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Emmaus Moravian Church, founded 1747.

Emmaus (pronounced eh-MAY-us) is a borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is located five miles southwest of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

The population of Emmaus was 11,313 at the 2000 census. In 2007, Emmaus was listed as one of the top 100 "Best Places to Live" in the United States by Money magazine.[1]



Borough of Emmaus
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lehigh
Elevation 436 ft (132.9 m)
Coordinates 40°32′13″N 75°29′45″W / 40.53694°N 75.49583°W / 40.53694; -75.49583
Area 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 - land 2.9 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 11,313 (2000)
Density 3,918.8 /sq mi (1,513.1 /km2)
Established 1759
Mayor Winfield Iobst
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610 & 484
Location of Emmaus in Lehigh County
Location of Emmaus in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.borough.emmaus.pa.us/

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), all land, though parts of the Little Lehigh Creek, a tributary of the Lehigh River, flow just outside of the Emmaus border with Salisbury Township. Emmaus borders South Mountain, a large mountain range. The town's elevation is 436-feet-above-sea level.

Emmaus is located at: 40°32′13″N 75°29′45″W / 40.53694°N 75.49583°W / 40.53694; -75.49583 (40.536997, -75.495776).[2]



Emmaus is accessible by two Lehigh County highways, Cedar Crest Boulevard, located on the borough's west-side, and Lehigh Street, which is located on the borough's east-side and connects Emmaus with Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Both highways have junctions with Interstate 78, which spans from Harrisburg in the west to the Holland Tunnel and New York City in the east.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,313 people, 4,985 households, and 3,155 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,918.8 people per square mile (1,511.4/km²). There were 5,186 housing units at an average density of 1,796.4/sq mi (692.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.89% White, 0.70% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 4,985 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there are 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $44,181, and the median income for a family was $54,120. Males had a median income of $38,659 versus $25,331 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,245. About 2.2% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.



Emmaus was settled in the 1740s and dates its founding to 1759. For approximately 100 years, until the mid-19th century, it was a closed community of the Moravian Church. The original land on which the town now lies was donated by Sebastian Heinrich Knauss and Jacob Ehrenhardt for use by the Moravian church. The founders and original residents of the town were members of the Lutheran and Reformed faiths, who joined the Moravian church when their own denominations were unable to provide ministers. Emmaus was one of the three leading Moravian communities in the northeast United States at the time of its founding.

Origin and spelling of name

The borough was named for the biblical village of Emmaus (now within modern Israel), where, according to the New Testament, Jesus was seen by disciples following his crucifixion and resurrection.

From its founding in 1759 until 1830, the settlement's name was spelled Emmaus. From 1830 until 1938, however, the community used the Pennsylvania Dutch spelling of the name, Emaus, to reflect local language and the significant presence of Pennsylvania Dutch. In 1938, after petitions circulated by the local Rotary Club, the borough formally changed the name's spelling back to Emmaus, reflecting the spelling in the Gospel of Luke in the English New Testament.

19th century

Iron ore was discovered nearby in the 19th century and served as a source of industrial growth for much of the 19th century and 1900s. In 1859, the East Pennsylvania Railroad (later part of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad) brought trains to Emmaus. That same year, the town was incorporated into a borough. In 1869, the town's first blast furnace opened. The largest iron company was Donaldson Iron Company, which made cast iron pipes and other products until the company closed in 1943. During the 19th century, Emmaus was also a center of silk and cigar manufacturing.

Population trends

In 1940, public census statistics showed that 6,731 people lived in Emmaus. The population of the borough has since nearly doubled to 11,313, as of the 2000 census. Housing construction has reached the borough line in all directions, so significant continued population growth in the borough is unlikely. Outside the borough line, however, the local population continues to grow, particularly in neighboring Lower Macungie Township.

Historical sites

Emmaus is home to several residences and other properties that were constructed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and have been labeled historic sites by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Under historical preservation Commonwealth laws, the sites are protected from commercial and other development expansion in the borough.

Industry and commerce

Emmaus is the global headquarters of Rodale Press, one of the world's largest publishers of health-related books and magazines, including Men's Health, Prevention, and Runner's World magazines. Buckeye Pipe Line, a United States petroleum distributor, also is headquartered between Emmaus and Macungie.

Emmaus is also home of Shangy's, one of the nation's largest beer distributors, featuring over 3,000 domestic and import beer brands. Shangy's attracts thousands of beer enthusiasts from around the nation each year.

Yocco's Hot Dogs, the Lehigh Valley-based fast food establishment known for their regionally-famous hot dogs and cheesesteaks, also has one of its six Lehigh Valley restaurants located just west of Emmaus, on Chestnut Street near Buckeye Road in Upper Milford Township. Opened in the 1980s, the Emmaus Yocco's is known as Yocco's South. Yocco's also maintains its corporate headquarters in Emmaus.

