When Dick Farmer gives a tour to children, he explains to them that with a plumb line they have to locate the four corners of the house. At each of the corners of the house, carefully dressed cubicle field stones are place in perfect alignment with the plumb line. A series of cornerstones are placed one on top of the other in an interlocking pattern to establish the volume of the 1803 House.
The way the 1803 House is constructed provides a great deal of symbolism regarding its importance in the community. It stands with the other historic structures in our community which serve as the cornerstone of history of colonial Emmaus. We are fortunate they are being preserved. With the preservation of the 1803 House, the preservation of colonial Moravian History is in full view.
Between these cornerstones are numerous field stones of random shape harvested from the neighboring hills. These stones are symbolic of the Emmaus community at large. They are placed in a more complex pattern and tie the whole volume together. Every stone has its place. The Plumb Line; For all published articles Go to Resources;