Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association

Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association Our Mission HCPA was created in 1984 to encourage an appreciation of the historical and architectural heritage of the Borough of Catasauqua
501(c)(3). EIN: 23-2722500

Welcome! HCPA traces its beginnings to 1983 when a small group of residents banded together to prepare applications for the establishment of two national historic districts in the Borough of Catasauqua (Lehigh County, Pennsylvania); the Biery's Port Historic District and the Mansion District. Since then, HCPA has worked to revive and maintain the towpath along the canal thru Catasauqua and has preserved The Biery House at 8 Race St, its Summer Kitchen, and the Deily Coal Yard, Scale House and Mule Barn – all between Union and Race St along the Canal. They have secured 6 of the 7 State Historic Markers in the borough and created an art gallery and museum at their 8 Race St headquarters featuring the borough’s history and architecture. HCPA remains active as an organizer and volunteer in the community for events such as Fest O’Fall and the recent Old Home Week celebration. In addition, our members enact their passion for historic preservation through biennial home and garden tours that highlight Catasauqua's rich history. HCPA's webpages are hosted by the Borough of Catasauqua; where HCPA creates and maintains the History pages for the borough. Included are Block by Block Walking Tours in addition to links to history resources. You can visit them by appointment or by stopping by 8 Race St the first and third Sundays of each month from May through September. History Located at the center of the Lehigh Valley, Catasauqua is one of the smallest, but most densely populated municipalities in the Valley. Now a quiet residential community, the borough once was home to the Crane Iron Works, the first commercially successful anthracite iron furnace. Its first blast in 1840 marked the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in America. The iron and allied industries brought much wealth to the town; such that by the early 1900s, Catasauqua had the highest concentration of millionaires per capita in the nation. Industry waned after WWI and commerce declined with the introduction of malls in neighboring Whitehall in the 1960s. With the purchase of the old Crane Iron site, the borough is targeting a development of the canal front and revitalization of downtown areas.

Mission: Our Mission HCPA was created to encourage an appreciation of the historical and architectural heritage of the Borough; to encourage the preservation of the architecture in our historic districts and the Borough at large as the houses and buildings are the tangible evidence of the events that made Catasauqua important as a contributor to the growth and development, not only Pennsylvania, but also of the United States; to encourage the preservation of the architectural integrity of our neighborhoods and to foster pride of ownership in the houses and buildings in our historic districts.

Larry & Roy stopped by with this info to share on the fire at St Lawrence, Jan 1945
05/16/2019

Larry & Roy stopped by with this info to share on the fire at St Lawrence, Jan 1945

Ready for Mother's Day?  Make yourself a flower arrangement and pair of pearl earrings.  This Friday at 8 Race St, 7pm. ...
05/06/2019

Ready for Mother's Day? Make yourself a flower arrangement and pair of pearl earrings. This Friday at 8 Race St, 7pm. $25. BYOB. Call Betsy @ 610 264-9716 to reserve a spot.

Industrial History of the D&L Corridor - Martha Capwell Fox and Ann Bartholomew
04/27/2019
Industrial History of the D&L Corridor - Martha Capwell Fox and Ann Bartholomew

Industrial History of the D&L Corridor - Martha Capwell Fox and Ann Bartholomew

In the spring of 2017, Martha Capwell Fox presented a fascinating talk about the significance of a few men of genius in the Lehigh Valley who made major contributions to the American industrial revolution. Now, she is nearing completion of a book titled Geography, Geology, and Genius: The Industrial...

Matchbook sampling
04/19/2019

Matchbook sampling

Lehigh Valley History
03/27/2019

Lehigh Valley History

The Thomas Iron Co., Alburtis, PA, operated this anthracite iron furnace from 1867 to 1920. Today the furnace is a historic site within a park.

03/23/2019

A quick question to all our followers about the Donate button? Has anyone attempted to use it lately and if so did it take you where you needed to go? Thanks

Erskine Hazard, of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co, who went to Wales to signup David Thomas and was one of the founders...
03/19/2019

Erskine Hazard, of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co, who went to Wales to signup David Thomas and was one of the founders of the Crane, had a son (oldest) named Alexander Fullerton Hazard. When Alexander was 12, he accompanied his father to Wales and witnessed the contract signed in 1838. He started a career in Phila as a pharmacist running a wholesale drug house, married, and had a son, Alex, Jr, who became a doctor. However, around 1890. he moved by himself to Catasauqua and worked at the Crane as a night watchman and other jobs, living alone at 242 Wood St. He died here at age 86. Why did he live such an obscure life? Dale Wint writes: "his eccentricities kept him away from his relatives, who endeavored to bestow every comfort on the old man." His obit below has been abbreviated as the remainder spoke more of his father, than of the deceased.

