Welcome to North East
Erie County – 802 sq. miles
North East Township – 42.08 sq. miles
North East Borough – 1.3 sq miles
Erie County – 280,566
North East Township – 6,315
North East Borough – 4,294
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North East’s claim to this descriptive title dates back to 1850 when two men named Hammond and Griffith planted the first vineyard in the region. They suspected the combination of soil conditions and climate just inland of the Lake Erie shore would be perfect for growing grapes, and their hunch proved to correct.
In 1869 the South Shore Wine Co. was formed, and several other wineries soon followed. Today, the North East area boasts eleven thriving wineries, thousands of acres of vineyards and two large fruit processing plants.
Grapes are not only a major industry, but also provide a source of identity for residents: even the school district’s award-winning sports teams embrace their heritage with the name “North East Grapepickers.”
Agriculture provides a beautiful backdrop to the community throughout every season and plays a large part in the culture of North East. The abundant cherry crop is celebrated each July with the annual Cherry Festival and over 20,000 visitors will toast to the harvest during North East’s 36th annual Winefest, September 22, 23, and 24.
North East’s location has other advantages as well. At only 80 miles west of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, 180 miles north of Pittsburgh, and 120 miles east of Cleveland, it is relatively close to three major cities. North East also neighbors Peek ‘n Peak, a world-class golf course just 15 miles south east in Clymer, New York. It’s proximity to Lake Erie provides even more recreational opportunities for North East residents. The beautiful beaches of Presque Isle State Park are 15 miles west of town, and North East’s Halli Reed Park features a guarded beach, covered picnic areas, a volleyball pit, and a playground. The park is the site of a monument to North East’s own Halli Reed, who in 1993 became the first woman to swim across Lake Erie.
North East Township Conservation Park, located on Rt. 5 just east of 20 mile creek, is yet another opportunity for recreation near the water where visitors can enjoy a hike along the walking trails between Rt. 5 and the shores of Lake Erie. The park’s neighboring North East Marina, owned by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, is the only protected port between Erie and Barcelona, New York. The Marina has 220 dock slips, a tackle shop, full marine services, four launch ramps and a restaurant, and provides both public and private access to Lake Erie.