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Family House

Images of Family House

This image depicts the north-facing side and west-facing side (with the small door) of the Family House. The road that runs by the west-facing side of the Family House is the current Daniels Road. Another road (currently Christian Springs road) ran along the north-facing side of the Family House. (Image used courtesy of the Moravian Archives.)

Although Christiansbrunn has been remembered and written about as a community of single men, married couples--often with small children--lived there as well. The married couples lived in the Family House. Nineteenth-century photographs and drawings consistently identify this structure as the "Brewery." The building had a cellar with groined or vaulted arches (see images 6 and 7), which were thought, in the nineteenth century, to have been the first vaulted archives in early America.

The image below locates the Family House on a 1795 map of the Christiansbrunn community.