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Martins Creek, Pennsylvania
Location within Northampton county
Location within Northampton county
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Coordinates: 40°47′00″N 75°11′11″W / 40.78333°N 75.18639°W / 40.78333; -75.18639Coordinates: 40°47′00″N 75°11′11″W / 40.78333°N 75.18639°W / 40.78333; -75.18639
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Northampton
Township Lower Mount Bethel
 • Total 631
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 610 and 484

Martins Creek is a census-designated place in Lower Mt. Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, located along Martins Creek. The zip code is 18063. Its population was 631 as of the 2010 United States Census.

Around 1730 a number of Scotch-Irish settled in a part of the town called Hunter's Settlement. Martin's Creek was first settled by Robert Lyle in 1741, with James Martin arriving around 1747. Martin operated a grist mill, and later served as a colonel in the American Revolution. In 1744 missionary David Brainerd began his work here with the Clistowackin band of Lenape Indians.

By the 1800s the area was known as "Flatfield", from the level terrain; by the time of the American Civil War it was known as "Martinsville", and later changed to Martin's Creek.

The major industry in the area was as the Alpha Portland Cement Company, which closed in 1964. In 1942 an explosion at the Lehigh Portland Cement Co. plant in nearby Sandts Eddy killed 31 people.

In 1939 exiled Russian prime minister Alexander Kerensky married Australian journalist Lydia Ellen Tritton in Martins Creek.

The Hunter-Martin Settlement Museum commemorates the early history of the area.

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