Who was Henry Antes?

Henry Antes was a master-builder of the early colonial period and was responsible for the construction of many of the early Moravian buildings and mills in Bethlehem. He was an important religious and political leader in Pennsylvania in the eighteenth century.


What is the Antes House?

The Henry Antes House, located in the township of Upper Frederick, Pennsylvania, is a National Historic Landmark owned and maintained by the Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc. The house has been 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 archicture. 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 central fireplace, the 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 religions, cultures and races. The Moravian school established here is recognized as one of the first interracial nonsectarian boys' schools in 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, an 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-eighteenth century plantation. The house is notable for its remarkable state of preservation and contains many unusual and unique features such as the massive central fireplace, the two-story attic and the liegender dachstuhl trusses.



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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