Visit the Shelter House

The Shelter House welcomes visitors interested in Colonial history. If you’re in the area or touring other historic sites, we’d love to see you.


The Shelter House is open for guided tours by appointment. Contact us or call 610-965-9258 to schedule your visit.


There is no cost to visit the Shelter House. That said, we rely 100% on memberships and donations to keep this historic treasure around for generations to come.

Location & Directions

The Shelter House is located at 601 South 4th Street in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Click here for Google Maps directions.

What You’ll See

The Shelter House is a remarkably preserved 18th Century dwelling. You’ll see period-accurate construction, craftsmanship, furnishings and household objects. Tours are provided by our on-site curator, who has had the unique experience of living in this piece of Colonial history for more than 40 years. A visit to the Shelter House is a true trip back in time, close to home.

Are school and scout groups welcome?

Of course! Education is a core mission of the Shelter House Society. Contact us or call 610-965-9258 to schedule your group’s visit.

I can’t visit. Can I still get involved?

Absolutely. Joining the Shelter House Society for as little as $10 ensures we can preserve this gem for future generations. You’ll receive numerous benefits in exchange for your tax-deductible contribution, including a subscription to The Hearthstone, Emmaus’ only print publication dedicated to local history.