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.

Bees at Burnside

On Tuesday, April 14, we were pleased to welcome Mason Bees to Burnside Plantation!


Their box home was installed on the side of the Summer Kitchen and these non-aggressive bees will be working to pollinate the apple trees in the orchard as well as the rest of the garden plantings.


We sincerely thank all of our Burnside Plantation gardening volunteers who have continued to work on getting the garden in top shape this year, with proper social distancing regulations.



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

Save the Date for Blueberry Festival To Go Market from July 18 - 26, 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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