1803 House in Emmaus, PA

1803 House in Emmaus, PA The 1803 House is a colonial house built in the year 1803 in Emmaus, PA.

The 1803 House was built by Jacob Ehrenhardt Jr. the son of one of the founders of Emmaus. This house is preserved and maintained by the "Friends of the 1803 House" and is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places.

Mission: To help preserve and maintain the 1803 House as a museum for the community of Emmaus.

Lehigh Valley Passport to History
04/06/2020

Lehigh Valley Passport to History

Use your *Passport to History* to explore some wonderful sites in the Lehigh Valley!

This week, we visit the 1803 House in Emmaus, PA!

The House is located on South Keystone Avenue and is one of the oldest structures in Emmaus. It serves as a museum to show visitors what the early days in the borough were like.

The home was built by Jacob Ehrenhardt, Jr., son of one of the founding fathers of Emmaus. Born in 1760, he was one of the village's 12 Revolutionary War veterans.

He took up the trade of shoemaker, and he and his wife, Susanna, raised their four daughters in the house.

Happy Holidays from the "Friends of the 1803 House"!
12/24/2019

Happy Holidays from the "Friends of the 1803 House"!

All ready for the "Old Fashioned Christmas at the 1803 House" tomorrow from noon to 4:00pm.  Wreaths, homemade ornaments...
12/06/2019

All ready for the "Old Fashioned Christmas at the 1803 House" tomorrow from noon to 4:00pm. Wreaths, homemade ornaments and church babies for sale. Plus, a decorated colonial Christmas tree, holiday treats, tours and so much more!

South Mountain Cycle & Café
09/23/2019

South Mountain Cycle & Café

1803 House in Emmaus, PA we had a great time. Thanks for another great event! Thanks Funk Brewing Company & Licensed 2 Grill

The work has begun on the windows of the 1803 House!  Thank you to all of our supporters and sponsors who have made this...
08/21/2019

The work has begun on the windows of the 1803 House! Thank you to all of our supporters and sponsors who have made this a reality. Check the 1803 House website at www.1803house.org. #PreservationHappensHere

#PreservationHappensHere The 1803 House in Emmaus, PA, has a very interesting project going on. Check out more photos at...
08/21/2019

#PreservationHappensHere The 1803 House in Emmaus, PA, has a very interesting project going on. Check out more photos at www.1803house.org

The Borough of Emmaus, the Emmaus Arts Commission and the Emmaus Fire Department have come together in partnership creat...
08/21/2019

The Borough of Emmaus, the Emmaus Arts Commission and the Emmaus Fire Department have come together in partnership creating the “Emmaus Paint-A-Hydrant Program.” 10 fire hydrants were prepared for artists to paint them. The 1803 House was honored to find out that one of the artists was including a painting of the 1803 House. Her name is Lindsay Fujita. She has been a Moravian her whole life and a Kindergarten teacher for over 10 years. Lindsay was inspired to paint something to represent the history of the Moravians and showcase the 1803 House as one of their historic sites. This fire hydrant is perfectly situated for her inspiration as it is located across from the Moravian Church and in front of the home of the future builder of the 1803 House. Go to the 1803 House website [https://www.1803house.org] to view the East Penn Press article and more pictures.

1803 House in Emmaus, PA
07/23/2019

1803 House in Emmaus, PA

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04/30/2019

1803 House in Emmaus, PA's cover photo

1803 House in Emmaus, PA
04/30/2019

1803 House in Emmaus, PA

The Daily Antiquarian
04/29/2019

The Daily Antiquarian

The 1803 House

The induction of the very first Lehigh Valley Passport to History Day took us to Emmaus, PA and the 1803 House. This Federal style home was built by Jacob Ehernhardt, Jr. on a portion of his father’s farm at the base of South Mountain. Jacob lived in this house with his wife Susanna and his family of four daughters, Barbara, Anna Marie, Anna Eleonora and Susanna.

The land was originally granted to Jacob Ehrenhardt Sr. and William Penn by King Charles ll of England. Jacob Sr., being attracted to the Moravian faith, along with Sebastian Knauss decided to donate approximately 100 acres of land to the Bethlehem Moravian Church to establish a settlement in what is now known as Emmaus, PA.

