Winter Events at the 1803 House

Location: 55 South Keystone Avenue, Emmaus PA 18049;


2023 Old Fashioned Christmas at the 803 House

 "Old Fashioned Christmas at the 1803 House and all of Emmaus" December 2nd from 10am to 2pm...2022 Flier: There will be: a fire in the open-hearth baking apple cobbler, holiday treats; Christmas tree with colonial decorations; windowsills decorated by members of the Emmaus Garden Club; Macungie Ministrelaires singing Christmas Carols, Decorated Douglas Fir holiday wreaths for sale or buy a wreath to take home to decorate; Ornament crafting for the children: a "Very Merrie Wine Pull"; 1803 House and holiday items for sale; Scale models of Emmaus historic sites by Andre Fatula; How were wreaths decorated in 1803? Stop by and see; Holiday tours of the house and so much more; Other; historic Emmaus sites will be open: The Emmaus Historical Society, The Knauss Homestead; The Shelter House; Plus, many holiday events happening in Emmaus.  Morning Call Article; Holiday Photo Summary. 

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come one, come all:

  To Jacob's Tavern   
When: February 25, 2023
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Where: YERGEY BREWING, 235 Main Street, Emmaus, PA
The 1803 House celebrated 22 decades, that's 220 years of history.  
Everyone enjoyed special ale "Grey Beard" brewed by Jim Yergey, in commemorative 1803 House glass, along with the tasty local cider, cocktails and wine offerings. The homemade food from Red Ticket Cafe and old-time folk music of Kelly Planer and the Perks made the afternoon even more enjoyable.  And the themed raffle was a great success!

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2022 Old Fashioned Christmas at the 1803 House:

December 2nd, from 10am to 2pm [2022 Flyer]:
Even with the rain for Old Fashioned on Saturday, the 1803 House was warm, cozy and full of holiday spirit: the open-hearth fire with gingerbread baking was warm and heavenly; the Macungie Minstrelaires were superb; Christmas tree with colonial decorations were stunning; windowsills decorated by members of the Emmaus Garden Club were dazzling; decorated Douglas Fir holiday wreaths for sale just beautiful; kids crafts and games were fun; and the Scale models of Emmaus historic sites by Andre Fatula were so fascinating.  Also, many tours, loads of stories, oodles of great conversations, tons of questions, and the holiday spirit felt throughout the house.  Visitors faces...PRICELESS. Go to Winter EventsMorning Call Article; Holiday Photo Summary.

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

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