Learn about farm life and the history of old Bethlehem at Burnside Plantation in PA! This historic site dates back to the mid 18th-century. Today, it remains one of the most popular attractions in Bethlehem. During your trip to Sayre Mansion, don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of the best educational spots in town!
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Pay a Visit to Burnside Plantation in PA
The History of Burnside Plantation
In 1748, James Burnside purchased a 500-acre tract of land in what is now known as Old Bethlehem, PA. Three years later, he sold 200 of those acres to a group of Moravians. Fast forward to 1986, when Lehigh County purchased the plantation with the goal of restoring it and turning it into a living history resource.
Today, visitors to Burnside Plantation can tour the historic buildings, including the original house called the Little Cot. This two-story residence was built with rubble stone and brick arches with a sloped back roof giving the building a saltbox appearance. The house was later expanded in 1810 with the addition of rooms and the roof was raised to accommodate a granary. The log barn, stable, and smokehouse that originally accompanied the farmhouse are no longer present. However, the property also boasts a summer kitchen, wagon shed, and corncrib, all of which were added in the 1820s. Another thing you need to make sure you see while at Burnside Plantation is one of the nation’s only functional high horsepower wheel. A new building, the Haas Barn, was erected in 2001 and houses an activity center.
Activities and Events at Burnside Plantation
Each year Burnside Plantation plays host to some special events and activities. There are educational programs for youth at the Back to Your Roots Activity Center. There are also major events that take place at the plantation each year. Each July locals and visitors alike look forward to the Burnside Plantation Blueberry Festival, known as The Sweetest Festival of the Summer. Enjoy amazing blueberry confections like pies, strudel, coffee cake, and blueberry swirled vanilla ice cream at the Historic Bethlehem Desert Tent. Attendees can also tour the property and gardens, see craft vendors and exhibits, or partake in the pie eating contest!
In September yet another great event happens at the plantation. The Burnside Plantation Apple Days gives patrons the opportunity to shop for locally made goods, vintage finds, and rare gifts. There is also an impressive array of apple treats including cider, pies, and other baked goods. Or enjoy fresh produce, wagon rides, games, crafts, and more!
Stay at Sayre Mansion
Just six minutes away from Burnside Plantation, PA, is the beautiful and historical Sayre Mansion. Our stunning accommodations are the perfect place to end your busy day. We have an incredible selection of rooms and suites, each renovated from the original mansion.
Consider booking Room 21 for your vacation. This room was once part of the library of Robert Sayre, the original owner of the Mansion. It’s decorated in rich golds and reds and features a king bed, writing desk, and cable TV.
Check our availability and book your room today! We look forward to having you.