David House

The David House is a historic dwelling in Snow Shoe that is now the home of a local museum to preserve the history of the Mountaintop Area.

The white-clapboard house was built on North Front Street in the late 1880s by the Lehigh Valley Coal Co. to provide housing for workers. Jenkin R. David, a telegraph operator for the company, moved into the house, and when the company later downsized, he purchased it.

The David House was built in the 1880s by the Lehigh Valley Coal Co. to provide housing for workers.

David later started his own small coal company and ran the business from the house. He and his wife, Sophia Morgan David, also raised their family in the home. One of the couple’s children, Vivian, moved to New Jersey to teach school but loved the Mountaintop Area and regularly returned to the house in the summer and on holidays.

In 1988, the David family donated the home to the Lions Club for use as a museum. It opened to the public in 1996. Since then, the Lions David House Heritage Museum has become independent and is operated by a board of directors and volunteers.

The house maintains the preserved parlor and furnishings of Vivian David’s home. The downstairs includes a public reading room and local history room. The upstairs rooms display donated memorabilia, photographs, maps, and books on various subjects including schools, churches, businesses, organizations, military, and sports in the Snow Shoe area.

The museum is open Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon April through November. Off-hour and off-season visits can be arranged by appointment.


Liions David House Heritage Museum. https://www.david-house-museum.org (Accessed July 17, 2021).

First Published: August 4, 2021

Last Modified: September 9, 2021