The largest major shopping mall in the Emmaus area is South Mall, located on Lehigh Street on Emmaus' border with Salisbury Township and Allentown. South Mall is one of four major shopping malls in Allentown and its immediate suburbs.

The Emmaus Arts Commission hosts art and film events in Emmaus, including "Art in the Garden," "Emmaus Art Walk," the "Student Horror Film Festival," and others. Emmaus also hosts an annual Halloween parade each October, which is among the largest in eastern Pennsylvania.

Public education

Emmaus is served educationally by the East Penn School District, a public school district that accommodates kindergarten through 12th grade.

The district has one high school, Emmaus High School (for grades nine through 12), two middle schools, Eyer Middle School and Lower Macungie Middle School (for grades six through eight), and six elementary schools (for kindergarten through fifth grade), Alburtis Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Macungie Elementary School, Shoemaker Elementary School, and Wescosville Elementary School. The school district plans to open a seventh elementary school, Willow Lane Elementary School, in September 2010.


Emmaus is governed under a council/mayor system, with the Borough Council retaining the vast majority of governmental authority. After the 2007 municipal election, the borough government includes:

Borough council

  • Mike Waddell - President
  • R. Erick Reinhard
  • Wesley Barrett
  • Nate Brown
  • Lee Gilbert
  • Brian Holtzhafer
  • Brent Labenberg


  • Winfield Iobst

Borough Manager

  • Craig Neely

Water privatization controversy

On July 5, 2005, the Emmaus Borough Council voted in a 3-2 vote to authorize its Water Committee to work with the borough's consultant to draft an agreement of sale for its water system. Citizens had been especially concerned that if the borough chose to follow the consultant's advice to "monetize the system," that the system would be sold to a multinational corporation, as was an increasing trend throughout the region. Many Emmaus residents organized themselves under the group EFLOW ("Emmaus for Locally Owned Water"), and through a combination of letter-writing, petitioning and public comment at council meetings, in early September 2005 the council voted to take water privatization off the table of options. This controversy garnered regional and national attention, with anti-privatization non-profits such as Public Citizen noting the debate and outcome[4].


  1. ^ Emmaus, Pennsylvania at "Best Places to Live," Money magazine, 2007.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "Victory in Emmaus," Public Citizen

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Emmaus is a borough in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is located five miles southwest of Allentown, the state's third largest city, after Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In 2007, Money magazine listed Emmaus as one of the top 100 "Best Places to Live" in the U.S.

Get around

There is public transportation, the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA) bus, that can take you from Emmaus to Allentown and the greater Lehigh Valley area. [1].

Private bus lines, including Carl Bieber Tourways, provide daily roundtrip bus service between the Emmaus area and New York City, Philadelphia and several New Jersey beach locations.

Another great way of getting around Emmaus is renting a car.

Easy access to Emmaus is available via PA 309/Interstate 78 exits 55, 57 and 58.

  • Exit 55 is PA 29 (Cedar Crest Boulevard). Southbound will take you to just west of downtown.
  • Exit 57 is Lehigh Street. Southbound will take you onto Chestnut Street and into downtown. It also provides access to downtown Allentown to the north.
  • Exit 58 is Emaus Avenue. You are forced to go southbound anyway. This is just an easier parallel of Lehigh Street, but is only available to westbound 78 travelers.
  • Rodale Press is on Minor Street in Emmaus. Rodale publishes some of the nation's most widely-read health and activity magazines, including Men's Health, Prevention, Bicycling, among others. It also one of the nation's most prominent publishers of health-related books. Titles include the 2003 best-seller, The South Beach Diet.[2].
  • Shangy's is a famous beer distributor located on Main Street in Emmaus and one of the largest beer distributors on the East Coast. It advertises itself as having the largest number of beer brands from all over the world of any distributor in the nation. Shangy's attracts beer enthusiasts from around the nation, especially those looking for hard to find domestic or international beers.
  • Historic sites all throughout Emmaus. There's the Shelter House (610 S. Fourth St., 610-965-9258)[3], the Emmaus Historical Society Museum (563 Chestnut St., 610-966-6591)[4], the 1803 House (55 S. Keystone St.)[5], the Knauss Homestead (164 E. Main St., 610-965-9080)[6], and the Emmaus Moravian Church (Keystone & Main Streets, 610-965-6067)[7]

For more things to experience around Emmaus and Lehigh Valley, visit the Allentown, Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) or Easton pages.

