Come to Downtown Bethlehem and explore 20 historic sites and the 18th-century architecture. A National Historic Landmark District, Bethlehem boasts a history in rich culture and tradition.
Moravian Bethlehem landmark district was named to the U.S. Tentative list for World Heritage consideration in 2017.
Historic Bethlehem has carefully preserved its past and our community's authenticity is felt in every corner of the Historic District. Scroll through this detailed timeline to unravel Bethlehem's storied history and see how our town's rich heritage spans three centuries of history and culture.
The warmth and hospitality of charming Bethlehem make for an ideal getaway, whether you’re traveling as a couple, with friends or as a family group.
Earliest Industrial Park in America’s original 13 Colonies
Largest 18th Century log building in continuous use in America
Moravian University was the first to educate women
Oldest continuously operating apothecary in the U.S. when it closed in the 1950s
First school to teach Native American Languages
Oldest continuously operating bookstore in the world
First documented Christmas Tree in America decorated with apples, candles, and bible verses in the Gemeinhaus
Oldest continuously operated Town Clock in America
Oldest continuous Trombone Choir
First municipal pumped water system in America
Oldest Bach Choir in America
First National Register Historic District in Pennsylvania
We are excited to welcome you to our beloved city and share our sites and history through our many programs, and most importantly, our wonderful tours!
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