Smith Complex

Smith Complex (HMHVU)

Location: Bethlehem, PA 18018 Northampton County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 37.173', W 75° 22.944'

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1750 - 1761

"...The houses of the congregation were well built, and there were all sorts of manufacturing establishments there...There were good carpenters, cabinet-makers, steel-workers, and very good blacksmiths..."
Baroness von Riedesel's Journal
September, 1799

The craftsmen who worked in metal held important jobs in the Bethlehem community. The blacksmith made and mended tools, hardware, mill and agricultural machinery, wagon parts, and horseshoes. The nailsmith made thousands of tacks, nails, rivets, and spikes for furniture, shoes, and buildings. The locksmith made and repaired locks, small tools, saddle mountings, hinges, screws, and gunstocks.

Between 1743 and 1750, the blacksmith, locksmith, and nailsmith plied their trades at various locations. In 1750, they were housed under one roof in a limestone building erected on this site. In 1761, the smith complex was enlarged to the north and the tinsmith and gunsmith also worked here. In the 1780s, the nailsmith moved out and by 1820, only the blacksmith remained in the building.
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Placed ByHistoric Bethlehem, HistoryWorks!, and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 1:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 467655 N 4496595
Decimal Degrees40.61955000, -75.38240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 37.173', W 75° 22.944'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 37' 10.38" N, 75° 22' 56.64" W
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Area Code(s)267, 610, 484
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 423 Main St, Bethlehem PA 18018, US
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