Bicentennial Committee members believe that a “legacy project” should happen during the Bicentennial year that helps preserve and promote a piece of this county’s history. Too many historical sites or buildings go wanting for lack of financial support to properly preserve and then promote their significance. The Committee wants to use the Bicentennial as the impetus to strengthen and promote a symbol of Lehigh County’s history that needs help.
The Committee has selected the George Taylor House in Catasauqua, the Lehigh County home of one of our nation’s 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. The property is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association. Built for Taylor – one of America’s Founding Fathers – in 1768, this little altered house has been carefully restored and is open to visitors. A master plan and feasibility study is being done to determine how to improve and better use the house and 13-acres of surrounding open space and how to better promote this historical gem in Lehigh County. It’s the intention of the Bicentennial Committee that this historic treasure becomes better known to the people of Lehigh County and beyond.