About the Friends of the 1803 House

Articles Below:  Our Story;  1803 House Tours;  1803 House Education Programs;  National Register of Historic Places; Friends of the 1803 House Board Members

Our Story:

Rodale Press had purchased the property that the 1803 House was built on in the mid-1960’s for expansion of their business. Robert Rodale worried about tearing down the old house on the property without first doing some research. He and Mayor Pierce Randall agreed that Rodale would donate the house to the borough, along with $10,000 in “seed money”, if a committee could be established to research the history of the house, and raise an additional $10,000 from the community if restoration was decided upon. Robert and Ardath Rodale then donated the house and property to the borough in 1974 [black and white pictures to the right are courtesy of the Emmaus Public Library.]  Restoration began after the 1976 Bicentennial celebration, with that committee comprising the majority of the new "Friends of the 1803 House” committee. The Friends of the 1803 House is a non-profit 501(c-3) corporation which administers the house as a museum, and is generally the caretaker for the owner, the Borough of Emmaus.  Fund raising is through memberships, special events, corporate sponsorships, grants and donations.

Thank You for becoming a member of "The Friends of the 1803 House" from 2015-2016

Donna Allen, Jennifer Allen, Craig and Ann Bartholomew; Al and Dee Baurernschmidt; Maxine and Ron Benedick; Linda Burkhardt, Madelyn Cart; Lis Cassler; Gene Clock, Jill and Carl Cramer; Rachel Cubellis; Jack and Judy Daddona; Bob and Corrine Durdock; Dale and Kathy Eck; Sophia Fadem; Zona and Dick Farmer; Cor Faur; Laura Fetzer; Rev. and Mrs Fred Foerster; Joy Frankenfield, Doug Hall; Alan Hawman; Alison B. Hudak; Maryellen Iobst; Donald Jaffe; Andrew R. Kerstetter; Lesley and John Lojko; Aidan Levinson, Steve and Louise Long; Corinne H. Machmer; Richard Mackes; Jane Maulfair; Lucy McLeod; Pat Merrowsky, Miers Insurance; Kathy Miller, Jayne and Ron Moxey; Judy Parker; Robin Parker, Audrey Gardner Racines; Pete and Marian Schneck; Lexa H. Shallcross; Susan Smith; Joan Snyder; Janice Stavrou, Jessica and Dikran Yazujian;  Millidine Waterman; Emily Webb, Joie Jackson Wenner; Naomi Winch, Joe Zeller and Ann Wertman; Pat Zentner

To become a 2017 member of the 1803 House Click here...2017 Membership form

 

 

1803 House Tours

   

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" of the past is a vital link to our heritage and one of the oldest structures in the borough of Emmaus. Year-round guided tours of the 1803 House for groups or individuals are available.  Cost is $25.00 per group or $2.00 per person. For more information on scheduling email us at tours@1803house.org.

1803 House Education Programs:

  

The 1803 House offers Educational Programs...A nominal fee is required.  We currently have an educational partnership with nearby Seven Generations Charter School [pictured above] and local school districts. We have held many educational events at the 1803 House. For more information email us at education@1803house.org. Click Here for the Seven Generations Charter School website.

National Register of Historic Places


In 2003 the 1803 House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places 
by the United States Department of Interior.

The 1803 House in 1975 and Today

In 1975..
     
Today...
     

The Friends of the 1803 House Board Members

President:  Richard Farmer
Vice President: Marian Schneck
Treasurer:
Walter Lewis
Secretary:
Lucy McLeod
Al & Dee Bauernschmidt
Maxine Benedick
Lis Cassler
Jill Cramer
Rachel Cubellis
Andrea Grim
Alison Hudak
Joie Jackson-Wenner
Aidan Levinson
Marian Schneck
Joan Snyder
Janice Stavrou
Honorary Lifetime Directors:
Laura Fetzer
Alan Hawman
Robin Kertis
Corinne Machmer
Susan Smith
Deb Stevens