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“Intersting but in Need of Refurbishing”

Colonial Industrial Quarter
Ranked #13 of 40 things to do in Bethlehem
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Owner description: A tannery, mill and the first waterworks in the Colonies are part of this historic neighborhood.
Rhode Island
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74 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Intersting but in Need of Refurbishing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 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 much shade.

Visited June 2014
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34 reviews from our community

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English first
Mount Airy, NC
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Walk Into History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 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 you walk among the buildings, listening to the creek and the birdsong with the noises of modern traffic muffled by trees and distance you don't really get a sense of the scope of it.

Wear good shoes for walking/hiking. The blacksmith shop (which usually has a smith working on weekends) is at street level next to historic Hotel Bethlehem and across from the Moravian Bookshop. The rest is at creek level down a good 60 feet.

Visited May 2014
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1,595 reviews
1,215 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 564 helpful votes
“Just Buildings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 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 of the buildings. Go if you are in Bethlehem; it is worth a few minutes of your time.

Visited December 2013
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Rising Sun, Maryland
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69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Worth the visit, 3rd time is a charm!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 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 visit to Bethlehem and was really happy to see the Blacksmith open and working!

Visited November 2013
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not a lot of info but still very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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 be of interest as well.

Visited October 2013
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