Whitehall Historical Preservation Society
03/18/2019

Whitehall Historical Preservation Society

03/01/2019
02/23/2019
STEAM TRAIN Videos

STEAM TRAIN Videos

Thomas Edison's Train Films (1897 - 1906)
Shown here are some of the earliest known rail & locomotive movies.

Tantilizing tidbit.  Found this reference to Catasauqua Manuf Co's Mill D in Fullerton from 1891 about a painting done b...
02/16/2019

Tantilizing tidbit. Found this reference to Catasauqua Manuf Co's Mill D in Fullerton from 1891 about a painting done by M McGovern. Who was McGovern? I suspect it was Michael McGovern, better known as "The Puddler Poet". His ties to Catasauqua are covered on pages54-58 of the link. The job of a puddler is the focus of pages 46-48. Higher wages paid to the puddlers was at the heart of the conflict between the early unions and industrialists, and the strikes at Oliver Williams's Cata Manuf Co. See this link for a bio of Michael McGovern. Update: we were recently contacted by Jim Fahy of the Williamstown Heritage Society, County Galway. Anyone with local information on this man's history, please contact us and/or JIm Fahy.
https://vindy.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2018/03/12/090320_PDF__PUDDLER_BIOGRAPHY.pdf

HCPA celebrates its volunteers | Catasauqua Press
02/15/2019
HCPA celebrates its volunteers | Catasauqua Press

HCPA celebrates its volunteers | Catasauqua Press

Bridget Feeney, of Emmaus, a volunteer at Catasauqua Borough’s Fest ’O Fall, Bob Miller, of Whitehall, and Jeff Donat, of Allentown, both with Whitehall Historical Preservation Association, attend Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association’s celebration for volunteers, held Jan. 25 at the Bi...

In 1935, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was created by Franklin D. Roosevelt to employ jobless Americans.  The ...
02/07/2019

In 1935, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was created by Franklin D. Roosevelt to employ jobless Americans. The Post Office in town was built under this program. But the WPA didn’t just employ people to construct bridges and buildings; it also funded visual artists, writers, musicians, and performers. The mural in the PO fell under this program.

Preservation Pennsylvania
02/07/2019
Preservation Pennsylvania

Preservation Pennsylvania

Historic preservation tax credits (HTC) are a carrot to encourage preservation and reuse of old buildings. Preservation Pennsylvania asks you to reach out to your state legislator and encourage them to sign on to bills in the Senate and the House that would expand and improve Pennsylvania's HTC. Don't let this valuable tool sunset in 2020! Visit our website preservationpa.org for more information on how you can help!

HCPA will be hosting a Historic House Tour this year on June 23rd.  Mark your calendars.  If you would like to volunteer...
02/06/2019

HCPA will be hosting a Historic House Tour this year on June 23rd. Mark your calendars. If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact any member of the board or message or comment here.

02/06/2019

HCPA will be hosting the Greater Lehigh Valley Heritage Keepers regular meeting on Saturday morning, March 9, at 10AM. GLVHK is an association of historic societies that formed about a year ago to promote the area's rich heritage and to share ideas, information and resources. The address is 8 Race St. Park in the Deily Coal Yard off of Union at Canal.

Lehigh Valley History
02/02/2019

Lehigh Valley History

Early 1900s postcard view of Howardtown Rd. and Second St., Catasauqua, PA.

Union Foundry ad 1881 Catasaqua Dispatch. Catasauqua.  Built c1850.  Located at Pine and Front (now gas station lot).  M...
01/09/2019

Union Foundry ad 1881 Catasaqua Dispatch. Catasauqua. Built c1850. Located at Pine and Front (now gas station lot). Moved early 1900s to Race and canal. Their trade went well beyond fences for homes in Catasauqua. Pic is from 1850 in front of Schneller's tinshop (next to the Eagle Hotel), CW Schneider, a tinsmith holding horse, and Union Foundry offices (on left).

