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.

Saturday, June 23, 10 am - 2 pm

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

10:00 a.m. — Welcome to the Pollinator Garden
11:00 a.m. — Bumblebee Buzz
12:00 noon— The Value of Native Plants
1:00 p.m. — Life Cycle of a Butterfly

  • 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
  • Activities for the kids—including a pollinator scavenger hunt, crafts, and stickers
  • Free native plant seeds (while supplies last)
  • Light refreshments will be available


No pre-registration is necessary for this event.

Saturday, September 1, 10 am - 11 am

With increasing threats and habitat loss, monarch butterflies need our help more than ever. Find out what a Monarch Way Station is and why it is important for the survival of this species. Learn how you can help monarch butterflies by protecting their habitat and planting milkweed and preferred nectar-rich flowers. Meet at the Wagon Shed.

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

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

Saturday, October 13, 10 am - 11 am

Just when the pretty colors of summer flowers begin to fade, the leaves on trees put on their fall show of colors. Learn how this happens and why. Find out if all trees change color. Learn why leaves fall from the tree. Then, make and take home a fun craft using leaves. Please meet at the pollinator garden in front of Haas Barn.

The workshop is geared towards children ages 6 to 12.

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

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

Saturday, September 1, 11AM - 1PM
Saturday, October 13, 11AM - 1PM

  • 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!

Colonial Cooking Demonstration:

Theme and Activity: To be determined


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

Saturday, September 29: 1PM - 5PM
Sunday, September 30: 1PM - 5PM
Sunday, October 21: 1PM - 5PM

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 cooking demonstrations
  • Colonial games and crafts

Saturday, April 28 from 10 am – 11 am

Make your backyard an enticing safe place for hummingbirds as they spend part of their summer migration in Pennsylvania. Learn about this tiny bird’s likes, habits, and preferred needs. Then, sit back and be amazed at their aerial acrobatics. Yes! They really can fly backwards! Meet at the pollinator garden in front of Haas Barn.


Saturday, May 12, 10 am - 11 am

Who said learning can't be fun?! Join the Master Gardeners for a game of Bug Bingo. We will have fun playing and learning interesting facts about "bugs." Then, just in time for Mother's Day, participants will decorate a container, plant a flower, and personalize a note card. Meet at the pollinator garden in front of the Haas Barn.

This workshop is geared towards children ages 6 to 12.

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

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

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. We are cooking in the Burnside Plantation summer kitchen from May through October.

For more information, contact Kristen Walsh at 610.691.6055 ext. 14.

Annual Events at Burnside Plantation

blueberry festival 2018 feature

Save the Date for Blueberry Festival on July 21 & 22, 2018!

Save the Date for Apple Days on September 8 & 9, 2018!

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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