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
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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.

LONGSWAMP TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY
06/03/2020
LONGSWAMP TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY

LONGSWAMP TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Longswamp Township Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, formed to preserve & collect the history of Longswamp Township within Berks County, Pennsylvania.

The George Taylor House
06/02/2020

The George Taylor House

Come see the George Taylor house soon!

Lehigh Valley Passport to History
06/01/2020

Lehigh Valley Passport to History

For our next stop on *Passport to History* we visit Horner Cemetery Historical Society!

Visit them on our website here - https://lvhistory.org/historic-sites/horners-cemetery-historical-society/

Horner’s is noted as being the oldest cemetery in Northampton County. The land Horner’s Cemetery lies on was part of Craig’s Scotch- Irish Settlement, a group of Ulster immigrants who arrived in Philadelphia and settled in Northampton County in 1728 – years before the Moravians settled in Nazareth and Bethlehem. While the newly settled community struggled to establish itself in the New World, a woman by the name of Jane Horner was struck in the head by a tomahawk, becoming the first woman killed during the French and Indian War, as well as the namesake for Horner Cemetery. The cemetery holds the remains of many founders and notable figures of Northampton County, including three generals, seven esquires, four doctors, three ministers, and at least 21 documented veterans of four wars.

150 Years ago (1870) in Catasauqua
05/29/2020

150 Years ago (1870) in Catasauqua

05/20/2020

Ray Holland passed away. He saved 8 Race St and donated it to HCPA. He saved so much LV history during his life. His generosity will be missed.

Lehigh Valley History
05/18/2020

Lehigh Valley History

An early 1900s postcard of the National Bank of Catasauqua PA It was organized in 1857. This building was erected in 1903 at Second and Bridge Streets, Catasauqua, PA. After several mergers through the years, the bank closed its doors in 2010, leaving Catasauqua without a bank.

47th Pennsylvania Volunteers
05/11/2020

47th Pennsylvania Volunteers

As #InternationalWomensDay winds down, #WomensHistoryMonth continues — and so do our posts honoring the wives, widows and daughters of the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Our next profile features the story of a truly remarkable woman — Annie (Weiser) Leisenring. Descended from the famed 18th century Pennsylvania diplomat, Conrad Weiser, she became a highly regarded factory inspector for the State of Pennsylvania during the late 1800s, and played a key role in ensuring that labor laws were enacted and enforced to keep underage children OUT of factories and IN school. (She also helped keep adult factory workers safe, too!)

https://47thpennsylvaniavolunteers.com/company-g/roster-company-g-47th-pennsylvania-volunteers/the-leisenring-family-leading-by-example/anna-weiser-leisenring-an-american-woman-who-was-so-much-more-than-just-a-civil-war-veterans-wife/

Sunday we lost our past and honorary board member, Bob LeFevre.  Bob loved painting Catasauqua and created the  art gall...
05/07/2020

Sunday we lost our past and honorary board member, Bob LeFevre. Bob loved painting Catasauqua and created the art gallery at 8 Race St. Rest in peace, Bob.

Lance Metz Obituary - Phillipsburg, PA | Morning Call
05/07/2020
Lance Metz Obituary - Phillipsburg, PA | Morning Call

Lance Metz Obituary - Phillipsburg, PA | Morning Call

Lance E. Metz 1947-2020 Noted Historian and Archivist of the Lehigh Valley Lance E. Metz, 72, of Allentown, PA, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Lehigh Center in Macungie, PA. He was born in P

05/06/2020

May 6th, 1920. The Catasauqua Park and Playground Assoc offerred 39 garden plots for those interested in cultivating them.

Lehigh Valley History
05/05/2020

Lehigh Valley History

A 1903 billhead of the Catasauqua Mills which produced high-grade flour. Pride of the Valley was its most popular brand. Mauser & Cressman operated the mill at Race and Canal streets along the Catasauqua Creek from 1896 until the flood of 1942.

HCPA.org has been a part of www.catasauqua.org for the last 4-5 years.  The borough is updating their website and HCPA's...
05/05/2020
Home | Borough of Catasauqua

HCPA.org has been a part of www.catasauqua.org for the last 4-5 years. The borough is updating their website and HCPA's history and org pages will remain part of the new website. However during the transition, no edits are possible. Message us with any corrections/additions, and the changes will be made when the site is open for edits. Work is delayed due to COVID19.
https://history.catasauqua.org/

Catasauqua Emergency Management page. The April 6, 2020 Borough Council Meeting was LIVESTREAMED. you can watch it here:   View interactive recording   Please note  the online transciption is not accurate.  The official minutes, when approved, will be the official record of the meetin...

Bridge St, c1901-1905  Prior to construction of bank (now acupunture)
05/02/2020

Bridge St, c1901-1905 Prior to construction of bank (now acupunture)

Joshua Hunt started working at the Crane in 1843, married David Thomas's daughter, and worked his way up to being supt o...
04/15/2020

Joshua Hunt started working at the Crane in 1843, married David Thomas's daughter, and worked his way up to being supt of the Crane. He built a home at the corner of Bridge and Second in 1858. The bank was later built on the lot. The picture shown mislabeled it as Hunter, rather than Hunt. The portrait is of Joshua Hunt. The map is from 1891. Read more about Joshua and his brother Joseph in the walking tour link - scroll down to the bank.
https://history.catasauqua.org/historic-walking-tours/historic-district-walking-tours/bridge-street/business-district-above-railroad-street

The 1918 apex arrives in the Lehigh Valley
04/14/2020
The 1918 apex arrives in the Lehigh Valley

The 1918 apex arrives in the Lehigh Valley

Latest in a series of posts on the coronavirus/Spanish Flu For perspective on our current coronavirus situation, we are following the entrance of the 1918 Spanish Influenza, that paragon of pandemi…

From the Crane Iron records now at the Canal Museum.  1860s
04/04/2020

From the Crane Iron records now at the Canal Museum. 1860s

Lehigh Valley History
04/03/2020

Lehigh Valley History

1949 photo of a Maxim Pumper for Southwark Hose Company No. 9, Catasauqua, PA. In 1873, the Crane Iron Co. purchased a steamer engine from the Philadelphia Southwark Hose Company No 9. The name stayed with the Catasauqua fire company.

