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“Just buildings” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Colonial Industrial Quarter

Colonial Industrial Quarter
Ranked #13 of 39 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.
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“Just buildings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

It was interesting to see the old building and the blacksmith. We went during blueberry season, the only blueberry we could find was blueberry beer, but overall a nice day. Bethlehem brew works on the corner, was really good.

Visited July 2014
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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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Mount Airy, NC
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7 attraction reviews
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“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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1,442 reviews
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“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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30 attraction reviews
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“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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