Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Sensing the Colonial World

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

Sensing the Colonial World is a 1-hour experiential learning program consisting of a very basic introduction to James Burnside, his farm, and colonial Moravian farm life in early Bethlehem.

This program is designed for young children, Pre-K through Grade 2 with a group size of up to 20 students, and students with special needs with group size of 6-10 individuals.

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 and will also receive 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.

  1. Hear the story of the beginning of Burnside Plantation.
  2. Understand that colonial farm life involved a lot of hard work that was mostly done by hand.
  3. Use the senses to discover objects and do activities that bring colonial living to life.

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:

  • This program can accommodate up to 20 students Pre-K – Grade 2 divided into groups of 10, OR 6-10 special needs students.
  • Please inform students that the Burnside program does require them to be outdoors at times. 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.
  • Please emphasize good behavior with your students.

If you have any other questions, call 1-800-360-TOUR, or contact our Education Tour Coordinator, Keith Sten.

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 Route 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 Route 378 North.
  • 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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