This Friday nite at Gov Wolf Historic Society
01/07/2019

This Friday nite at Gov Wolf Historic Society

From a 1915 Morning Call
01/06/2019

From a 1915 Morning Call

120 years ago, the end of the Catasauqua Manufacturing Co (from Jan 1899).  Catasauqua mill site is now Colonial Landsca...
01/02/2019

120 years ago, the end of the Catasauqua Manufacturing Co (from Jan 1899). Catasauqua mill site is now Colonial Landscaping and Witts Tree Service.

Emanuel Slag mined slag from iron works throughout the valley
12/21/2018

Emanuel Slag mined slag from iron works throughout the valley

Which home is/was this in Catasauqua?
12/14/2018

Which home is/was this in Catasauqua?

11/18/2018

Today we joined the Lutheran Synod's Historical Committee for a walk through the Mansion District, sharing with them the history of our beautiful Mansion District and community. We are available for tours and visits to 8 Race by appointment.

Rare moment in history:  3 political parties on Catasauqua ballot in 1913
11/04/2018

Rare moment in history: 3 political parties on Catasauqua ballot in 1913

11/03/2018

Address: 429 Race St
Name: Walker’s Café/Butch's Place/Fossil’s Last Stand
Built: 1909
The house was built by local contractor Preston Kratzer for Burtis A and Elizabeth Laub. Burtis was the bookeeper for the newly built Lehigh National Bank at the corner of Front and Bridge. In 1908 he married Lizzie M Laub - both Laub families lived in Catty. Burtis continued to work at the bank as a teller until 1926*, but sold 429 Race to Mr and Mrs Henry P Ringer, who moved here from Mickley. The Ringers lived here until Mr Ringer's death in 1945 (he hung himself in a barn at age 76). Ringer supervised the operation of the Trojan Powder Co farms for 40 years.
Roland Walker, who ran the Hotel Walker at 426 Race, moved his business to 429 Race in 1947, He previously worked at the Bryden. Walker was active in the East End Fire Co and the 4-County Firemens Assoc. After Walker's Cafe closed in 1963, it bacame the Villa, T. J.’s, Butch’s Place, and, is currently Fossil’s Last Stand.
*The Laub's built a new home at 601 Third St and moved there ~1923. Burtis lost the home in 1926 along with his job when he was charged with bank fraud. After he was paroled, he and his wife moved to Hellertown where they ran the Park Hotel. They later retired to Linden St in Bethlehem. After Burtis died in 1951, Elizabeth sold some land they owned in Bethlehem: it would become the site of Muhlenberg Medical Center/Hospital in 1961.

11/03/2018

Happy Birthday, David Thomas, born Nov 3rd, 1794.

10/16/2018
Catasauqua Garden Club

Catasauqua Garden Club

The Goverrnor Wolf Historic Society (www,govwolf.org) will be hosting a Christmas Wreath Workshop on Nov 26th at 9am. All supplies provided. Bring clippers. Call 610 837-7078 to reserve a space. Cost is $25.

10/13/2018

What a great nite at Goveror Wolf Historical Society Tavern Night. Good music, wonderful atmosphere, great company (bring a group), relaxing, beautiful. Check it out for next month! $15 and BYOB and snacks.

10/12/2018

HCPA will be submitting 3 Wishes to the MCall Be An Angel Program. We have it narrowed down to 4. Anyone have any items they would like to contribute, so we can cross one off our list? 1) folding chairs to use for outdoor events 2) Gift cards to home stores to be used for garden/maintenance. 3) Dress forms or mannequins to display clothing. 4) Curios or bookshelves to display items upstairs.

10/07/2018

Thanks to everyone who came out for Fest O Fall. Hope everyone had a good time. And hugs and kisses to all the volunteers who make the festival possible.

