Communities: Bethlehem

Join us as we explore the rich history, fascinating people and events that have made Bethlehem, Pennsylvania what it is today. The Christmas City welcomes tens of thousands of visitors […]

Join us as we explore the rich history, fascinating people and events that have made Bethlehem, Pennsylvania what it is today.

The Christmas City welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every holiday season, but Bethlehem shines year round. Nestled in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, you’ll find a charming historic town responsible for creating many American firsts.

This city’s a find for anyone who loves those “did you know” type questions.  Did you know Bethlehem boasts the first Bach choir, and the first pumped municipal water system?  Did you know that the oldest girls school in the American colonies started here?

There’s a wealth of incredible things to know and experience in this extraordinary, ordinary town.

A small group of Moravians founded Bethlehem in 1741. The Protestant religious group’s work ethic set them apart. Buildings still remain from that era, and today Bethlehem maintains the finest collection of 18th century Germanic style architecture in the U.S.

While things thrived during the industrial revolution in the 1900’s, the city took a downturn in the seventies. Diversification, industrial parks and high tech businesses helped turn things around.

Musikfest, a ten-day music celebration generates business for the city too, and entertains about a million visitors each summer.

As we look to the future, developers hope their plan to build a casino and reuse former steel land will spark an even larger economic engine.

Go with us as we take you on a tour to meet the people, see the places and witness the events that experts say make this one of the best places to live in America. *

*Ranked according to Money Magazine among top 100 most livable places in America. 2006.