Welcome to The 1803 House in Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Location: 55 South Keystone Avenue, Emmaus PA 18049; Email: friends@1803house.org; Mailing Address: Post Office Box 7, Emmaus, PA 18049

The mission of "The Friends of the 1803 House" is to help preserve and maintain the 1803 House, as a museum for the community of Emmaus.
We protect the past while ensuring the next generation of Americans will learn from the lessons of our history.

Flood Damage Appeal

We, the Friends of the 1803 House, have been digging deep into the history of the 1803 House since 1975.  We are thankful the
flood on August 4, 2020 did not damage our recently completed archaeological dig. The 1803 House was surrounded by water,
which filled the basement and one inch into the above 1st floor. We now have to
"Dig Deep" into the resources of the community asking for funding and "in-kind" efforts to help with the mounting flood bills that are $12,000.  Please consider supporting the 1803 House with a tax-deductible contribution to help with our flood damage costs.  Below are two ways to  contribute; by credit card
 with "GoFundMe Charity" or by check.  Thank you in advance for your continued support to the 1803 House!   
Presidents Appeal Letter;  Flood Pictures
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If you prefer to give by check, fill out this "Appeal" form and mail it with your tax-deductible donation.

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. The house preserves the architecture of the Moravian culture of Colonial Pennsylvania and is located at 55 South Keystone Avenue, Emmaus, PA and is managed by The Friends of the 1803 House. More history;

1803 House Archeological Dig:

Since 2015, Lehigh University Archaeology Professor David Small, has been working with teams of students and Emmaus volunteers on excavations at the 1803 House. Lehigh's enterprise was not the first however, as Ryan Loughren, a teacher at  Seven Generations Charter School, in 2012, took several students to dig south of the kitchen. In 2017, the project took on an exciting new focus. Lehigh University will be constructing an integrated, interactive website which will contain not only the information from the excavation,
but the information from the 1803 House itself. This new focus is only possible through the "Mellon Digital Initiative Grant", which Lehigh University helped the 1803 House procure. That same year the excavating crew uncovered a "privy". In 2019, the team completed their excavation of the site. They preserved the site walls and then placed clean fill over the area.
Now, the 1803 House, anxiously awaits the release of the new website being created by Lehigh University students. More on Dig;

1803 House Old Fashioned Christmas


December 5, 2020 from 10am to 2pm [FLYER]: This year because of Covid-19, our event will be held outside at the 1803 House homestead. We have adjusted our event offering: free ornament kits for the children to craft at home; our annual sale of natural homemade Douglas Fir wreaths and/or wreath kits to decorate at home; holiday items and church baby sale.  There will be a demonstration on how holiday wreaths were decorated back in 1803. We are adding something new this year, a drive by "Very Merrie Wine Pull". Stop by for a visit.
 Go to Winter Events; Morning Call Article;  Holiday Photo Summary; 

1803 House & Dale Earnhardt Jr.:


Why was NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Emmaus?  His Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather was Johannes Ehrenhardt who was the father of Jacob Ehrenhardt Sr. who was the father of Jacob Ehrenhardt Jr., who built the 1803 House.   Morning Call article; or "Ramblings from the Bench";

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Planned Programs...
The 1803 House also gives slide show presentations to a group or organization at another location. Since we totally rely on donations to achieve our mission, we would greatly appreciate a donation.
To schedule a planned program, 
contact us.