Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Sensing the Colonial World

Children at a table at Colonial Moravian Burnside Plantation

This unique program was designed specifically for our youngest guests - take them back in time to explore a colonial farm!

Burnside Plantation Farmhouse and garden

Sensing the Colonial World is a 1 hour interactive tour.

Meet James Burnside, his plantation, and colonial Moravian farm life in early Bethlehem. Colorful story boards enhance active learning, which includes touching, smelling, hearing, tasting, and seeing activities. Students plant seeds to take with them, as well as receiving a coloring book.

Location: Burnside Plantation, 1461 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, PA.

Length: 1 hour


Programs are aligned with the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and integrated with STEM education.

A group of students outside the barn at Burnside Plantation

In order to make your class’s field trip to Burnside Plantation the most pleasant and best possible learning experience, we ask that you review these guidelines:

  • Before arriving, please place students into even groups of approximately 10-12 students per group. Please assign one chaperone per group.
  • Please make students and chaperones aware that they will stay in their assigned groups and travel as a group from station to station while at Burnside.
  • The Burnside program does require students to be outdoors. They should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for outdoor terrain.
  • Burnside buildings are not heated and tours are held rain or shine.
  • Lunch is a picnic event for an all-day field trip. Students must bring their own packed lunch and drink.
  • Students will picnic outside. If weather is inclement, students may eat in the barn.
  • Please emphasize good behavior with your students.
Girls sitting on a bench at the Gemeinhaus by Kristen Mills
Photo Credit: Kristen Mills

If you have any other questions, call 1-800-360-TOUR, or contact our Museum Sites & Education Manager, Keith Sten.

Burnside Plantation with Garden

Bethlehem is in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, only 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City. Burnside Plantation is located at 1461 Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem, PA.

From Route 22 West:

  • Take Rt. 378 South to the 8th Avenue exit.
  • Turn left onto 8th Avenue north, turn right onto Eaton Avenue.
  • The entrance to Burnside Plantation will be on the right before the railroad tracks.

From points south of Bethlehem:

  • Take Rt. 378 North to Bethlehem
  • Bear right onto the 8th Avenue North Exit.
  • Turn right onto 8th Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Eaton Avenue.
  • The entrance to Burnside Plantation will be on the right before the railroad tracks.


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