  • Every February, Snowblast Winter Festival[8]
  • Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Faschnacht & Forsythia Festival. Celebrating faschnachts (Pennsylvania Dutch donuts) and Emmaus' flower, the Forsythia by crowning the King Faschnact and Queen Forsythia and knighting the Defender of the Faschnact (great fun!)
  • Every April, Patriot's Day Dinner[9]
  • Last Monday in May, the Memorial Day Parade[10]
  • Every June, Art in the Garden[11]
  • Every July, Annual Clay Shoot
  • Every September, Wildlife Art Festival[12] and Community Heroes Day[13]
  • Saturday after Labor Day, Emmaus Heritage Day with crafters, food and beverage, live entertainment, activities, historic site tours, and free trolley rides
  • Weekend after Labor Day, Memory Day Craft Show[14]
  • Every October, Student Horror Film Contest & Festival[15]
  • Third Saturday in October, the Emmaus Halloween Parade takes place in Emmaus. It is one of the largest parades in the Lehigh Valley, typically drawing thousands from around the Valley. The Emmaus Lions Club is a primary parade sponsor. For more information on the Emmaus Lions Club, visit: [16].
  • First Saturday in December, Old Fashioned Christmas with horse and buggy rides, contests, strolling carolers, a tree lighting ceremony, and Santa comes to town.
  • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in South Whitehall Township, by Emmaus, is one of the premiere amusement and water parks in the nation, known especially for its elaborate rollercoasters and large waterpark.[17].
  • Emmaus Community Park is one of the many parks around the area. There is a pool open during the summer months. There are also fields to play baseball, softball, and soccer, and courts to play volleyball and basketball. There is also a walking trail. During the summer months, there are concerts in the park. [18]
  • Emmaus High School athletics. Located in Emmaus, Emmaus High School is one of several large Lehigh Valley high schools that competes athletically in the Lehigh Valley Conference, widely considered one of the most competitive athletic divisions in the United States. Emmaus High School athletic events typically draw large crowds, especially in football, boys and girls basketball, girls field hockey and wrestling. The school is widely known for its exceptional girls field hockey and boys and girls swimming and diving teams, both among the nation's best.
  • Indian Creek Golf Course. 18-hole Emmaus golf course.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The AAA-level minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies plays in Coca-Cola Park in neighboring Allentown. Tickets: (610) 841-PIGS.[19].
  • Philadelphia Eagles. The Philadelphia Eagles hold their twice-a-day summer training camp practices each July and August at Lehigh University in neighboring Bethlehem.[20]. Attendance is free.
  • South Mountain is a perfect place to enjoy a hike or to go for a ride on a mountain bicycle.
  • Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, 610-965-4397, [21]. Non-profit organization that puts together outdoor adventures, whether they be hiking and biking, canoeing, creeking.  edit
  • Within 10 miles of Emmaus. you'll find the Allentown Art Museum, America on Wheels museum, Civic Theatre, DaVinci Science Center, the Museum of Indian Culture (these and more found on the Allentown page), the Banana Factory, Burnside Plantation, Sands Casino (these and more found on the Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) page), the Crayola Factory, the National Canal Museum and the State Theatre (these and more found on the Easton page).  edit
  • The Emmaus Farmer's Market is held every Sunday from 10AM-2PM and is a great place to meet the locals and enjoy organic produce.[22]
  • The South Mall[23] is in the Emmaus area, which has stores such as Bon-Ton, Victoria's Secret, EB Games, etc.
  • There are other specialty stores located on Main Street in Emmaus, and they sometimes hold weekend street sales. Some of them are: Emmaus Jewelry Shop, The Finish Line Running Store, The Emmaus General store, Kim's Kountry Kreations. You'll also find a bunch of consignment shops, including Once Upon A Time (a children's consignment store) and Out of our Hands (local artisans; 244 Main St., 610-965-4806[24]).

For more places to shop around Emmaus and Lehigh Valley, visit the Allentown, Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) or Easton pages.


There are many restaurants in Emmaus, including:

