1803 House Board
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No Longer Held
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Welcome to The 1803 House in Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Post Office Box 7, Emmaus, PA 18049;
55 South Keystone Avenue, 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.
Have a Safe and Healthy 2021, from the Friends of the 1803 House!
2021 Lehigh Valley Passport to History at the 1803 House
Lehigh Valley Passport to History...August 14-15, 2021
: The “Grand Opening” this past weekend at the 1803 House was a big success. In participation with the Lehigh Valley Passport to History Month, the 1803 House was open for the first time in 19 months with vintage candle making, outdoor photo scavenger hunt, personal house tours, archeological dig update, history of the Emmaus Moravian settlers, herb garden display, those wonderful old fashioned root beer floats and just relaxing under the shade tree. Thank you to those who visited and the Lehigh Valley Passport to History for organizing this wonderful event! Our next event will be “Old Fashioned Christmas” at the 1803 House.
Go to Passport to History Website
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
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!
To donate click on the "Contribute to Appeal" button below 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.
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 & 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
Ramblings from the Bench"
Paul Reinhard-Morning Call
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Need a Speaker?:
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.
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1803 House Education Programs:
The 1803 House offers Educational Programs. We currently have an educational partnership with nearby Seven Generations Charter School
and East Penn School District.
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The 1803 House is always looking for help.
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55 South Keystone Avenue Emmaus, PA 18049
The "Friends of the 1803 House, Inc." is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization - donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
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