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Jacob Ehrenhardt Jr. House
Erenhardt House 1803 Emmaus PA.JPG
Jacob Ehrenhardt Jr. House, October 2012
Location 55 S. Keystone Ave., Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Area less than one acre
Built 1803
Architectural style Federal
NRHP reference No. 03001123
Added to NRHP November 7, 2003

The Jacob Ehrenhardt Jr. House, also known as the 1803 House, is a historic home located at Emmaus, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1803 for Jacob Ehrenhardt, Jr., a son of one of the town's founders.

History

Built in 1803, the Jacob Ehrenhardt Jr. House is a 2 1/2-story, fieldstone house with a Federal side-hall plan. It was built for Jacob Ehrenhardt, Jr. whose father, Jacob Ehrenhardt, Sr., had been one of the founders of Emmaus as a settlement of the Moravian Church in 1747. The home's original owner, Jacob Ehrenhardt Jr., was a member of the Northampton County militia in 1782, and served in the American Revolution. Expelled from the Moravian Church for serving in the military, he was later reaccepted into the church, and supported himself as a shoemaker, farmer and tavern keeper.

This historic house has a 1 1/2-story, rear kitchen wing, and features a slate-covered roof.

Occupied into the 1950s, it was restored in the 1980s. It is open as a historic house museum. Originally it had changed so that the toilet was near the old living room. A Rodale-funded restoration put furniture back in their correct rooms.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Present day usage

The house is open for tours by appointment by the Friends of 1803 House.

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