Welcome to The 1803 House in Emmaus, Pennsylvania

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Emmaus Founders Day
Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
at the Moravian Church, 146 Main Street, Emmaus
 
For Information;  Purchase tickets
The Knauss Homestead and the 1803 House are partnering to sponsor the Emmaus Founders Day in honor of the Knauss and Ehrenhardt families, founders of Emmaus. This is the day to remember a major event occurred to celebrate, give thanks and to reflect upon the evolution of our community. It is an event to reflect on the foundation of our 'village small' created by Sebastian Knauss and Jacob Ehrenhardt. It is a time to look back at our historical journey and to look ahead to sustain the welfare of all persons that call Emmaus home.  A dinner is prepared by Licensed 2 Grill.


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"Bites + Brews" @ The 1803 House

September 22, 2019 from 4pm to 7pm (rain or shine) at the 1803 House!

Come and taste a variety of Funk Beers in a commemorative pilsner glass, enjoy burgers and more at the Licensed 2 Grill food truck, listen to music by Larry Killingsworth. play picnic games, have fun with our famous basket raffle and tours of the 1803 House.
click here for details; click here to purchase tickets online


Featuring:       
     
                              Funk Beer           Licensed 2 Grill       Larry Killingsworth 
                                                                           

Thank you to our Sponsors...
        
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Why NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in Emmaus?
Morning Call article; or "Ramblings from the Bench"


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Appeal to Restore Windows
Le
tter from President; donation form


 
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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.
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.
 
More history;  A Photo Tour; How to help; Become a Member

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 What's Happening at the 1803 House?

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 Seven
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. S
ee progress;


Restoration of Front Door and Kitchen Door [right]; 

New Buck Fence [right] Pictures or Morning Call Article;

New Trundle Bed
[right] 


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2019 Events at the 1803 House:

"Sips & Strings" at the 1803 House...Sunday May 19, 2019 from 2pm to 5pm:  This fundraiser which helped to restore the colonial windows in the 1803 House, included bites from David's Italian Market, wine tasting in a commemorative wine glass, string music from Montero Violins, and Russ Rentler. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon with wine, food and musicArticle from the East Penn Press

Emmaus Heritage Alliance Education Project:
For the third year, 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 four elementary schools will explore and learn about their community, the history of Emmaus and how children lived during the time periods of each site. 2018 article or 2019 East Penn Press article

"Bites + Brews" at the 1803 House...September 22, 2019 from 4 to7 for information; or order tickets onlineThe fundraiser includes burgers and more form Licensed 2 Grill food truck, a variety of Funk's beers in a commentative 1803 House pilsner glass and music by Larry Killingsworth. Your donation will help the Friends of the 1803 House rebuild the colonial window that are in need of repair. 2018 "Pies & Pints" East Penn Press Article; Photo Gallery

"Old Fashioned Christmas at the 1803 House"...December 7, 2019 from noon - 4pm:  This event is always the 1st Saturday of December at the 1803 House. In 2018 visitors enjoyed the fire in open hearth baking gingerbread and beef stew, warm cider, holiday treats, Christmas tree with colonial  decorations, window sill decorated by members of the Emmaus Garden Club, scale Emmaus building models by Andre Fatula, ornament crafting for the children, "1803 House Church Baby" sale, annual homemade wreath sale and holiday tours of the 1803 House.  Photo Gallery.

2019 Events in Emmaus:
  Emmaus Founders Day...Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm  For Information  The Knauss Homestead and the 1803 House are partnering to sponsor the Emmaus Founders Day in honor of the Knauss and Ehrenhardt families, founders of Emmaus. This is the day to remember a major event occurred to celebrate, give thanks and to reflect upon the evolution of our community. It is an event to reflect on the foundation of our 'village small' created by Sebastian Knauss and Jacob Ehrenhardt. It is a time to look back at our historical journey and to look ahead to sustain the welfare of all persons that call Emmaus home.  A dinner is prepared by Licensed 2 Grill. Purchase tickets

Emmaus Heritage Festival...Saturday,
September 21, 2019 from 11am to 3pm:  
Live music, crafts, food truck, displays, games and so much more.at the Emmaus Historical Society 2018 Main Street, Emmaus.

"Old Fashioned Christmas" in Emmaus...Saturday December 7, 2019 from 10am to 8pm:  This event is always the 1st Saturday of December in Emmaus at the Triangle Park. There will be many holiday celebration activities throughout the town of Emmaus.


This 'n' That:

For the Christmas Holidays colonialists decorated their homes with fruit.  In the pictures below, first what is the
green round fruit that surrounds Christmas Tree and second did they use fruit for other decorations? 
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.
For more information “1803 House Church Baby”

 

 

 

 


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