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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.

2019 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

2019 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.

Saturday, April 20

More info coming soon.

Saturday, May 11, 10 am - 11 am

More info coming soon.

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.

Saturday, June 22, 10 am - 2 pm

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

COME AND HELP US CELEBRATE OUR POLLINATORS!

No pre-registration is necessary for this event.

Saturday, August 24, 10 am - 11 am

More info coming soon.

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

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

Saturday, October 26, 10 am - 11 am

More info coming soon!

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.

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 Emily Buck at 610.691.6055 ext. 14.

Annual Events at Burnside Plantation

blueberry festival 2018 feature

Save the Date for Blueberry Festival on July 20 & 21, 2019!

Save the Date for Apple Days on September 7 & 8, 2019!

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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