The Moravian Historical Society has announced plans to enhance its Ephrata Tract in Nazareth—creating an outdoor space for community events and renovating two structures built in the 1700s.Repairs will be made to the roof of the Gray Cottage, built in 1740. Also, a new entrance compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act will be installed at the Whitefield House, built in 1740-43.
Goals also include recreating the "first house" of Nazareth and a band shell for music performances and other public presentations, according to a release.
"We will significantly enhance the beauty of this historic property while increasing its value and appeal to the community," said the Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood, president of the society’s Board of Managers, in the release. "We are fortunate to be able to make this contribution to our good neighbors here in Nazareth and beyond."
Also as part of the project, two aging rental properties in a corner of the tract will be removed. The properties will be offered for sale to a buyer who wants to relocate them.
Project funding will come from the society’s endowments, fundraising, and grants.
For information on sponsorship or donation opportunities, contact the society at 610-759-5070 or email@example.com.
The Moravian Historical Society maintains a collection of more than 10,000 objects, books, paintings and other materials focusing on Moravian history, art, culture, music, and people. Its collection includes the earliest-known violin made in the American colonies, a 1776 pipe organ and rare first editions of books by John Amos Comenius.