Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Event Space: Burnside Plantation

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. 

Burnside Plantation hosts one wedding a weekend to ensure that your special day is absolutely unique and will leave a lasting impression with all who attend! Weddings take place on Saturday, allowing you time Friday afternoon & evening to deliver materials, begin minor set-up, and host a ceremony rehearsal if necessary.

From weddings to social events, Burnside Plantation is a beautiful and historic venue for any type of celebration!



  • Maximum 250 people
Wagon Shed
  • Cocktail/reception: 30
  • Seated dinner: 20
  • Cocktail/reception: 80
  • Seated dinner: 60
  • Wedding/Large Event Rental Fee: $3,500 for a 5 to 7-hour event.
    • Includes time for site set up and clean up.
    • Please contact us for nonprofit and small event pricing.
  • Required Items:
    • A non-refundable retainer at the time of booking to hold the date.
    • Insurance rider.

Ceremony rehearsal time to take place the night before the wedding.

*Only certain areas of the Plantation are handicap/wheelchair accessible.

  • Additional Perks:
    • On-site & overnight parking availability.
    • Breathtaking landscapes.
    • Access to the barns & buildings on 6.5 acres of land.
    • On-site ceremony space & tented/open air reception space.
    • On-site photography opportunities.
    • On-site restroom facilities.
    • Private bridal suite.
    • Guided tours of the Burnside Museum Home available at an additional charge.
    • Close to 3 major highways and Main Street Bethlehem.
    • Close proximity to the Sands Casino & numerous Historic Bethlehem restaurants.
    • Shuttle distance to 3 major hotels in Downtown Bethlehem.

We welcome professional photography sessions at Burnside Plantation. If you would like to conduct a photo shoot, please contact us regarding scheduling and permit information.


"Our wedding at Burnside Plantation was amazing and perfect. The venue is beautiful and allowed for individual touches, beautiful photos, and a lot of free space for our guests to roam around." - Burnside Plantation Bride

With such strong ties to Bethlehem as well as family and friends traveling from afar to celebrate our marriage, we knew we wanted a venue that could offer both beauty and character. Our vision was unique, but the versatility of Burnside Plantation allowed us to do some amazing things, from ceremony to final sendoff and everything in between, including cocktail hour and reception. The [Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites] staff allowed us to enjoy such freedom with the venue space. Our guests were awed by the charm and beauty of the setting, and we were swept into the magic of our happiest day. We have fond memories and breathtaking imagery that captures a wedding day even more spectacular than which we could have imagined.” ~ Quin & Trevor, August 2018


For more information, please contact our Site Rental Coordinator Rachel Meese at 610-882-0450 ext. 20


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