04/02/2020

The presentation on the history of the Bryden at Whitehall scheduled for the end of April is postponed till June 24th.

03/17/2020

The LV Heritage Keepers quarterly mtg is postponed.

Thomas Frederick and Charles Beck came to Catasauqua from Whitehall in the 1850s and were both married to  'Catherine' B...
03/17/2020

Thomas Frederick and Charles Beck came to Catasauqua from Whitehall in the 1850s and were both married to 'Catherine' Bierys, the later a daughter of Solomon Biery who built the American Hotel (now Silver Manor). They established Frederick & Co in 1866 to make railway cars, wooden ones. Pictured is an invoice from Crane Iron records - note that the Crane Iron bought the cars from Frederick & Co and paid in pigiron! The company went out of business during the panic of 1873, and in 1879, the McKee Fuller Car Wheel Works (later Lehigh Car Wheel & Axle Co) purchased their plant as part of an expansion. The works were on the west bank of the river below the Race St Bridge in "Ferndale" (later changed to Fullerton).

At the Governor Wolf Academy in Bath this Friday
03/11/2020

At the Governor Wolf Academy in Bath this Friday

Lehigh Valley History
02/22/2020

Lehigh Valley History

Late 1880s photo of the covered bridge at the corner of Lehigh and Race Streets in Catasauqua, PA.

Lehigh Valley History
02/21/2020

Lehigh Valley History

Late 1880s photo of the covered bridge at the corner of Lehigh and Race Streets in Catasauqua, PA.

01/21/2020

Putting together programs for 2020: dates TBA. Rick Guth will present on George Taylor. We're putting together programs on corner stores, Edison, and Temperance in Catasauqua. Anyone who would like to help (or has info to contribute), please let us know. We'll hold the programs in the Library Auditorium. In April, we'll be presenting our program on the Bryden Horse Shoe Works for Whitehall's WHPS. If you missed the historic marker event 2 years ago, come to the mill in Whitehall 4/29, 7pm, to hear the history of the Bryden - did you know it started next to the Union Foundry at Pine and Railroad?
HCPA will be participating in the street fair in June.and the J4 reunion event.
Our volunteer Pete Ellis has been in the hospital. Get well, Pete!

Serene!
01/07/2020

Serene!

11/29/2019

Our Catty Cat Ts will be available for purchase on Shop Local Saturday at the Melvin Farm Market bldg (between Blondies and the Gas House Dance Hall) 8am - 3pm.

Saturday Dec 7th, 11am @ 8 Race St.  2nd annual "Paint a Cookie Plate for Santa".
11/23/2019

Saturday Dec 7th, 11am @ 8 Race St. 2nd annual "Paint a Cookie Plate for Santa".

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8 Race St
Catasauqua, PA
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Welcome! See Catasauqua’s History at http://www.history.catasauqua.org/ 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.

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I am looking for information on the old Mauser and Cressman flour mill formerly located on Race Street. I'm trying to pin down when the mill ceased to exist, and I’m also trying to find a photograph of the building for my research on the Mauser Company.
My daughter is in love with the pumpkin bread that we purchased from the bake sale. Would the person who made this be willing to share their recipe for this? We also really enjoyed the chocolate banana bread as well.
Location: West Catasauqua; Slatington; Whitehall; Hokendauqua; schnecksville; Allentown Surnames: PFAFF; ROCKEL; MILHEIM Industry: Unicorn Silk Mill FIRE!!! HEADLINE NEWS . . . “At 6:15 am, Thursday, 24 April 1890 the alarm was sounded . . . “many wounded” “A neighbor on Second Street said he saw the smoke issuing from the drying room at an earlier hour, but thought it nothing unusual . . . “ “The destruction of the Unicorn Silk Mill, the loss of of five lives and wounding many citizens will be long remembered by the peoples of Catasauqua with sadness and regret.” “The funeral of George Paff, one of the victims of the Catasauqua fire, took place Wednesday afternoon . . .”
Lehigh MPMS #:57433 Title:Lehigh Race St Intersection Improvement Type:Relocation/Realignment Est. Let Date:01/18/2018 Municipality:Catasauqua (Boro) Route:1004 Section:03S Exempt Code: Actual Let Date: A/Q Status:Significant Geographic Limits:Catasauqua Borough, Lehigh County Narrative: This project involves the extension of Second Street (State Route 1004) including a new alignment with a new structure over the Catasauqua Creek and connecting an upgraded intersection with Race Street. Substantial historical resource issues will be present on this project such as the required acquisition of a portion of the historic property associated with the George Taylor House, Catasauqua historic district designation and the Lehigh Canal in the Borough of Catasauqua, Lehigh County. Earmark PA ID#445 SAFETEA-LU $881,298
Casting Iron......
Can the society direct me to where I might find copy / access to the film made back in late 60s / early 70s called Catasauqua: The Million Dollar Town?