The Indian Tower in Nazareth Area in PA - A Bit of History

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The Indian Tower is located on the outskirts of Nazareth, PA.

 

The Indian Tower, Nazareth, PA

 

The Indian Tower sits at the highest point of the original 5,000 acres in Nazareth.  The original structure was a pavilion called "the Summer House" built in 1867 by John Jordan, Jr.  He later donated $200 to the Moravian Historical Society to replace the pavilion with the present-day tower, which was completed in 1916.  The Indian Tower is commonly thought to have been used as a lookout for hostile Indians.  In actuality, the Indians had been removed from Pennsylvania long before the tower was built, and it received it's name because of the Indian Graveyard it overlooks.  This tower has been used for many purposes over the years: as a Civil Defense Lookout in WWII, as a repeater station for emergency services, and always to rest and reflect.

 

You can see most of the Lehigh Valley from the Indian Tower.

 

A view of the Lehigh Valley from the Indian Tower, Nazareth, PA

 

The reason it is called the Indian Tower is because it is built in the Indian Graveyard.  This is the sight of Nazareth's first Moravian graveyard, called "God's Acre", in use from 1744 to 1762.  Erroneously thought to be the burial ground of the Indians from the nearby village of Welagamika, there are actually only 4 Indians buried here.  Robert Haas created this American marble monument, dedicated by the Moravian Historical Society in 1867, at the same time the original pavilion was constructed.  This monument is inscribed with the names of the 67 Moravians, including the 4 Indians, who are buried here.

 

The monument in the Indian Cemetary, Nazareth, PA

 

Here is a view from the Indian Tower of the Indian Graveyard.

 

Overlooking the Indian Cemetary from the Indian Tower

 

On a summer day, at the top of the Indian Tower, the summer breezes keep you nice and cool.  A great place to relax.  Sometimes I go there to think and get away from the stress.  On the 4th of July it is a great place to watch the fireworks all around the valley.

 

 

 

 

 

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Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

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Interesting!  Great informational post again Brigita!  How are the animals??

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Kristin:

The animals are doing fine.  Eddie is bored though.  He just wants to get out there and work.  (Jump to be more specific.)  Every spring when he starts back to work, he jumps for joy, and I mean he jumps (bucks).

Brigita

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