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“Not worth the cash”

Burnside Plantation
Ranked #10 of 44 things to do in Bethlehem
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Owner description: Part of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, this beautiful 6.6 acre farm in the city features The homestead of James Burnside, an integral part of the Moravian farming system. Situated in a idyllic park, along the Monocacy Creek, the property contains the 18th and 19th-century farmhouse and summer kitchen, a large garden, two barns, and other outbuildings. Burnside is home to one of the few high horse powered wheels in the country!
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We went to the Burnside Plantation for the Blueberry Festival and I was very disappointed. For a family of three, we paid $20 (and I believe we could have just entered a different way and paid nothing). Once we got in, the majority of tents were people trying to sell things. Nearly everything at the festival that was interesting in any way required an additional fee. Few of the vendors had blueberry anything. By the time we had gone through all the booths and hoped to do the house tour and then leave, the wait for the house tour was over an hour long and we had no desire to wait. If they want to improve this festival, they need to charge no admission and just charge for the house tour, etc. or add 3-4 more people doing the tours so that there is no or little wait to get in. They also should add some free blueberry pie or blueberry tasting without an additional charge. I just paid $20 to have some guy try to sell me siding for my house, I shouldn't have to pay an additional $3 for pie.

5  Thank Corissa R
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We heard an advertisement for the Blueberry festival being held at the Burnside Plantation and decided to attend. The Plantation is one of the historic sites in Bethlehem PA. The farmhouse housed the implements that were used to extract the wheat from the sheaves and the progress made through the years for simplifying the process. There were a number of booths selling all manner of items made with blueberries. A booth with brewers from the area demonstrated how beer is brewed. The visit was an interesting one.

3  Thank Michael201465
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

I've been traveling to Bethlehem for more than a decade and I never knew this little gem was here! It's tucked back in the trees and along a creek. Locals bring their dogs to run. The police department house their horses here and the story the docents interpret is interesting and interactive.

1  Thank Kathy R
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Lived our tour of Burnside plantation our wonderful guide gave us a very informative tour. It's beautiful scenery topped off our trip to Bethlehem. This is a piece of history that could have been lost forever but has been lovingly restored. You can even have your own plot of land to garden Very cool!!

1  Thank masttrim
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Majestic scenery and rustic buildings make a beautiful backdrop for a day trip to historic Bethelehem. This is 1 of many sites adminstered by Historic Bethlehem Patnership. The house is a wonderfully interesting example of early Moravian and Pennsylvania heritage. It includes the residence (a must-see tour) of James Burnside and his family, a farmhouse, summer kitchen (another must-see, especially during Colonial cooking demonstrations). I visited during the Blueberyy Festival, which is very enjoyable famliy fun.

1  Thank Adam C
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