It is a part of the Lehigh Valley
and is only a few miles outside of Allentown
. It is surrounded by many suburban housing developments, many of which were former farms operated by the Pennsylvania Dutch
whose influence in the community is waning. There are many covered bridges
nearby which cross the Jordan Creek
Located near Orefield is a large factory for Alpo Dog Food
, which has been owned by the Ralston Purina Company
since the 1990s. Also located nearby are the Jaindl turkey farms; Orefield's turkey farms provide the already-slaughtered turkeys that are presented to the president
(the live turkeys that are pardon
ed at the same presentation come from rotating locations). Located in Orefield is Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre
, the second drive-in ever built (1934) and America's oldest operating drive-in theater
Orefield is served by the Parkland School District
, which has Orefield Middle School
in the village. The district's high school was located in Orefield until 1999, when it moved to Cedar Crest Boulevard to the east. Kernsville Elementary School is located just west of the village.
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Category:Unincorporated communities in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Category:Unincorporated communities in Pennsylvania