Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem

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The Colonial Industrial Quarter of Bethlehem, PA is considered America's earliest industrial park. Established by the colonial Moravians along the banks of the Monocacy Creek, the ten-acre site contains historic buildings such as the 1762 Waterworks (A National Historic Landmark), 1761 Tannery, 1869 Luckenbach Mill, 1748/1834 Gristmiller's House, reconstructed 1764 Springhouse and 1750 Smithy, as well as ruins of the original 1749 Pottery, 1752 Butchery, 1765 Oil Mill, and 1771 Dye House. This location was chosen to take advantage of a spring that supplied potable water and the power supplied by the Monocacy Creek's flow for the craftsmen and trades of early Bethlehem.

The Colonial Industrial Quarter is part of the Historic Moravian Bethlehem Historic District which was designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 2012 and later named to the U.S. Tentative List in 2016 for nomination to the World Heritage List. The Colonial Industrial Quarter is also known as the location of several annual events and festivals including the Historic Turkey Trot 5K, Musikfest, and Celtic Classic.
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  • Just below Main Street is the old Bethlehem. A nice trail meanders along the river and showcases all the different industrial businesses that once made Bethlehem an industrial powerhouse. Packed... 
    Just below Main Street is the old Bethlehem. A nice trail meanders along the river and showcases all the different industrial businesses that once made Bethlehem an industrial powerhouse. Packed...  more »
  • The people are very knowledgeable and the tour is quite interesting. It has been restored beautifully. Learning about the water works and how they got the water to the town above was of particular.....  more
    The people are very knowledgeable and the tour is quite interesting. It has been restored beautifully. Learning about the water works and how they got the water to the town above was of particular.....  more »

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