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

Starting, Stopping, and Starting Again!

 
 
Starting, Stopping, and Starting Again! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., April 5, 2022
1. Starting, Stopping, and Starting Again! Marker
Inscription.  

"This house is in a most delightful situation, standing on a high hill, where you have a prospect over a large part of the country...There is a glorious walk, newly made, on the east side of the house with double rows of trees planted on each side, near half a mile long, through a large clear, open field for the children to play and exercise in for their health."
Dr. John Rockhill
upon visiting the Whitefield House, 1751

The Moravians began construction of the Whitefield House in 1740, but after a doctrinal dispute with George Whitefield, they were asked to leave. The group then established Bethlehem. Only one year later, financial difficulties forced Whitefield to sell Nazareth to the Moravians, and the Whitefield House was completed in 1743.

The first and second floors served as common, worship, and workshop spaces. The third story was a dormitory, the attic was for storage, and the basement held the kitchen and dining hall. The Whitefield House has housed Nazareth's first settlers, a girls' school, a children's nursery, French and Indian War refugees, the Moravian Theological
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Seminary, missionaries on furlough, and the Moravian Historical Society. In 1906, noted local architect A.W. Leh extended the building to provide additional rooms, electricity, plumbing, and heat. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The non-profit Moravian Historical Society (MHS), the third oldest historical society in Pennsylvania, was established in 1857 to share the story of the Moravian Church and its contributions to American history and culture.

[Photo captions, left and right, right]
• Whitefield House prior to the 1906 A.W. Leh extension. The Moravian Historical Society operates the building as well as the Gray Cottage and the Ephrata Tract.

• The Moravian Historical Society's exhibition spaces on the second floor of the Whitefield House in the early 1900s.
 
Erected by Moravian Historical Society, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, and PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1751.
 
Location. 40° 44.539′ N, 75° 18.417′ W. Marker is in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on Center Street (Pennsylvania
Starting, Stopping, and Starting Again! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., April 5, 2022
2. Starting, Stopping, and Starting Again! Marker
Whitefield House in background
Route 191) east of Whitefield Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 214 East Center Street, Nazareth PA 18064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter L. and Margaret M. Peters (a few steps from this marker); Site of the First House of Nazareth (a few steps from this marker); Whitefield House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Whitefield House (a few steps from this marker); Nazareth (a few steps from this marker); The Backwoods of Pennsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Whitefield House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Kraemer-Beck Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nazareth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Moravian Historical Society. (Submitted on April 6, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. George Whitefield Bio (PBS). (Submitted on April 6, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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