In 1968, after serving as the first brick residence in Bethlehem and countless purposes for the Bethlehem community, the 1810 Goundie House was slated for demolition. While walking down Main Street, Christine Sims, a local citizen, saw the trucks preparing to knock the building down.
“I ran across the street, up the steps, and put my arms out. I said ‘What are you going to do?’
They said ‘We are going to bring it down.’ I said ‘I won’t move.’”
Mrs. Sims was joined by her friend Frances Martin, whose husband was the chairman of Bethlehem Steel, and together they not only prevented the demolition of the 1810 Goundie House but managed to raise the $22,000 necessary to purchase the property for Historic Bethlehem. Today, the 1810 Goundie House stands proudly on Main Street thanks to the brave actions of these two women and thousands of donors such as yourself who have supported its preservation through the years.
Because of the donations made the past year from visitors, members, and donors alike during this challenging time of COVID, many people discovered what Mrs. Sims, Mrs. Martin, and you already know and believe.
Bethlehem is a city worth saving and preserving.