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Colonial Industrial Quarter

Bethlehem, PA
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Ranked #3 of 13 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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English first
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225 reviews 225 reviews
172 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Golden, Colorado
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We walked through the historic structures and along the creek. Was great but you couldn't get away from the traffic noise.

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New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

The blacksmith shop was open today and we had the opportunity to see the smith in action. Very cool and amazing that these buildings have been preserved. The placards provided an excellent overview of the history. Who knew the Moravians were so important in America's history. Don't forget to stop upstairs to visit the gift shop - limited items like... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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737 attraction reviews
1,243 helpful votes 1,243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The Moravians settled in Bethlehem in 1741 and became self sufficient by developing this area to produce most things that the community needed. There are guided walking tours starting at the Visitors Center and also placards with information at some of the buildings. There is a tannery, springhouse, mill and waterworks. The area is near the Hotel Bethlehem.

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Edison, New Jersey
5 reviews 5 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Had about an hour before we had to head off somewhere and glad we stopped here to see the colonial buildings. Enjoyed learning the history of the area. When we went, the blacksmith shop was operating. Wished there were more detailed markings at the buildings so that we could learn more and that we could have see inside more of... More

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