Welcome to The 1803 House

in Emmaus, Pennsylvania


Happy Spring from the "Friends of the 1803 House"


About the 1803 House

In 1803 Jacob Ehrenhardt, Jr. built this stone, Federal-style home for his wife Susanna
and their four daughters, Barbara, Anna Marie, Anna Eleonora and Suzanna.  
It was located near the Moravian Church, surrounded by crop fields,
the South Mountain and a stream nearby on a plot of land
owned by his father, Jacob Ehrenhardt Sr.
Click here for more history on the 1803 House.

Click Here for A Photo Tour of the 1803 House...
Step inside and go back in time to the early 1800's
after the Moravians had settled in Emmaus. 
The house preserves the architecture of the Moravian culture
of Colonial Pennsylvania and illustrates the lifestyle of Colonial America.
This beautiful renovated "time capsule" is a vital link to our heritage
and one of the oldest structures in Emmaus.

The 1803 House is located at
55 South Keystone Avenue in Emmaus, PA,
is managed by The Friends of the 1803 House
and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Click Here For Ways To Support The 1803 House 
or for
1803 House Educational Opportunities.

 What's Happening at the 1803 House? [Click here for articles]

Archaeology Resumes with Lehigh University. [right]
Archaeology Professor David Small of Lehigh University
has been working with
teams of students and with important volunteers from Emmaus on excavations at the 1803 House. 
Lehigh’s enterprise was not the first however, and due recognition must be given to Ryan Loughren
who was a teacher at the local 7 Generations Charter School.  Ryan took several students to dig south
of the kitchen and exposed important walls to a building which we are today exploring. 
For the past two years Lehigh students and Emmaus volunteers have been working to understand
the buried walls behind the kitchen.  They have currently excavated a small section of what was a larger building.
  What this building was is still undetermined.  The best estimate to date is that it was a log cabin
which was used by the builders of the 1803 House, before the house was built.  
Click here to see progress;

Restoration of Front Door and Kitchen Door is finally complete. [right]; 

New Buck Fence [right]...
Click here for pictures or Here for Morning Call Article;

New Trundle Bed

2017 Events the 1803 House Participates In: [Click here for 2017 calendar]

     Emmaus Farmers Market...1st Sunday of Apr-Dec from 10am - 2pm

Heritage Alliance Education Project in June...The 1803 House, the Shelter House, God's Acre and the Knauss Homestead will be hosting a Pilot Program with the East Penn School District.  Third graders from two elementary schools will explore and learn about their community, the history of Emmaus and how children lived during the time periods of each site. [click here for article]

Emmaus Heritage Festival...September 24th at the Emmaus Historical Society at 218 Main Street, Emmaus from 10am-2pm

Emmaus Historical Society Meeting...September 20th at St Johns Lutheran Church, 5th and Chestnut, Emmaus at 7pm. "Stories about the 1803 House" will be presented by Marian Schneck, Vice President of the Friends of the 1803 House.

2018 Events at the 1803 House: [Click here for 2017 calendar]

"A Very Merrie Halloween"...October 7th from 10am - 4pm...Click here for information and photo gallery. A Very Merrie Halloween 2016 was a huge success!  Thank you very much to all who came out and supported the Friends of The 1803 House! Click here for 2016 Merrie Halloween pictures.

"Old Fashioned Christmas at the 1803 House"...December 1st from noon - 4pm...Click here for P
hoto Gallery. This event is always the 1st Saturday of December at the 1803 House.  Come and enjoy the fire in open hearth baking gingerbread, warm cider, holiday treats, Christmas tree with colonial  decorations, window sill decorated by members of the Emmaus Garden Club,  ornament-crafting for the children, holiday items for sale, "1803 House Church Baby" sale, annual homemade wreath sale and holiday tours of the house.  Click her for 2016 Old Fashioned Christmas pictures.

This 'n' That:

For the Christmas Holidays colonialists decorated their homes with fruit.  In the picture below, what is the green round fruit that surrounds the 1803 House Christmas Tree?  Click Here to get the Answer




Introducing the "1803 House Church Baby"

I am a little “1803 House Church Baby” doll,
made from a hankie and tied in knots, so small.
On the way to the Moravian church,
little ones carry me holding me so carefully.
And when settled in the pews, we play together oh, so peacefully.
At times I may be dropped on the floor, but do not fear
I do not make any sound, which I want to make perfectly clear.
Of course babies love me as well,
When my head is filled with sugar cubes or candy, do tell.

The “1803 House Church Babies” are made by the Friends of the 1803 House Board members.
They are available for purchase at any 1803 House event or open house and the Emmaus Farmers Market
for $5.00 to $7.00
For more information “1803 House Church Baby”

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