Introduction to Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Emmaus, Pennsylvania is 4 miles S of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 44 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is in Lehigh county. The town is part of the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metro area.
The community of Emmaus was settled in the 1740s, and officially founded in 1759. Until the mid-1800s, it was a closed Moravian community, and all the residents were members of the Moravian church. The place was named after the biblical village of Emmaus, which is now within the territory of Israel. However, the original name of the community was "Emaus," which was formally changed to "Emmaus" in the 1950s. During the 19th century, iron ore was discovered, which stimulated major industrial development. The East Pennsylvania Railroad entered in 1859, and Emmaus was officially incorporated in the same year. From the mid-19th to mid-20th century, the town was known as a producer of cast iron pipes, silk, and cigars.
Emmaus and Nearby Attractions
- Lehigh County Museum
- George Taylor House
- Allentown Art Museum
- Pool Wildlife Sanctuary
- Nockamixon State Park
- Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Things To Do In Emmaus
Historic Bethlehem, located near the town, includes the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, the Colonial Industrial Quarter, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 1810 Goundie House, and the Burnside Plantation. George Taylor House, Daniel Boone Homestead, and Pearl S. Buck House are some of the historic sites in the area. Emmaus is home to several parks and recreational areas like the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus Community Park, and Boroline Park. Here people can enjoy various activities such as hiking, swimming, and picnicking. Exhibits in the Lehigh County Museum, Moravian Museum, Lock Ridge Furnace Museum, Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, and Allentown Art Museum reflect the area's heritage.
Air transportation is available from the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Emmaus Higher Education
Colleges near Emmaus are Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Lehigh University, and Cedar Crest College.