Today turned out to be a gorgeous winter day with the sun shining and temperatures around 50 degrees, which is a heat wave for around here at this time of year. With it being so nice, I decided to take a stroll around downtown Nazareth, PA. On my walk, I happened to pass the old Nazareth Hotel, which is now Nazareth Furniture (a local store) and Nazareth Hardware. I decided to go inside and check out the furniture. I hadn't been in there in years.
The old Nazareth Hotel is a Victorian Style building built sometime in the late 1800's. It has 4 floors with a basement. As you walk through the building, you notice that much of the structure is original. The windows are old, not the modern insulated windows from today. The floors in each of the rooms are the old plank flooring. The doors have been removed from each room, but the ones to the closets are still there. The hallways seem to have the flooring replaced, but tried to match the old look. All the rooms have the room numbers on them. Some of the rooms even have the first telephones that were the crank type on the wall. It is quite amazing how close to original this hotel has been kept.
Believe it or not, as you walk around each of the rooms, they are set up with bedroom sets. Some of the rooms had sitting rooms and they are set up as such. Now floors 2 - 4 are hotel rooms, with about 30 rooms on each floor. Just imagine, a different bedroom set in each room. I could never imagine that sort of variety in bedroom sets. In the hallways, there are desks, tables and chairs set up. On the main floor you have living room furniture and dining furniture. In the basement, more dining furniture is to be found.
Not only does Nazareth Furniture sell furniture, but also tapestries, artwork and lamps. All the merchandise is more along the lines of older models, not modern. Along the way, you may also come across some antiques. For example, I saw an old antique rocking horse, restored. It was beautiful. If I had the room and the money, I would have bought it for myself.
Walking through Nazareth Furniture is quite an adventure. Plus, you can manage to get lost in there. I used to take my children through there every once in a while, when they were growing up, in the winter time, Just to have something different to do.
If you ever come to Nazareth, PA, take a stroll through Nazareth Furniture. It is a place you will always remember. It's not like any other you have seen.