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Come to Downtown Bethlehem and explore 20 historic sites and the 18th-century architecture. A National Historic Landmark District, Bethlehem boasts a history in rich culture and tradition.

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HISTORIC SITES IN BETHLEHEM

From its humble beginnings as a Moravian settlement to its modern status as the heart of the thriving Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem has carefully preserved its past. It is a city that shines as brightly as its huge electrical star atop South Mountain. The Moravian influence remains strong but many more traditions from many lands have joined in making the city a “melting pot” of cultures. In 2017 “Moravian Bethlehem” was selected by the US Department of Interior to become a candidate for future World Heritage Designation. Click Here for  more history and updates on this important designation. 

Take a tour, learn about current exhibits, museum sites, and take tours through our historic district! For more information, contact the Bethlehem Visitors Center at 1-800-360-8687. They are located at 505 Main Street.

 

1750 Smithy

1750 Smithy

Blacksmithing was one of the most important trades in Colonial America, since smiths made or repaired tools, kitchen utensils, weapons, agricultural implements, and household items. The Smithy was...

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1761 Tannery

1761 Tannery

The Tannery was constructed in 1761 and resides in the Colonial Industrial Quarter next to the butchery to tan hides into leather. Moravian tanners produced about 3,000 hides a year for use by the...

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1810 Goundie House

1810 Goundie House

The 1810 Goundie House, built by Moravian town brewer and business man John Sebastian Goundie, is believed to be the first brick residence in Bethlehem and the first private home to reflect the new...

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1869 Luckenbach Mill

1869 Luckenbach Mill

The 1869 Luckenbach Mill, located within the Colonial Industrial Quarter was built in a few months on the foundations of the earlier 1751 Grist Mill, which was destroyed by fire in 1869. The mill...

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1752 Apothecary

1752 Apothecary

The 1752 Apothecary laboratory is located just behind the Moravian Book Shop off Main Street. In 1743, within two years of the settlement of Bethlehem, an apothecary was opened in the Gemeinhaus....

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Burnside Plantation

Burnside Plantation

Bethlehem's Farm in the City is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Burnside Plantation lies along the Monocacy Creek, six-tenths of a mile north of the Colonial Industrial Quarter,...

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Colonial Industrial Quarter

Colonial Industrial Quarter

The variety of landscapes, backdrops, and historic sites, makes the Colonial Industrial Quarter a diverse and exciting place to host an event. Early Bethlehem was home to an outstanding...

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Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites

Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites proudly preserves 20 historic sites, working tirelessly to restore, educate, and learn all we can bout these beautiful buildings and their storied pasts. The...

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Historic Hotel Bethlehem

Historic Hotel Bethlehem

Discover Historic Hotel Bethlehem and experience world-class service. Home to charming guest accommodations, elegantly appointed lobby and common areas, beautiful yet efficient banquet and meeting...

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Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Discover Bethlehem’s artistic past by ambling through the newly renovated Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts housed in three interconnected homes from the mid-1800s.  Explore the extraordinary,...

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Moravian Book Shop

Moravian Book Shop

We're the oldest, continually operated bookstore in the world. We have a full service book department, fine gifts, college gear, and Ghost Tours! We also host Dave's Deli and the Lost Tavern...

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Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem introduces guests to the earliest history of the Bethlehem community. On tours, guests discover the remarkable stories behind Bethlehem's founders, including early...

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Nain-Schober House

Nain-Schober House

The 1758/1765 Nain-Schober House is, according to the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Commission, the only extant 18th century building that was built by and lived in by Native...

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Single Sisters’ House

Single Sisters’ House

The first section of the Single Sisters’ House was constructed in 1744 parallel to the Gemeinhaus along the limestone bluff and facing south. This German Colonial style building has...

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Sun Inn Preservation Association

Sun Inn Preservation Association

Located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Bethlehem, the Sun Inn is a restoration of a 1758 building which functioned as an inn in Bethlehem from 1760 to the late 1960s. Home of the Tavern at...

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Waterworks

Waterworks

The 1762 Waterworks, recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, and an American Water Landmark, was the first pumped municipal water system in America. This...

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HISTORIC BETHLEHEM

Historic Moravian Bethlehem was designated a National Historic Landmark District, one of only eight in Pennsylvania and one of only about 200 in the entire United States, on October 17, 2012 and preserves two National Historic Landmarks, 1741 Gemeinhaus and 1762 Waterworks.

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ADDRESS
74 W. Broad Street, Suite 240
Bethlehem, PA 18018

PHONE
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