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A Bit of Bethlehem History

This Historic town can claim its beginnings with William Penn who came into possesion of the Province on March 4, 1681 and soon after published an account of it, offering easy terms of lands therein.

Most of Bethlehem's history can be traced at the Moravian Museum, a National Historic Landmark. Housed in the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the oldest building standing in Bethlehem, the museum features twelve exhibit rooms that demonstrate the life of the early Moravians.

Interesting facts about Bethlehem

Bethlehem is located 340 feet above sea level.

The Sun Inn, dating to 1758, was one of the best places for room and board in the 13 original colonies. George Washington was a guest, along with a "Who's Who" of early American patriots.

The St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing is the second oldest in continuous operation in the United States.

Moravian Bookstore is the oldest continuous-running book shop in America.

Bethlehem is the first city in the Pennyslvania to define the boundaries of its historical district and establish a Historical and Architectural Review Board to examine plans for change in the district.

The Moravian Seminary was founded in 1745.

Bethlehem had the first girls' boarding school in the United States, which opened on October 19, 1743.

Bethlehem is the largest city in the Lehigh Valley encompassing 19.7 square miles.

Bethlehem has the softest water in Pennyslvania with only 14 parts per million (ppm) of hardening elements.

The city's watershed in the Pocono Mountains totals 37 square miles, or nearly twice as large as the city of Bethlehem.

Always time for a visit with my sister

My sister and her family call Bethlehem their home. I'll be back

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  • Pros:A really nice historical town
  • In a nutshell:A historical town where my sister and her family live!
  • Last visit to Bethlehem: Nov 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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