Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Explore Burnside Plantation

Explore Burnside Plantation with workshops by the Penn State Master Gardeners, Open House Events with live cooking demonstrations, and Open Gate Farm Tour.

Children's Workshop: Autumn Leaves

Children's Workshop

2020 Dates Coming Soon!

Just when the pretty colors of summer flowers begin to fade, the leaves on the trees put on their fall show of colors. Learn how this happens and why. Find out if all trees change color and learn why leaves fall from the trees. Then, make and take home a fun craft using leaves!

This event is free to the public, registration is required.

Call Penn State Extension Master Gardeners at 610-391-9840 to register.

Open Gate Farm Tours

2020 Dates Coming Soon!

Join us at Burnside Plantation on for FREE family-fun activities, demonstrations, tours, and more! 

This restored historic farm was established in 1748 as the first privately owned home of the Bethlehem Moravians named James and Mary Burnside. Operated by Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, the plantation features the original farmhouse, barns, and farm buildings dating to the mid-1800s, and one of only two operating high horse-powered wheels in the country.

Activities include:

  • Guided tours of the farmhouse and barn
  • Colonial games and crafts

Burnside Plantation Open House & Colonial Cooking Demonstrations

2020 Dates Coming Soon!

  • Explore the historic Burnside Plantation house and grounds with guided tours by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites docents.
  • Visit our Louise W. Dimmick Memorial Garden featuring both current and historical garden herbs, vegetables, and fruits.
  • Step inside the summer kitchen and visit with our Historic Bethlehem Foodways volunteers as they create dishes to compliment our morning garden workshop theme!

Admission is free for members, included with your Pass Into History admission ticket, or a $5 suggested donation to Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

Adult Workshop: Pollinator Garden Certification

Adult Workshop

2020 Dates Coming Soon!

Learn about the importance of pollinators and how you can help reverse pollinator decline. Join the Master Gardeners as they guide you through each step to meet the requirements needed (the best plants, water sources, shelter, etc.) to have your garden certified a "Pollinator Friendly Garden."

This event is free to the public, registration is required.  

Call Penn State Extension Master Gardeners at 610-391-9840 to register.

Children's Workshop: Pollinator Investigator

Children's Workshop

2020 Dates Coming Soon!

Bring along your notepad and pen as we investigate the Buzzing World of Bees! How many different kinds of bees are there? Where do bees live? What is it that bees do? We will investigate the importance of bees and how they help us with the food we like to eat and, yes, why DO bees buzz? To complete the investigation the children will make and take home a Bee Hotel.

This event is free to the public, registration is required.  

Call Penn State Extension Master Gardeners at 610-391-9840 to register.

National Pollinator Week Celebration

2020 Dates Coming Soon!

Join us for a morning of fun and celebration! Meet at the pollinator garden in front of Haas Barn.

  • Take a self-guided tour of the garden
  • Stop at our Pollination Stations for information and tips
  • Test your pollinator knowledge with our interactive displays
  • Learn about pollinator syndromes
  • Activities for the kids—including a pollinator scavenger hunt and crafts
  • Native plant seed sale (while supplies last)


No pre-registration is necessary for this event.

Adult Workshop: Pollinators and Your Vegetable Garden

Adult Workshop

2020 Dates Coming Soon!

Many of your flowering vegetable plants produce pollen and nectar that help feed our pollinators. Pollinators can help many of your favorite vegetables produce bigger and tastier vegetables! Learn how you can maximize these relationships so you can benefit from better crop yields.

This event is free to the public, registration is required.

Call Penn State Extension Master Gardeners at 610-391-9840 to register.

Love to Garden?

Watch Head Burnside Volunteer Gardener, Pat Corpora, speak with Mike McGrath from PBS39/WLVT's You Bet Your Garden about:

  • The history of Burnside's fabulous garden
  • What we plant there today
  • And how you can get involved!

Love History & Cooking?

We have a wonderful way to combine your interests! The Historic Bethlehem Foodways Group is cooking up history at Burnside Plantation, part of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. We are looking for volunteers to join our open-hearth cooks.

Interested in learning and passing on these historic (and delicious!) recipes to future generations? Come help us bring the past to life for our visitors, develop cooking skills of the colonial era, and explore recipes of an earlier time.

For more information, contact Kristen Walsh at 610.882.0450 ext. 15.

Annual Events at Burnside Plantation

blueberry festival 2018 feature

Save the Date for Blueberry Festival on July 18 & 19, 2020!

Save the Date for Apple Days on September 12 & 13, 2020!

For more information, please contact the Visitor Center:
1.800.360.TOUR    |   info@historicbethlehem.org

Burnside Plantation Site Rentals

Burnside’s majestic scenery and rustic buildings make a beautiful backdrop for special events.

Situated along the Monocacy Creek, James Burnside's property includes the 18th and 19th-century farmhouse and summer kitchen, a large garden, and two barns. Host 250 guests at the Plantation, or 20-80 guests at the Barn or Wagon Shed. The possibilities are endless!



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