Lower Saucon Township Historical Society
PO Box 176, Hellertown, PA 18055
Email us at LSHistorical@yahoo.com

Located outside of Hellertown, PA
at 4216 Countryside Lane
in the Township of Lower Saucon

Meeting information and directions

Welcome to the LSTHS Restoration Page

June - July 2008 Restoration Update


Finishing touches go on the newly built privy. The work was done by Art Lechner and his sons, Dan and Eric.

privy seat
The privy was painted and new seats were crafted using an old seat as a guide.


April 2007 Restoration Update

new fence

Newly installed fencing

new fencing

Slate was quarried to make the custom slate posts, like the originals to hold the rails for the new fence.

December 2005 Restoration Update

on scaffold to plaster the ceiling
mixing plaster
J.Mindler and sons performed the huge task of replastering the ceiling. They did an excellent job and their services would be recommended if you have a plastering job to do.
Heaps of plaster were needed to complete the work.
plastering in action
The plaster will need to cure until April at 60 degrees until it is fully dried. Thanks to the new heating system installed in the schoolhouse, the steady temperature can be maintained.
school door in winter
school in winter 2005
Restoration of the door is one of the projects to be worked on soon.
The school looks so pretty surrounded by a blanket of fresh snow.

May 2005 Restoration Update

Marcus Brandt paying close attention to the details of rebuilding the porch.

February 2005 Restoration Update

new roof on Lutz Franklin
The new slate roof was completed February 2nd, 2005 - thanks to Alan Kunsman and his great roofing crew.
Happy Groundhog Day!
new bell tower
The beautifully restored bell tower now rests on the newly slated roof.
school with no porch
The dilapidated old porch has been removed.

The new township park sign.

October / November 2004 Restoration Update

Marcus needed a support beam while he is working on the truss, so he... just goes into the woods and cuts down a tree and wedges it up against the ceiling. This is what the pioneers did.
The Sobrinski painters are still at it. Even in their heavy jackets they continue to strip that paint.
The schoolhouse is framed by beautiful fall colors.
restoration sign
A new sign announcing our restoration project was created by Banners and Signs in Bethlehem.

August 2004 Restoration Update

stone walkway found
Scaffolding in place for bell tower work.
Stone walkway discovered under the porch. Meeting minutes from the 1900's showed the expenses for building the porch.
At left, the copper and brass weathervane is removed by Marcus Brandt so that he can repair the holes that were shot into it long ago by mischievious kids. Karen Samuels is bravely perched on the roof to take some up close photos.

May 2004 Restoration Update

Looking up at the cornice
Vent fan
Designated as a Keystone Project
View of the porch roof
Scaffolding going up
The modern office facility - Plain but efficient!
volunteer clean up school
stacks of slate
Some of the volunteer work crew on one of our cleanup weekends.
Stacks of slate are ready to re-roof the schoolhouse.

email Email us at Lutzfran@lutzfranklin.com or LShistorical@yahoo.com

Mission Statement
The Lower Saucon Township Historical Society seeks to preserve and maintain the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse as an example of 19th century Pennsylvania architecture, to utilize it as a place of public education, to acquire, conserve and archive artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, recordings and ephemera relevant to the history of Lower Saucon Township and to make them available for research, study and education.

Web Design by L.Ray

© 2004-2013 LSTHS

How to get to Lutz Franklin School:

How to get to Seidersville Hall:
Our monthly meetings
are held the 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00pm at Seidersville Hall located at the Lower Saucon Township Municipal Complex at 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, PA. To get there:


From Route 22 take PA 378 South towards Bethlehem. After crossing the Hill-to-Hill bridge, with its steel superstructure, continue south on Route 378 up the mile-long hill to the top. After crossing the top of the hill and starting down the hill about 1 block, bear to the right onto the two-lane road (Old Philadelphia Pike) and continue past the stop intersection for about two city blocks to Town Hall on the right.

FROM THE SOUTH From Route 309, turn onto Route 378 North and continue northward for about three miles. After you pass under the I-78 overpass, turn left at the traffic signal on to Black River Road. At the stop sign turn right onto Old Philadelphia Pike. Continue northbound for about two city blocks to Town Hall on the left.
FROM I-78 Interstate 78 West to Hellertown/Bethlehem Exit 67. Follow Route 412 South, which becomes Main Street in Hellertown. Turn right at traffic light at Water Street, which becomes Friedensville Road after crossing Saucon Creek. Follow Friedensville Road to Hickory Hill Road. Continue straight ahead to Route 378. Continue through the traffic signal to the stop sign at Old Philadelphia Pike. Turn left and continue downhill on Old Philadelphia Pike for about two city blocks to Town Hall on the right.

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