Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


275th Community Heritage Campaign

Celebrate the 275th Anniversary of Bethlehem by helping Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites ensure the future of Bethlehem's past. Historic Bethlehem preserves, exhibits, and shares the stories that reflect the lives of the people who shaped Bethlehem through 20 historic buildings, 20 acres of land, 60,000 pieces of pottery, 6 gardens, 4 ruins, silver, paintings, furniture, clothing, and more.

In fact, Historic Moravian Bethlehem is a National Historic Landmark District, one of only 8 in Pennsylvania and about 200 across the country, and has two National Historic Landmarks – the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the 1762 Waterworks.

By contributing, you can help preserve this legacy. Donate $2.75 or more and your name will go on a star at all of our sites.

Giving Levels

275th Stars Stef Schloo 2016 (2)

Level  What it represents
$27.50  275th Anniversary of the city Bethlehem
$60  60,000 artifacts in the HBMS Collection
$104  Years Bethlehem remained a closed Moravian community
$275  275th Anniversary of the Gemeinhaus
$500  Number of acres sold to the Moravians by William Allen
$1741  Year that the City of Bethlehem was established
$2016  Year that we celebrate 275 years of Bethlehem’s history
$3008  94’ x 32’ footprint of the 1741 Gemeinhaus
 $6000 Number of Dollhouse Pieces at the Kemerer

Discover Bethlehem's Story So Far

Discover how Bethlehem has transformed over 275 years and join us in celebrating its 275th anniversary and its amazing legacy.

The 275th Community Heritage Campaign supports the preservation of:

The Moravian Museum Of Bethlehem

1741 Gemeinhaus - the largest 18th century log building in continuous use in the U.S.
1744/1752 Single Sisters’ House – home to Single Sisters through 2007.
1758 Nain-Schober House - the only remaining building in the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor built and lived in by Native Americans.
The 1752 Apothecary - the oldest continuously operated apothecary in the U.S.
• The Gemeinhaus Garden


Colonial Industrial Quarter

1750/1761 Smithy – featuring colonial Blacksmith demonstrations and classes.
1761 Tannery - the only 18th century tannery in existence in the U.S.
1762 Waterworks - America’s first pumped municipal water system.
1782/1834 Miller’s House – the first separate residence built for the master of a trade.
1869 Luckenbach Mill – a grain and flour mill that became a car parts store in the middle of a junk yard before being rehabilitated and now renovated into the Luckenbach Mill Learning Center.
The Springhouse – a replica of the 1746 log structure used to store vegetables & dairy products.
• The Miller's House Garden
• The 1749 Pottery, 1756 Butchery, 1765 Oil Mill, and 1771 Dye House Ruins

The Kemerer Museum Of Decorative Arts

• The only museum in Pennsylvania dedicated to style and design.
• Features one of the country’s largest antique dollhouse collections.
• The Kemerer Garden

1748 Burnside Plantation

• The first private farm in the city of Bethlehem.
• Features 1 of only 2 working high horsepower wheels in the United States.
• George Washington’s papers were stored at the plantation during part of the Revolutionary War.
• Home to the Annual Blueberry Festival.
• The Louise Dimmick Kitchen Garden
• The Apple Orchard

1810 Goundie House & Visitor Center

• The Goundie House is the oldest Federal style brick home in Bethlehem, and was home to J.S. Goundie, successful brewer, businessman and fire-inspector.
• Visitor Center is housed in the historic Mr. Schropp’s Shop, a dry goods emporium in the 1830’s.


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