The Oldest Book Store In America Is Right Here In Pennsylvania — And It’s Amazing

The Moravian Book Shop, located in historic downtown Bethlehem, is not only the oldest book store in America, but it is also quite possibly the oldest continuously running book shop in the world. It was opened almost three centuries ago in 1745 by the Moravian Church, which has a strong presence in the area and has been operating ever since, though it has changed location a few times. The shop is also home to the Moravian College book store.

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Have you ever been to the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest book store in America? Or, what’s your favorite book store in the state? Please tell us in the comments.

If you love books, then you will love Cupboard Maker Books, a store with over 100,000 gently used and new books.

Address: 428 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA
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Oldest Book Store In America

June 03, 2021

What are the best book stores in Pennsylvania?

Aside from Moravian Bookstore and Cupboard Maker Books, there are many other bookstores to peruse for your next read. From antique books at Baldwin’s Book Barn to the selection at City Books, the oldest bookstore in Pittsburgh, find your next favorite bookshop in our previous post.

What are the most historic towns in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania was one of the original colonies and, therefore, has an extensive history as home to the Battle of Gettysburg, the crossing of the Delaware River, and many other historic events. Some of the most historic towns and cities to visit in the state are Gettysburg, New Hope, Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 

What are the oldest stores in Pennsylvania?

Some of the oldest shops in the Keystone State are the Lumberville General Store which has been open since 1770; Klein’s Supermarket in Philadelphia, open since 1892; and Shane Confectionery, also in Philadelphia, which has been open since 1863. You can read more about these historic stores in our article, Visit The 5 Oldest Shops In Pennsylvania.

Address: 428 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA