Autumn in the Victorian 4-Square Garden

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Thanks to Our Volunteers

The Saucon Valley Conservancy thanks the Moravian College students who showed up for Moravian’s Heritage Day on September 20th and put considerable effort and enthusiasm into sprucing up the Heller Homestead with a fall cleaning!

The students made the Homestead shine inside and out.

Thank you Moravian Hounds!

Community volunteers make ALL THE DIFFERENCE in keeping a heritage site like the Heller Homestead preserved and open to the public for educational, community, arts, and environmental events. Please consider joining our volunteers and, most important of all, becoming a contributing member of the Saucon Valley Conservancy.

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Record-Breaking Attendance at the 10th Annual Barn Tour

The 10th Annual Barn Tour, sponsored by Saucon Valley Conservancy, introduced a record number of attendees to eight historic barns or agricultural structures in the region. We exceeded our attendance records by almost 40%! The weather was cool and sunny–it was a perfect day for a drive through the Lower Saucon countryside. Thank you to the folks who purchased those tickets and helped to support preservation of the Heller Barn ruins.barn.arch.stabilized


A big thank you also goes out to the three founders of the barn tour, who were recognized formally in a presentation at the Barn Tour Dinner on September 8. SVC’s President, David Hausman, and Lower Saucon Township Manager Leslie Huhn presented acknowledgment awards to Priscilla deLeon, Greg Huber, and Bob “Barn” Ensminger–the people who first made the Barn Tour a reality.


Finally, SVC sends heartfelt thanks to the people “behind the scenes” of the Barn Tour: our members and volunteers who organized, publicized, and acted as docents for this year’s extremely successful event. It could not have happened without you!


If you would like to become a member of the Saucon Valley Conservancy, or are interested in volunteering–or if you want to be sure you never miss another SVC event–check out our website at



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This Week: 10th Annual Barn Tour!

The 10th Annual Barn Tour, 2017–sponsored by the Saucon Valley Conservancy–takes place rain or shine this Saturday, September 9.

If you do not have tickets, you can purchase them on the day of the event. Information can be found at:

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This year, the Barn Tour recognizes its first decade by honoring the people who made the Barn Tour a reality: Priscilla DeLeon, Greg Huber, and Bob Ensminger. To find out more about them–and to learn about our historic regional agricultural architecture–attend the 10th Annual Barn Tour, which provides an informative booklet as part of the attendance fee.

Please note that the Heller House and the Widow’s House, both located at Heller Homestead Park, will be open to the public on September 9th–whether you attend the Barn Tour or not, do stop by! The Saucon Valley Conservancy historians and Board members have created new signs about the homestead’s history and a timeline of the early Hellers’ arrival in Pennsylvania.

This event is not to be missed!10644341_1698438647064938_1084613845493679253_o

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Barns: Information and Events

barn tourSaucon Valley Conservancy is pleased to present the 10th Annual Barn Tour on September 9th, 2017 (for ticketing, click here).

One of our regional barn experts, Greg Huber, has written a new book on Pennsylvania barns, and here are some upcoming dates you may want to note.


First of all, meet Greg Huber and purchase a copy of his book, The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750-1900, at the 10th Annual SVC Barn Tour on September 9.

And take the tour–you will learn so much!


But if you miss the Barn Tour event, you can still catch up with Greg and get an autographed copy of his book at any of the following book tour events:

Sept. 20, Longswamp Historical Society’s Antiques Appraisal, Topton Volunteer Fire Company, Merztown PA (484) 509-9149

Sept. 21, Goschenhoppen Place at Redman’s Hall, 116 Gravel Pike, Green Lane, PA (215) 234-8953

Sept. 22, 7 pm, Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St., Easton, PA

Sept. 23, 1-3 pm, Moravian Bookstore, 428 Main St., Bethlehem, PA

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