Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


1869 Luckenbach Mill

1869 luckenbach mill

Once the original site of the flour mill, the 1869 Luckenbach Mill was in continuous use well into the 20th century.

About the 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 ground grain into coarse and fine flour. This building functioned as a grist mill until the late 1940s when it became an automobile parts store surrounded by a junk yard.

This brick building was restored in the early 1980s, but portions of the first floor and north and east walls of the 1751 mill are still visible. Today, the mill has become our Luckenbach Mill Learning Center with the first and second floors having multi-purpose activity spaces for hands-on school and adult programs.

The third floor houses our Historic Bethlehem Library and Archives, including a collection of 10,000 photographs of Bethlehem, a 2,000 volume library and thousands of letters, manuscripts, maps, and documents relating to the history of our community.

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Plan Your Visit


You can tour the 1869 Luckenbach Mill along with multiple other historical sites in our Colonial Industrial Quarter Walking Tour.

Let our Docent lead you through the Colonial Industrial Quarter with our costumed guide and learn how it has changed throughout the centuries into the bucolic site it is today.

Sites include: The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, the Old Chapel, God's Acre, the Sun Inn, the Colonial Industrial Quarter, and the Bell House Complex.


Thousands of people have walked these streets, farmed these lands, built these buildings and industries. Thousands of stories, thousands of lives to cherish.

Join a community of people who share our mission to preserve:

  • 20 historic structures
  • 60,000+ collections and artifacts
  • 3 centuries of rich history

Site Rentals and School Tours

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1869 Luckenbach Mill!

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Expand your child's knowledge with an
educational school tour

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Need Directions?

Start your visit by stopping by our Visitor Center.

Order your tour tickets, gather information, and shop in the museum store!

Get your Insiders Guide!

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Everything you need you know about the
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