Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Goundie House


View this site that is believed to be the first brick residence in Bethlehem and the first private home to reflect the new architectural American Federal style.

About the Goundie House

The 1810 Goundie House, built by Moravian town brewer and businessman John Sebastian Goundie, is believed to be the first brick residence in Bethlehem and the first private home to reflect the new architectural American Federal style rather than the German Colonial style. Today, the Goundie House is a contributing property to the Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District.

A distinctive feature of the home is the beehive baking oven connected to the kitchen fireplace on the first floor that does not extend on the exterior of the building.

The house was saved from demolition in the 1970s by Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Martin who sat on the stoop to stop the wrecking ball. It has been restored to its 1810 appearance both on the exterior and interior.

1810 Goundie House Entrance ©Paul S. Bartholomew 0910017

In 2011, the garden was restored as a charming green space in the middle of the downtown. Today, this historic brick residence houses temporary exhibits that share the stories of Bethlehem’s past.

In 1832, Mr. Goundie built a connecting structure to his home as a dry goods store managed by his daughter and son-in-law, John Schropp. In 1852, Goundie sold the property to Louis Beckel, who enlarged the building adding a third floor and decorative elements in the 1880s.

In the mid 2000s, when Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites restored the façade and made interior renovations to the Schropp Shop, the original doorway between the Goundie House and the store was discovered and opened to allow visitors to walk between the spaces. In addition, the 1870s pressed tin ceiling was uncovered and restored.

What's Happening?

Marche Maison's Vintage Market

 Shop unique gifts, home decor, jewelry, vintage items, handmade and more!  The Goundie House is transformed each season by the current four resident vendors: Marche Maison, Cottage & Bloom and My 3 Girls.

Located within the
1810 Goundie House

Rooms to View House & Garden Tour

Explore some of the Lehigh Valley's most beautiful and unique gardens and homes. Tour modern estates and
historic homesteads, then end your day with wine and refreshments at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts.

June 7: Preview Soiree
June 8: House & Garden Tour

Plan Your Visit


View our 1810 Goundie House open hours.

*Please call 1-800-360-TOUR to schedule an appointment.

Take a step back in time and discover Historic Bethlehem with a Pass Into History.

Admission to the Goundie House is available through Pass Into History, an admission pass which lets you explore between two and five historic sites.


Thousands of people have walked these streets, farmed these lands, built these buildings and industries. Thousands of stories, thousands of lives to cherish.

Join a community of people who share our mission to preserve:

  • 20 historic structures
  • 60,000+ collections and artifacts
  • 3 centuries of rich history

Need Directions?

Start your visit by stopping by our Visitor Center.

Order your tour tickets, gather information, and shop in the museum store!

Get your Insiders Guide!

Original Cover Historic Moravian Bethlehem Book

Everything you need you know about the
Goundie House and more!

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