Dye House

Dye House (HMHZJ)

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

N 40° 37.222', W 75° 23.021'

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1771

"Br. Schenk began erection of new dye shop."
Single Brethren's Diary
June 27, 1771

Early Bethlehem's dyers used natural materials such as indigo (blue), madder (red), logwood (purple), and fustic (yellow) to add color to linen, wool, cotton, and silk cloth and thread.

The first dye house opened in 1746 and was built along the grist mill tailrace. In 1752, a second dye house was built as an addition to the west side of the grist mill-fulling mill complex adjacent to the site. In 1771, a third, separate building was constructed on this location. Only walls remain today.

By the 1830s, the dyeing operation ended. The dye house became a dwelling and was later used as storage for the adjacent Luckenbach Mill. In the 1930s, the building was partially dismantled to use the stone for another project.

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Between the ___ and 1900, the dye house was used as a dwelling.
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HM NumberHMHZJ
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Placed ByHistoric Bethlehem, HistoryWorks!, and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 8:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 467547 N 4496686
Decimal Degrees40.62036667, -75.38368333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 37.222', W 75° 23.021'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 37' 13.32" N, 75° 23' 1.26" W
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Area Code(s)267, 610, 484
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 145 Ohio Rd, Bethlehem PA 18018, US
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