  • Armetta's, 301 Main St., Emmaus, (610) 967-3050. Regionally famous Italian restaurant and pizzaria, highly-popular with locals. Italian food, pizza, Philadelphia cheesesteaks. Offers inside and patio dining, pick-up and local delivery.[25].
  • Blimpie's Subs and Salads, 4002 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 967-0686. Subs, sandwiches and salads for inside dining or to go.[26].
  • Buckeye Tavern on Brookside, 3741 Brookside Rd., Macungie, (610) 966-4411. Restaurant and tavern constructed in 1735 during British colonialism. Family-owned since 1987 with two of Lehigh Valley's leading chefs. American cuisine. Upstairs party room. Indoor and outdoor bar. Also offers take-out service.[27].
  • Cafe 29, 1301 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 966-2999. Bistro.[28].
  • Cavaluzzo's Pasta Steak & Subs, 1328 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 965-8070.
  • Chestnut Street Deli, 1458 Chestnut St, 610-965-3663.  edit
  • Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, 620 State Ave., Emmaus, (610) 965-2771.[29].
  • Emmaus Bakery, 415 Chestnut St, 610-965-2170.  edit
  • Emmaus Diner, 1418 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 967-5877.
  • The Farmhouse, 1449 Chestnut St, 610-967-6225, [30]. $$$.  edit
  • Fiesta Olé, 1116 Chestnut St., Emmaus. Fresh Mexican food, but best known for their fried ice cream. Upbeat Latin music and bright colors.[31].
  • Hillstone Restaurant, State Road Main, Emmaus, (610) 965-5750. Restaurant and bar.
  • Joe's Pizza II, 578 Chestnut St, 610-966-1080.  edit
  • Lee Gribben's on Main, 2nd & Main Sts., Emmaus, (610) 967-4409. High-end dining establishment. Formal. Bar separate from restaurant. Exceptional food among the best in the Lehigh Valley.[32].
  • Lee's Hoagie House, 634 State Ave., Emmaus, (484) 232-6277. Hoagies, Philadelphia cheese steaks.
  • Lin's Garden, 339 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 965-9300. American food, steaks.
  • Lingnan Chinese Restaurant, 1328 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 965-8373. Chinese.
  • Mamma Mia Pizzeria, 1245 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 967-0600. Pizza. Free delivery.
  • Mas Cafe, 332 Main St., Emmaus, (610) 421-8308. Deli and coffee house. Closed on Mondays. Free WiFi connection. Large selection of domestic and international coffees. Open microphone every Thursday evening from 7PM to 10PM.[33].
  • Mercantile Club, 427 Railroad St., Emmaus, (610) 965-3871. Private club founded in early 1900s and open only to members and their guests. Affordable meals and drinks. Daily entree specials. Various music entertainment and club events.[34].
  • Palace of India, 302 Main St., Emmaus, (610) 965-0466. Emmaus's only Indian restaurant.
  • Perk on Main, 228 Main St., Emmaus, (610) 966-0203. Independent coffeehouse.[35].
  • Pickle's Steak House, 3941 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 966-1986. Steak house. The name comes from the fact that they serve pickles on the table in place of bread.
  • Pizza World, 4030 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 966-8222. Pizza.
  • Rossi's Pizza & Italian, 606 State Avenue, Emmaus, (610) 967-6050. Italian, pizza and other entrees.
  • Superior Restaurant, State Road & Main Streets, Emmaus, (610) 965-5750. Diner.
  • Sweet Memories, 180 Main St, 610-967-0296.  edit
  • Traub's Doggie, 251 Main St., Emmaus, (610) 967-5003, a small but well-known hot dog establishment next to Armetta's.
  • Trivet, 4102 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 965-2838. Diner.
  • True Blue Coffeehouse and Bakery, 1301 Chestnut St. Emmaus, (610) 966-8555. Variety of coffees, lattes and bakery items.
  • Vera Cruz Cafe & Market, 3851 Main St. East, Emmaus, (610) 965-0772.
  • Volpe's Sports Bar, 501 Broad St., Emmaus, (610) 965-0311. Recently renovated sports bar with broad food and beer selections. Several large rooms, including the bar area. Formerly known as the Broad Street Saloon, it is still among the top places to go in Emmaus for affordable drinks, food and televised sports.
  • Wally's Deli, 1245 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 967-1347.
  • Yocco's South, 4042 Chestnut St., Emmaus, (610) 967-5555. The Emmaus location is one of six Lehigh Valley Yocco's establishments. Widely considered among the best hot dogs in the nation. Dine-in, take-out or drive-through service. Yocco's also does mail delivery to those not in the immediate Lehigh Valley area.[36].

For more places to eat around Emmaus and Lehigh Valley, visit the Allentown, Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) or Easton pages.

  • Armetta's, 301 Main Street, Emmaus, (610) 967-3050. Separate bar with a friendly drinking atmosphere. Beer specials. Outside patio bar open during summer.
  • Commix, 3245 Emaus Ave., Emmaus, (610) 797-9711. Historical but informal bar and restaurant on first floor of Revolutionary War-era hotel.
  • The Pub on Main, 102 E. Main St., Macungie, (610) 966-2275. Live bands every Saturday night. Also has weekly ladies night (Thursday nights), DJs, and karaoke nights (Friday nights). Daily drink specials and $2 beer drafts. Has clubs for both the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL Sunday Ticket games available during football season.[37].
  • Volpe's Sports Bar, 501 Broad St., Emmaus, (610) 965-0311. Recently renovated sports bar with over 10 large screen plasma televisions, including all out of town games. Broad food and beer selections. Several large rooms, including the bar area. Formerly known as the Broad Street Saloon, it is still among the top places to go in Emmaus for affordable drinks, beer and televised sports.


There are no hotels in Emmaus, but there are a handful nearby. Check out the listings on the Allentown page.

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