Trades at Christian's Spring
Many trades were practiced in the settlement. Most of the men were farmers but master craftsmen in this unique community also included butchers, tailors, brewers, bakers, cabinet makers, carpenters, locksmiths, masons, pharmacists, shoemakers, saddlers, coachmen, smithies, tanners, weavers, and gun stockers.
During the five decades that Christian’s Spring operated as a Moravian settlement, its residents included African, Native American, and European immigrants who worked, worshipped, lived, and learned side by side. The traditional Moravian belief that all of God’s children should be valued and encouraged to pursue their vocations in the world meant that Moravian communities were among the most egalitarian and integrated in the Western world. Here in Pennsylvania, this allowed a unique freedom for those marginalized by mainstream society where enslaved people lived side by side with freemen.