Bethlehem was named on Christmas Eve in 1741 by Moravian Missionaries from Germany. The preserved architectural integrity and planned community distinguished Historic Bethlehem from other colonial destinations. Learn about the Dozen Firsts in the American Colonies that were created by these industrious Moravians.
Learn what helps make Historic Bethlehem a compelling authentic colonial destination for heritage travelers.
Historic Bethlehem was named a “TOP 10 MAIN STREET” by USA TODAY in 2015.
The 1740’s Colonial Industrial Quarter became linked economically to the region and nation with the opening of the Canal System to Bethlehem in 1829.
We’re painting the Downtown green and kickin' off St. Patrick’s Day in a big way this year! Join us for Celtic-inspired week-long event!
Want to get a glimpse of our storied past housed in a modern-day interactive map? Experience a USA Today named Top 10 Main Street:
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