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Burnside Plantation, Bethlehem

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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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  • We have been to Burnside many times for quiet afternoon retreats as well as the exciting Blueberry Fest in mid July. Our schools' third graders also visit here for field trips about Colonial life. It'...  more »
  • We went for the apple and the blueberry festivals. Such a nice old time way to spend the day. Leave your cell phone behind and step back in time! Awesome!!!  more »
  • The Burnside Plantation is an actual farm that was started many years ago by the Moravian people who moved into Bethlehem. The buildings are original and historical in nature. Th property was once a w...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing place for events
  • 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.