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 in the Colonial Industrial Quarter. If you would like to conduct a photo shoot, please contact us regarding scheduling and permit information.

For more information on Burnside Plantation, please email our Site Rental Coordinator or call 610-882-0450 ext. 10.


"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


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


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