Welcome to the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

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.

Homestead Happenings! #Spring 2017

Greetings from The Knauss Homestead Preservation Society!

Thank you again for your continued support and membership with The Knauss Homestead. 

We will be sending out seasonal newsletters to keep you informed and up to date with any and all things related to the Homestead. 

April 28th, 2017

Hello Members!

The Annual Meeting of The Knauss Homestead Preservation Society is Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7 PM in the Emmaus Moravian Church, 146 East Main Street, Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

The agenda for the meeting is below for your review. Also we ask that you review the attachments of the old Bylaws and the new proposed Bylaws for approval.

Please RSVP your attendance by either email at maryelleniobst@gmail.com (Secretary) or by phone at 610-391- 0000.

We look forward to sharing out success and future goals with you.

Gene Clock

Montage Tracy KnaussPhoto Montage Courtesy of Tracy Knauss

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The Knauss homestead is located at


164 East Main Street (rear)

Emmaus, PA 18049