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Impressive early industry.

Historic Bethlehem were running two tours when we were in town - one for this area and one for the... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Pre revolutionary settlement

Went day while travelling through the city of bethlehem. You can feel the vibrant energy of a small... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2018
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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A tannery, mill and the first waterworks in the Colonies are part of this historic neighborhood.
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

Historic Bethlehem were running two tours when we were in town - one for this area and one for the buildings on the hill where the first settlers lived (and died. The cemetery is well worth a look. Graves date back to the 1700 hundreds.)....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Went day while travelling through the city of bethlehem. You can feel the vibrant energy of a small town settlement. The forge was open with a blacksmith day reharsal. The industrial quarter must be busy at that era.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

The early settlers here were the Moravians. It was interesting to learn from a plaque that this area was one of America’s earliest centers for Industry. The Quarter is part of the Heritage Trail. There are 12 buildings in this peaceful place. None of them...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

This area was the original settlement area for the Moravians. These buildings are the real deal where they tanned and made leather and leather goods, milled grains, and even had a water wheel that was the city's first water pumping system that worked well into...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Adelle M, Manager at Colonial Industrial Quarter, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Shelly, We're excited to hear that you're exploring and enjoying all of what Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites has to offer! The Colonial Industrial Quarter is an amazing area that showcases early Moravian technological advancements and ingenuity! We hope to see you there at our...More

Reviewed 18 December 2017

Buildings dating back to the 1700s, with signs describing what they were for. Remnants of a dammed river to power the industry, as well as what is said to be the first pumped running water system in the US. Most of the buildings were closed...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

The Moravians were an industrious, clever and open minded Christian sect that first Settled Bethlehem. The industrial quarter is a testament to their ingenuity (the first public water system in the Colonies, they separated the drinking water from the water used by industry, and pumped...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Well Kept reconstructed colonial industrial buildings, located rear of Hotel Bethlehem. Buy a guide book at the visitors center on Main Street. The only building open and with a live demonstration was the blacksmith shop. We had a very interesting discussion with the blacksmith. They...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank DJMAN5
Reviewed 27 January 2017

We walked through the area while in town over the holidays. Very nice, well kept, and interesting to learn about. Make sure you try and go when some of the buildings are open or there are demonstrations going on. It really adds something special to...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Hannah K
Reviewed 17 October 2016

On a whim, I walked down to the Colonial Industrial Quarter and the adjacent public park by the river. Very pretty area and a nice place to walk and enjoy nice weather. I didn't get the chance to go into the historical buildings here, but...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Connecticutguy
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Maybe not the biggest fanciest site in Bethlehem, this one comes close to its heart and soul. Its a very old town, and visiting the oldest area is a must. Do it on a nice day and combine with a stroll or picnic. Then wander...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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