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Bethlehem in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Miller's House

1782 / 1834

 
 
Miller's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2009
1. Miller's House Marker
Inscription.
“Last night about 11 o-clock the alarm of fire was heard in our streets...It was occasioned by the discovery of fire in the old ‘Bethlehem Mill,’...A narrow escape of a sick lady was among the serious events of this memorable night...”
Bethlehem Daily Times
January 28, 1869

Prior to the early 1780s, the grist miller lived in rooms in the grist mill. In 1782, the Moravian Congregation authorized the building of a separate house (limestone portion). It contained a kitchen, one large room, and a cellar.

In 1834, a 1-½ story brick addition enlarged the structure for the miller and his family.

When the adjacent Luckenbach Mill caught fire on January 27, 1869, firemen were able to save the miller's house, as well as the nearby dye house. The miller's house remained a residence until the late 1970s.

[Photo caption on marker]
Miller's house (center of photograph) as it appeared in the 1870s.
 
Erected by Historic Bethlehem, HistoryWorks!, and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
 
Location. 40° 37.218′ N, 75° 22.997′ W. Marker is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Click for map. Marker is in the Colonial
Miller's House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2009
2. Miller's House and Marker
Viewing the south facade of the house.
Industrial Quarter of Historic Bethlehem, along the former Old York Road, immediately east of the Luckenbach Mill, and about 200 feet east of the old stone bridge over the Monocacy Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Bethlehem PA 18018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Luckenbach Mill (a few steps from this marker); Butchery (a few steps from this marker); Springhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Dye House (within shouting distance of this marker); Tawery (within shouting distance of this marker); First House of Moravian Settlement (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bark Shed (about 400 feet away); Smith Complex (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bethlehem.
 
Also see . . .  Colonial Industrial Quarter. (Submitted on February 1, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Miller's House West Facade image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2009
3. Miller's House West Facade
Hotel Bethlehem towers in the background.
<i>NORTH AND WEST ELEVATION - Grist Miller's House, 459 Old York Road, Bethlehem,…</i> image. Click for full size.
By Jack Boucher, February 1969
4. NORTH AND WEST ELEVATION - Grist Miller's House, 459 Old York Road, Bethlehem,…
Photo courtesy Historic American Buildings Survey.
Miller's House Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2009
5. Miller's House Photo on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on .   5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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