Welcome to The 1803 House in Emmaus, Pennsylvania


Happy New Year from the Friends of the 1803 House

Look for information on our new SPRING WINE EVENT...


Why NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in Emmaus?
click here for Morning Call article; or click here for the "Ramblings from the Bench"


2018 Annual Appeal to Restore Windows
 click here for letter from President; click here for donation form

bout 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

 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 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. 
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

2019 Events:

First Annual Spring Event at the 1803 House...look for more information on this event.

Heritage Alliance Education Project June 5th, 6th and 7th...
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 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 2018 article]

"Pies and Pints" at the 1803 House...more information to come.  In 2018 we celebrated the
215 birthday of the 1803 House. The celebration included all the pizza and salad from Switchback Pizza
and Funk's beer in a commentative 1803 House pilsner glass.  
Your donation will help the Friends of the 1803 House rebuild the
colonial window that are in need of repair.  Click here for East Penn Press Article

"Old Fashioned Christmas at the 1803 House"...Dec. 7th from noon - 4pm...Click here for Photo Gallery.
This event is always the 1st Saturday of December at the 1803 House. Come and enjoy 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.

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 to $7.00
For more information “1803 House Church Baby”


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