Winter Events at the 1803 House

Location: 55 South Keystone Avenue, Emmaus PA 18049;

 
Old Fashioned Christmas at 1803 House [Past Flier]: This event is always the 1st Saturday of December at the 1803 House and all of Emmaus Historic Sites.  Enjoy the fire in open hearth baking gingerbread, warm cider, 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 and so much more. Holiday Photo Summary;  Morning Call Article

1803 House Decorated for Colonial Christmas
 

Home Made Natural Wreaths for Sale
  



Kid's Crafts

   

Beeswax ornaments

 

Holiday Decorations with Fruit:

For the Christmas Holidays colonialists decorated their homes with fruit. In the picture below a green round fruit that surrounds Christmas Tree.  It is "Osage Orange". The Osage orange tree and the green fruits which were eaten by the prehistoric Giant Sloth.  When the Sloths became extinct a long, long time ago, so did the Osage Orange Tree.  But fate and some very ambitious Indians interceded and the Osage orange tree became the most planted tree of the 19th century. The Indians used the tree's wood to make bows since it was very strong, flexible, durable and did not rot.  The wood shavings were also used to make golden yellow or mossy green dyes.  The branches were thorny and the animals did not want to tangle with it.  So, the colonists planted the tree around their house for protection.  The fruit however, was not eaten by any animal or human, so the colonists used it for decorations.

   

Decorated Window Sills by Emmaus Garden Club
 
   
Scale Emmaus Building Models by Andre Fatula



1803 House Church Babies/Angels for Holiday Season
   

Volunteer at the 1803 House:

  
  The Friends of the 1803 House are always looking for volunteers at out Fundraiser Events, Education Programs and restoration/construction projects. Go To Volunteer
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