Welcome to the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

The Knauss Homestead was constructed of logs in the style of German homes of that period.  It did not have electricity or indoor plumbing. The Knauss property was part of tracts of land (approximately 400 acres) bought by Sebastian H. Knauss, from the Honorable Thomas and Richard Penn, Esqs. the Proprietors and Governors in Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania, by patent or grant. These Records are on file in the office of the Department of Internal Affairs of Pennsylvania at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Later, a barn was built on the property.

Sebastian, along with Jacob Ehrenhardt Sr. donated property for the establishment of the Moravian community of Emmaus.  Hence, they could be justifiably considered the "Founders of Emmaus".

For a total of 158 years the Knauss House sheltered the descendants of Sebastian Heinrich Knauss - seven generations were born within its walls. Upon the death of Mary Ellen (Adrain) Knauss in 1931, widow of Herman Knauss, the house and surrounding thirty five acres were purchased at auction by Atty. Dewey Marcks.

Although the Marcks family installed electricity, heating and a kitchen, the house was never used by them as a permanent residence.  Upon the death of Mrs. Marcks in 1972, the house remained vacant for the next 20 years.

In 1992 the property was acquired from the Marcks estate by the Borough of Emmaus.

The Knauss Homestead is listed on the National Registry of Historical Landmarks.

Announcements and Events

Paint and Sip on Tuesday, September 12th

JOIN US FOR SOME FUN EVENTS! The first event will be a “Paint and Sip” on Tuesday September 12th at Paint. Creative Entertainment. located on Main Street in Emmaus. Painting starts at 7 PM. The event is $35 per person and this location is BYOB. Proceeds will go to preserving the Homestead and any necessary repairs needed.


Emmaus Heritage Festival on Sunday, September 24th

Do you know how much history Emmaus holds? A LOT! Visit the Emmaus Heritage Festival to learn more! The festival will be on Sunday September 24th from 10 AM to 2 PM on the grounds of the Emmaus Historical Society at 218 Main Street. There will be live music, crafts, food truck, games, storytelling and displays including The Knauss Homestead, The Historical Society, 1803 House, Emmaus Moravian Church, Emmaus Remembrance Garden and MORE!


Flapjacks and Sausage on Saturday, September 30th

Do you love flapjacks and sausage? Us too! Please join us on Saturday September 30th at the Applebee’s in Trexlertown, PA for our “Flapjack Fundraiser!” It is $7 per person which includes your breakfast and a drink. Officers, board of directors and Homestead members will be there to serve you from 8-10 AM!


BOOZY Bingo on Sunday, October 8th

BINGO!! Join us for a "Boozy Bingo" event at the Fire Co. #2 in Emmaus on October 8th. Doors open at 12:30, Bingo starts at 2 pm. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Includes 20 games of Bingo and prizes include wine, beer and liquor!

Montage Tracy KnaussPhoto Montage Courtesy of Tracy Knauss

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The Knauss homestead is located at


164 East Main Street (rear)

Emmaus, PA 18049