Welcome to Historic Emmaus

Historic Emmaus is a cooperative effort of the three historical societies that exist to preserve the structures representing the founding of Emmaus. All three exist as they were originally built and convey an interesting evolution of German architectrural styles from the 18th and 19th centuries. The three, shown above, are the Shelter House, the Knauss Homestead and the 1803 House.


Emmaus was settled in the 1740s and dates its founding to 1759. For approximately 100 years, until the mid-19th century, it was a closed community of the Moravian Church. The original land on which the town now lies was donated by Sebastian Heinrich Knauss (Knauss Homestead) and Jacob Ehrenhardt (1803 House) for use by the Moravian church. The founders and original residents of the town were members of the Lutheran and Reformed faiths, who joined the Moravian church when their own denominations were unable to provide ministers. Emmaus was one of the four leading Moravian communities in the northeast United States at the time of its founding; Bethlehem, PA, Lititz, PA and Nazareth, PA were the three others.

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Historic Emmaus Announcements

Consolidated announcements from the members of Historic Emmaus.

Remembrance Garden Sunday, May 26th

Veterans Recognition Brick Laying Ceremony


Emmaus Founders' Day Saturday, July 27th

The Knauss Homestead and the 1803 House are partnering to sponsor the Emmaus Founders Day in honor of the Knauss and Ehrenhardt families, founders of Emmaus.


Shelter House Annual Membership Picnic

Saturday, August 17, 6:00pm
Pavilion at the Shelter House


Boozy Bingo Sunday, October 13th

Join us for our annual Boozy Bingo on October 13th at Fire Co. No. 1.  


Old Fashioned Christmas

Saturday, December 8, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Shelter House