Nazareth Inn


Stock #: 749515
Type: Postcard
Era: White Border
City: Nazareth
State: Pennsylvania (PA)
County: Northampton
Postmark: 1935 Jan-4
PM City: Nazareth
PM State: Pennsylvania
Stamp: 1c
Size: 3.25" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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The Nazareth Inn, hostelry, started in 1771 and completed in 1772 is probably one of the oldest Inns from a historical viewpoint in the U.S.A. It was constructed by early Christian's Spring settlers and for the 509 days carpentering, felling and squaring timber, blocking up and laying floors these men received a total of four hundred and sixty-nine pounds, eighteen shillings and three pence, in Pennsylvania currency. It was on the 30th day of March 1772 that John Lischer, of Mennonite parentage, a native of Hilzhof, Margraviate of Wittgenstein, farmer, and Mary Catherine, m.n. Loesch, a daughter of George Loesch (a son of Balzar and Susan Phillppina Loesch) of Tulpechocken, his wife, were installed at the Inn, in the capacity of landlord and landlady. During these olden days two stage coaches left the Inn daily, one for Easton and the other for Bethlehem and it was here since 1785 that parents and visitors for the young gentlemen attending the famous Nazareth Hall would gather year after year on "Examination Day" to witness the contest for academic honors between their children or wards, found a temporary home, a clean bed, forsooth, and always a good dinner. Although the Inn has passed thru many changes since 1772, incident to Inns revolve acceptably around the patronage and favor of a fickle but discriminating public, the wide-spread reputation gained in the past has been retained to the present day. Chester P. Schmayer, Proprietor.

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