Oldest Book Store in Pennsylvania

In case you didn’t know, I live in Pennsylvania.  Right near Hershey, PA.  Yes, I can smell the chocolate, but only when the wind is blowing in my direction.  I grew up around the area, but it’s still a pretty cool town.

I recently read an article that stated the oldest continuously operating book store in PA is The Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem.   It was founded in 1745, by the Moravian Church.    Who are the Moravian’s?  They were a group of people from what is now known as the Czech Republic, they were fleeing religious persecution.  You can find more on the Moravian’s Here.

The shop has had many locations, including two years in Philadelphia.  In 1871 The Moravian Book Store found it’s ever lasting location at 428 Main Street , Bethlehem.  The store has an amazing array of books, as well as a host of other trinkets.   The also boast a deli, gift shop, and gourmet food shop!!  One stop shopping at its best!  Food, gifts, and a book, sounds like a good deal to me. 

On top of being the oldest it is supposedly haunted too.  You can’t be this old and not have a few skeleton’s in the closet too.  Maybe it’s a famous author or the founder of the book store Samuel Powell or the Bishop who put Powell in charge? 

There is your history lesson for the day.  If you ever get to Bethlehem, check out The Moravian Book Shop.  Also Bethlehem is a beautiful town at Christmas time, they go all out.  But that is a post for another day!