Burnside Plantation (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

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Burnside Plantation
Burnside Plantation Farmhouse 01.JPG
Burnside Plantation Farmhouse. June 2013.
Burnside Plantation (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Burnside Plantation (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
Location 1461 Schoenersville Road,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°37′52″N 75°23′22″W / 40.63111°N 75.38944°W / 40.63111; -75.38944Coordinates: 40°37′52″N 75°23′22″W / 40.63111°N 75.38944°W / 40.63111; -75.38944
Area 6.5 acres (2.6 ha)
Architectural style Federal,
Vernacular Germanic
NRHP Reference # 90000705[1]
Added to NRHP May 2, 1990

The Burnside Plantation is a 6.5-acre (2.6 ha) plantation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It is also known as the James Burnside Plantation and Lerch Farm.[1] The plantation is located 0.2 miles (0.32 km) southeast of the intersection with Eaton Road, on Schoenersville Road.


James Burnside bought a 500-acre (200 ha) tract of land from John Stephen Benezet in 1748.[2] Burnside sold 200 acres (81 ha) a group of Moravians in 1751. In 1758, Burnside's widow sold the remaining 300 acres (120 ha) to the Moravian Church. The Church leased the plantation to individual farmers from 1765 to 1845. The plantation was sold to Charles A. Luckenbach, who sold it to William Lerch in 1853. It stayed in the Lerch family until 1928, when it sold and was divided between the Hafleighs and the Birks. Lehigh County bought the plantation in 1986 and leased it into a private corporation "to restore, develop, and manage [it] as a living and natural history resource". It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 1990.[2] The museum is an affiliate within the Smithsonian Affiliations program.[3]


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  1. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved September 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Osborn, Rachel B (December 5, 1989). "Burnside Plantation" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. Retrieved September 21, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc.". Affiliate detail. Smithsonian Affiliations. 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 

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