Northampton County receives a grant to preserve a historic house

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Lamont McClure and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announce a grant of $753,397 awarded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor’s Budget Office. DCED applied for the grant on behalf of Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites (HBMS). The funds will be used for construction on the Grist Miller’s House located at 459 Old York Road, Bethlehem in the Colonial Industrial Quarter. The building, constructed in 1782 and enlarged in 1834, is in need of structural repairs and must be brought into compliance with current building codes.

“The Grist Miller’s House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an important part of our local history,” says Lamont McClure. “It tells the story of early industries in Bethlehem and is a popular site for tours. The County of Northampton thanks the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for helping Historic Bethlehem preserve our history for future generations through this grant.”

Exterior work will include installing a period-appropriate wood shingle roof, repairing and painting the wooden windows and installing copper gutters and downspouts. The walkway between the Grist Miller’s House and the Lukenback Mill will also be restored.

Interior work includes refinishing the wood floors, painting the walls, repairing beams under the 1834 section, reopening the stairs from the basement to the first floor and installing electric, plumbing, and an HVAC system.

Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants are intended to provide economic stimulus to the Pennsylvania economy and assist in the immediate creation of quality family-sustaining jobs for Pennsylvanians.


Information provided to TVL by:
Becky Bartlett
Deputy Director of Administration
Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042