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Colonial Industrial Quarter

Bethlehem, PA
610-691-0603
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Ranked #9 of 14 Attractions in Bethlehem
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Description: A tannery, mill and the first waterworks in the Colonies are part of this historic neighborhood.
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Albany, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Several building to explore and paths to walk to see some areas of Historic Bethlehem. We started a pre-wedding 5 k in this area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

It was interesting to see the old building and the blacksmith. We went during blueberry season, the only blueberry we could find was blueberry beer, but overall a nice day. Bethlehem brew works on the corner, was really good.

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Rhode Island
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I really enjoyed learning about the different industrial buildings used by the early Moravians. The working blacksmith in period garb is a very nice addition. However, they desperately need grant money to finish reconstructing the buildings and clean the signs. It's a nice, free place to wander. Warning: In the summer, the sun is very strong and hot. There's not... More

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Mount Airy, NC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Clustered along the Monocacy Creek, the massive stone structures give you the sense that the miller might step through the door at any moment or that a gaggle of ladies might pass you on the way to the dye house. You can read about history and how the people managed their town or about the industries they built but until... More

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Top Contributor
372 reviews 372 reviews
289 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I was a bit disappointed buy this site after it was mentioned in my 1000 Places to See US Edition as the buildings are just buildings, except for the blacksmith's shop. There are signs explaining what each building was, but if you have been to historic city (I have been to many), you have seen similar if not better examples... More

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Rising Sun, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I have visited here before, but this time the Blacksmith was working in the Blacksmith building. This was quite a wonderful experience to see him work. We sat and watched him make a hook. He is also very knowledgable about the history so it was very nice talking to him and learning a little more history. This is my 3rd... More

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We enjoyed walking around the industrial quarter. It took some effort to figure out where to go and honestly, there were only a few signs to explain the location but if you enjoy history, I think that its worth the trip. As you get to the top of the hill, youll find an information center and some shops that may... More

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Smithfield, Utah
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The Moravians have done a great job preserving, restoring and documenting these old buildings. The descriptive plaques are truly fascinating reading. A comfortable stroll through the past. Take the time to enjoy it.

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Roxbury, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Our planned activity for the day didn't start until 10, so we were looking for something to pass the time. Found this online and decided to give it a try. A little buggy, but otherwise, a nice walk, interesting buildings and great history.

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Springfield, Pennsylvania
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Historic Bethlehem is a very nice place to visit. We went early in the morning when everything was closed. It was just nice to see some history. Later in the day everything is open. I do not know if you have to pay when it is open, but we did not have to in the early morning. Afterwards, go walk... More

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