Jacob Jr. lived the strict tenets of his Moravian faith until the age of 22 in 1782 when he joined the Northampton County Militia of the Continental Army to serve in the Revolutionary War. The Moravians did not believe in taking up arms and therefore excommunicated Jacob Jr. from the congregation of Emmaus. Upon his arrival home after the war ended in 1783, Jacob Jr. was accepted back into the Moravian congregation of Emmaus and ultimately buried at death in God’s Acre, the settlement’s cemetery.

The Ehrenhardts, being of German descent, incorporated many Germanic elements into their house such as the use of local field stone, finely carved wooden doorway entrances, brick jack arches over the windows, fireplaces and a well crafted shutter system. The Ehrenhardt’s were also influenced by the English customs that were already well established in the New World as seen in the spacious rooms of the 1803 House. The Georgian influence is seen in the two story structure built with a side through passage allowing access to the prominent spaces of the home. Also seen throughout the home is an abundance of Georgian molding. The house boasts two separate attic spaces, one possibly used as living quarters for servants. If you look closely you will see the tiny handprint of one of Jacob Jr,’s daughters.

An in-depth description of the interiors of each room in the house can be found at https://www.1803house.org

The 1803 House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Daily Antiquarian
04/29/2019

The Daily Antiquarian

The 1803 House

The induction of the very first Lehigh Valley Passport to History Day took us to Emmaus, PA and the 1803 House. This Federal style home was built by Jacob Ehernhardt, Jr. on a portion of his father’s farm at the base of South Mountain. Jacob lived in this house with his wife Susanna and his family of four daughters, Barbara, Anna Marie, Anna Eleonora and Susanna.

The land was originally granted to Jacob Ehrenhardt Sr. and William Penn by King Charles ll of England. Jacob Sr., being attracted to the Moravian faith, along with Sebastian Knauss decided to donate approximately 100 acres of land to the Bethlehem Moravian Church to establish a settlement in what is now known as Emmaus, PA.

Jacob Jr. lived the strict tenets of his Moravian faith until the age of 22 in 1782 when he joined the Northampton County Militia of the Continental Army to serve in the Revolutionary War. The Moravians did not believe in taking up arms and therefore excommunicated Jacob Jr. from the congregation of Emmaus. Upon his arrival home after the war ended in 1783, Jacob Jr. was accepted back into the Moravian congregation of Emmaus and ultimately buried at death in God’s Acre, the settlement’s cemetery.

The Ehrenhardts, being of German descent, incorporated many Germanic elements into their house such as the use of local field stone, finely carved wooden doorway entrances, brick jack arches over the windows, fireplaces and a well crafted shutter system. The Ehrenhardt’s were also influenced by the English customs that were already well established in the New World as seen in the spacious rooms of the 1803 House. The Georgian influence is seen in the two story structure built with a side through passage allowing access to the prominent spaces of the home. Also seen throughout the home is an abundance of Georgian molding. The house boasts two separate attic spaces, one possibly used as living quarters for servants. If you look closely you will see the tiny handprint of one of Jacob Jr,’s daughters.

An in-depth description of the interiors of each room in the house can be found at https://www.1803house.org

The 1803 House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Please “Share”, “Like” and “Follow” to pass on the history from The Daily Antiquarian.

The 1803 House and Dale Earnhardt, Jr...
11/02/2018
Why NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. Jr. was in Emmaus to look at a house

The 1803 House and Dale Earnhardt, Jr...

Retired NASCAR legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has been researching his family's genealogy for several years, gets an unexpected call that leads him to an old, preserved ancestral home in the borough of Emmaus, tended to by Richard Farmer.

A brick was dediated to Alan Hawman at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden for "Volunteer of the Year"!
10/25/2018

A brick was dediated to Alan Hawman at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden for "Volunteer of the Year"!

This past Sunday should have been called Funday at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden because it was certainly fun to install 12 bricks for good people and organizations. Bricks were installed for Bethel Bible FC, Moravian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, St. John's Lutheran Church, Justine and Edwin Litzenberger, Anthony Kollar, Volunteer of the Year Alan Hawman, and the Emmaus HS Class of 1968.

Still tickets left for Pies & Pints @ the 1803 House.  Don't want to miss the fun, so hurry up and get your ticket for t...
08/31/2018
Pies & Pints @ The 1803 House

Still tickets left for Pies & Pints @ the 1803 House. Don't want to miss the fun, so hurry up and get your ticket for this great party!

