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Bethlehem Unveils Heritage Trail

May 02, 2012 12:53PM

 

Historic Bethlehem Partnership (HBP) has announced the launch of its new Heritage Trail. The 80-stop trail winds its way through the north, south and west side of Bethlehem, tying together the evolution of the City of Bethlehem from a small Moravian enclave to one of the best 100 communities in which to live today. 

The 10.9 mile, self-guided tour allows participants to walk, run, bike or hike throughout three centuries of Bethlehem history. The historic Heritage Trail is divided into six links including Moravian Founders, Monocacy Valley, Westward Expansion, Victorian Bethlehem, Farmlands to Industry and The Steel. “We are fortunate to have two national historic landmarks in Bethlehem—the 1741 Gemeinhaus, possibly the largest 18th century log structure in continuous use in the U.S, and the 1762 Waterworks, the first pumped municipal water system in America,” says Charlene Donchez Mowers, president of HBP. Both landmarks are stops along the Trail.

The tour is available on digital recorders and iPods at the Historic Bethlehem Visitors Center, 505 Main Street, Bethlehem, and online at HistoricBethlehem.org. 

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