Gene Clock Former Rotarian and present President of the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society took a few moments to talk about the Knauss Homestead and where it is today.  Presently there is a board of like minded people trying to rehab the existing building and the barn.  What Gene explained in his presentation was any updating to the building had to be accomplished in a certain way because the building is listed on the Historical Registry.  Such as Painting the exterior has to be hand sanded and then can be hand painted.  No mechanical means can be used to clean the outside of the building.  Shutters need to be replaced which means wood shutters have to be manufactured to replicate the original shutters that were found on the building.  Gene went on to recognize the formidable task the society has in front of itself to complete some of the renovations to the home and the barn.  All in all the society needs about $150,000 to finalize the rehabilitation to the homestead.  I have placed the original deed to the property below to see what the tract would have looked like in the 1700's.  Today we get to enjoy the beautiful landscape which is dotted with the Emmaus Remembrance Garden which our club continues to enjoy taking care of once or twice a year.   Below is a chronological historical perspective of how the property was first settled until the late 20th century.  I do hope everyone enjoyed the presentation by Gene.  If you have a chance please stop by the Homestead and or the Emmaus Remembrance garden and enjoy the beauty Emmaus has to offer its residents and its guests. 


Heinrich Knauss built the log house behind the Superior Diner for his father, Sebastian Knauss in 1777. It remained in the Knauss family for 158 years, where seven generations of the family lived and worked.

Sebastian was one of the two men—the other being Jacob Ehrenhardt—who had given the Moravians a large tract of land to create their "congregational village," which they named Emmaus. For nearly 100 years, in order to live in Emmaus, residents had to be Moravians.

Today the homestead, which is open for tours by appointment only, is owned by the Borough of Emmaus, and operated by the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society.

The Remembrance Garden at the Knauss Homestead is a beautiful parcel of land set aside to offer sanctuary and tranquility to those who visit. Individuals are able to purchase personalized commemorative bricks to permanently record the memories of special people, things, or events in their families’ lives within the community.