Schedule for 2018 FOF activities
10/05/2018

Schedule for 2018 FOF activities

09/29/2018

The Heritage Keepers of the GLV have the following activities coming up yet in 2018 - Mark Your Calendars!
October 6/12- 5 PM Fest O’Fall HCPA
October 8/7 PM “Jack the Ripper” at the Little White Church PalmertonHS (PHS)
October 12/7-10 PM Tavern Night GWHS
October 17/7-8:30 Calendar Launch Party Event LTHS
October 20/10 AM WHPS/Craft Class at the Mill WHPS
October 20/ 10 AM “Businesses of the 2nd Ward" at Northampton Borough Hall NHHS
October 20 10 AM Catasauqua/Fogelsville RR Hike/Tour ALHS Headquarters
November 4/2-3pm The Lichtenwalner Family LMTHS
November 9/7 PM Tavern Nights GWHS
November 11/1-4 PM A Salute to Service WWI LTHS
November 11/2-3:30 PM Veterans Program LMTHS
November 12/7 PM “Mary Lincoln Todd” PHS
November 12/7PM-Tavern Night GWHS
November 26/9AM-Fresh Wreath Making Class-GWHS
November 28/ 7 PM Lehigh Valley Transit/Northampton Line WHPS
December 1/10AM-4PM – GWHS 38th Annual House Tour
December 1/9AM-4PM-GWHS - 1800’s Free Family History Christmas at GWHS
December 9/4-7PM Log House Open House LMTHS
December 9/7PM-Annual Candlelight Concert-Historic Troubadour Robert Mouland

Interested in a speaker for your group or event?  HCPA can present on the following topics:  Architecture, The Early Iro...
09/22/2018
Historic Walking Tours | History of Catasauqua

Interested in a speaker for your group or event? HCPA can present on the following topics: Architecture, The Early Iron Industry, The Ironmen of Catasauqua (Industrial HIstory), the Bryden Horseshoe Works, the Davies and Thomas Co, the Biery's Port Historic District, the Mansion District, or any neighborhood or building currently covered in our Walking Tour Histories http://www.history.catasauqua.org/historic-walking-tours. Call 610 231-0603, if interested.

Police Department 118 Bridge St. Catasauqua, PA 18032Non-Emergency Number P: 610.264.0577 F: 610.264.5819 E: [email protected]

Correction - Saturday, the 22nd:  This Saturday from 1-4, there will be a festival celebrating the 290TH Anniversary of ...
09/21/2018
Horner's Cemetery | Northampton County's Oldest Cemetery!

Correction - Saturday, the 22nd: This Saturday from 1-4, there will be a festival celebrating the 290TH Anniversary of the Craig Scots-Irish Settlement. It will be held at Horner's Cemetery, 4565 Nor-Bath Blvd (Rt 329) East Allen Township. This settlement extended into present day Catty. They likely built the mill at the corner of Lehigh and Race. The Armstrongs, who were part of the Craig Settlement, later sold their farm to Geo Taylor, where his country home still stands. The settlement was centered around present day Weaversville. Most of their lands were picked up by Germans who came here shortly afterward from the Palatinate region of southern German and who settled and farmed the area. http://www.hornerscemetery.org/horners/

Home Page Welcome To The Horner’s Cemetery Web Site   290th Anniversary Festival of the Craig’s Scotch-Irish Settlement Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 1 to 4pm We will have Food, Tours, Historical Reenactors, Raffles, Kids Activities, Antique Hearse Car Show, and Live Music. The Festival an...

CATASAUQUA
09/19/2018

CATASAUQUA

09/10/2018

SAVE THE DATE - SATURDAY, OCT 6TH - NOON TO 5PM. FEST O'FALL 2018 @ 8 RACE ST, THE DEILY COAL YARD, & THE GEO TAYLOR HOUSE.

09/01/2018

HCPA will be closed this Sunday, Labor Day weekend. Next Open House is Sept 16 from 1-4pm. Fest O'Fall is October 6th, noon-5pm.

The Ironmen of Catasauqua:  HCPA will present  a slide show on the early iron industrialists who made their homes and li...
08/17/2018

The Ironmen of Catasauqua: HCPA will present a slide show on the early iron industrialists who made their homes and livelihoods in Catasauqua. This is a repeat of a presentation made at the Whitehall Historical Society last fall. The presentation will be April 16th at the Library, 7pm

Northampton Area Historical Society
07/25/2018

Northampton Area Historical Society

Horner's Cemetery Historical Society would like to invite you to their 10th year Anniversary Festival on Sat. Sept. 22, 2018 at 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd Northampton, PA. Food and refreshments, Basket Raffles, Actors, Tours, and Kid's Activities. Free family event: Free Admission. and Free Parking. www.hornerscemetery.org

06/29/2018
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