Bethlehem in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1782 / 1834
“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.
Topics. This historical marker Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings. A significant historical date for this entry is January 28, 1869.
Location. 40° 37.218′ N, 75° 22.997′ W. Marker is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in Lehigh County. Marker is in the Colonial 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bethlehem PA 18018, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Tannery (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethlehem.
Also see . . . Colonial Industrial Quarter. (Submitted on February 1, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 895 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 1, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on December 14, 2014. 5. submitted on February 1, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.