Welcome to the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Protecting and preserving the historical integrity of the Knauss Homestead property...

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.

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Old Fashioned Christmas

We are excited for Old Fashion Christmas this year. 

On Friday December 6th from 6-8pm Sarajane Williams will be playing the harp for your listening pleasure while enjoying wine and cheese. Sarajane was taught by Dorothy Knauss, a descendant. 

The House will be decorated as it would have been in the period of the House built in 1777. Stroll the grounds and stop by the barn to see a horse carriage built in 1865 with a lighted Christmas Tree.

On Saturday the House will be open from noon to 4pm. Children will be able to make their own Christmas Tree ornament to the placed on the Children's Christmas Tree on the Emmaus Triangle Park at 4:30p. Come visit us. We would love to see you.

(translation:  Happy Holidays)

Montage Tracy KnaussPhoto Montage Courtesy of Tracy Knauss

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The Knauss homestead is located at


152 East Main Street (rear)

Emmaus, PA 18049