Happy 215th Birthday, 1803 House! Join us at the house for our fall fundraiser event! Switchback will be firing up the brick oven on the grounds of the house for all-you-can-eat pizza and salad as well as a sneak preview of their hard cider. Emmaus's own Funk Brewing Company will be providing the be...

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01/25/2018

1803 House in Emmaus, PA's cover photo

1803 House in Emmaus, PA
01/25/2018

1803 House in Emmaus, PA

Today, Friends of the 1803 House Inc., hosted our annual Old Fashioned Christmas event. We loved having visitors in the ...
12/09/2017

Today, Friends of the 1803 House Inc., hosted our annual Old Fashioned Christmas event. We loved having visitors in the house taking tours, and learning about daily activities of the time, with a holiday flare.

1803 House in Emmaus, PA
11/30/2017

1803 House in Emmaus, PA

1803 House in Emmaus, PA's cover photo
11/30/2017

1803 House in Emmaus, PA's cover photo

What a great day for A Very Merrie Halloween! Come on down to the 1803 House in Emmaus to visit our crafters, vendors an...
10/07/2017

What a great day for A Very Merrie Halloween! Come on down to the 1803 House in Emmaus to visit our crafters, vendors and demonstrators and take part in the activities we’re having throughout the day.

Emmaus Historical Society
09/21/2017

Emmaus Historical Society

We had a great time tonight at our monthly meeting and program! Thanks to everyone who came out, and to Marian Schneck, Vice President of the 1803 House in Emmaus, PA, for her wonderful presentation, "Stories About The 1803 House."

Delwin Fiddler, Jr.
09/08/2017

Delwin Fiddler, Jr.

1803 House board president Dick Farmer, board member, Rachel Cabellis and Delwin Fiddler discuss Merrie Halloween event on October 7th in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Delwin will be performing from 1-4 pm. Mark your calendars. 1803 House in Emmaus, PA

08/31/2017

Some more History Trivia...On August 31, 1803 Lewis and Clark started their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh PA at 11:00 in the morning. Also on that day, The Treaty of Hoe Buckintoopa was signed between the Choctaw (an American Indian tribe) and the United States Government. The treaty ceded about 853,760 acres of Choctaw land.

08/09/2017

On August 9, 1803 the first horses arrive in Hawaii. The horses were a gift for King Kamehameha, the founder and first ruler of Hawaii, from an American trader name Richard Cleveland of the American merchant-vessel Lelia Bryd. Also on August 9, 1803, Robert Fulton tests his steam paddle-boat on the River Seine, France.

07/14/2017

Guess what happened on July 12, 1803? Captain John Whistler was ordered, with his company, to go Chicago to occupy the post and build a fort which was to be called Fort Dearborn on the Chicago River. This fort was named in honor of Henry Dearborn who was the 5th US Secretary of War, an American Senior Officer, and a statesman. It was on the site of the present-day city of Chicago. The site of the fort is a Chicago Landmark and part of the Michigan–Wacker Historic District.

07/03/2017

On July 1, 1803, the Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.

06/21/2017

Happy 1st day of Summer!!!

1803 House in Emmaus, PA
06/21/2017

1803 House in Emmaus, PA

1803 House in Emmaus, PA's cover photo
06/21/2017

1803 House in Emmaus, PA's cover photo

05/25/2017

On May 25, 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson an American poet, essayist and philosopher was born. He is best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century. One of his essays showed that he believed that one can learn to understand reality by studying nature…

05/22/2017
1803 House in Emmaus, PA

1803 House in Emmaus, PA

On May 22, 1803, the 1st Public Library opens in Salisbury, Connecticut.

05/22/2017

On May 22, 1803, the 1st Public Library opens in Salisbury, Connecticut.

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55 South Keystone Avenue
Emmaus, PA
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All ready for the "Old Fashioned Christmas at the 1803 House" tomorrow from noon to 4:00pm. Wreaths, homemade ornaments and church babies for sale. Plus, a decorated colonial Christmas tree, holiday treats, tours and so much more!
Tickets are now on sale for Sips and Strings at the 1803 House...
Still some tickets left for Pies & Pints at the 1803 House...come join the fun!!!
We had some wreaths left over from the event and Wentz Hardware in Emmaus graciously offered to sell them for us. They are fresh wreaths decorated by the Friends of the 1803 House board members. Go check them out...