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A cabin of firsts

Published April 08. 2011 05:02PM

The historic Moser log home served as Tamaqua's first tavern, church, hospital, dwelling and stagecoach stop.

Moreover, it was the site of the first birth, death, wedding and religious ceremony.

The cabin saw Tamaqua's first birth in the settlement in 1809 when Mary Kershner was born, daughter of John Kershner who Moser employed at his sawmill. The first wedding also took place in the cabin on Christmas Day, 1820, when Moser's daughter Barbara married John Whetstone, another early settler.

Sadly, the first death also occurred in the cabin on February 15, 1822, when Moser's wife Catherine passed away. The first church services in the settlement were conducted in the cabin by traveling preachers who made it a stop along their regular circuit rider routes.

Part of the home also served as the first tavern in 1807, operated by the widow of John Kershner and her son-in-law Isaac Bennett.

The Tamaqua Historical Society always is receptive to period donations to be displayed inside the home, said Dale Freudenberger, president.

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