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Burnside Plantation, Bethlehem

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3.7/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
The Burnside Plantation is a 6.5acre plantation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It is also known as the James Burnside Plantation and Lerch Farm. The plantation is located southeast of the intersection with Eaton Road, on Schoenersville Road.HistoryJames Burnside bought a 500acre tract of land from John Stephen Benezet in 1748. Burnside sold a group of Moravians in 1751. In 1758, Burnside's widow sold the remaining to the Moravian Church. The Church leased the plantation to individual farmers from 1765 to 1845. The plantation was sold to Charles A. Luckenbach, who sold it to William Lerch in 1853. It stayed in the Lerch family until 1928, when it sold and was divided between the Hafleighs and the Birks. Lehigh County bought the plantation in 1986 and leased it into a private corporation "to restore, develop, and manage as a living and natural history resource". It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 1990. The museum is an affiliate within the Smithsonian Affiliations program.
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  • Stopped by for their Apple Days Festival. Was disappointed by how small the event was given the amount of advertising of it. Probably about 12 vendor tents, and some additional permanent displays spen...  read more »
  • I lived in the valley for years & never realized that this was here until recently! Who knew that there was a tranquil green space like this in the shadow of one of the area's tallest (although shutte...  read more »
  • I enjoyed the gardens most of all. Not everything was open at the time of our visit, so there wasn't much to see, but we had a very nice, shaded walk through and around the grounds. 
  • This place requires the use of their selected vendors for anything you want to have there. The vendors they have listed have been selected because they have agreed to give a 10% cut of all money to the historical society, not because of the quality of their services or products. I was a vendor presented with their outlandish requirements and opted out as I thought it was unethical to require a money from a vendor. The cost shouldn't be hidden to clients and taken on the back end from the vendor. If you want to charge more, than charge your client more, don't make the vendor do it for you. This seems more like organized crime than a historical society.
  • Only the name is blueberry. Biggest waste of time.
  • This is not where Burnside Plantation is located. Love the Plantation though and it is a great place to visit!
  • If you enjoy the outdoors, gardens, history or walking Burnside is definitely worth a visit.
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