Who was Henry Antes?

Henry Antes was among the greatest master-builders of the early colonial period and was responsible for the construction of many of the early Moravian buildings and mills in Bethlehem. He is also considered to be one of the most important religious/political leaders in the middle colonies in the 18th century.


What is the Antes House?

The Henry Antes House, located in the township of Upper Frederick, Pennsylvania, is the Historic House Museum of the the Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc. The house is being preserved and restored to the period of Antes' lifetime as a living history museum. Designed and built by Henry Antes in 1736, this massive stone building is an excellent example of Germanic settlement houses. Two and one half centuries after its construction, the building is remarkably well preserved. With its steep roof containing two floors in the attic, three room floor plan and massive internal fireplace, this pre-1760's house preserves rare evidence of early cultural traditions in the settlement of the colonies. The house was also the site of frequent evangelical and political meetings held to promote understanding among colonists of different religion, culture and race. The Moravian school established here is recognized as one of the first interracial nonsectarian schools in the state of Pennsylvania.


Why is the Antes House notable?

The Henry Antes House was designated a National Historic Landmark on April 27, 1992. It has the unusual distinction of recognition in two categories; as an important building type and for its association with Henry Antes, one of the most important, yet unrecognized men of the 18th century. The Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc., have created this living history museum to interpret the lifestyle and tradition of a prosperous mid-18th century farmstead. The house is notable for its remarkable state of preservation and contains many unusual and unique features.



How can I tour the Antes House?

Special tours can be scheduled upon request. 

To make arrangements, call Red Men's Hall at 215-234-8953, or e-mail



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