Colonial Industrial Quarter

Colonial Industrial Quarter (HMHVT)

Location: Bethlehem, PA 18018 Northampton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 37.165', W 75° 22.953'

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1741 - 1800

"They have carried the mechanical Arts to greater Perfection here than in any Place which I have seen."
John Adams to Abigail Adams
April, 1777

Early Industrial History
By 1745, only four years after they founded Bethlehem (1741), the Moravians, a modern Protestant religious group from Germany, had established 35 different crafts, trades, and industries in their community. Many of these industries were located here along the Monocacy Creek, an area now called the Colonial Industrial Quarter.

Waterpower Proves Essential
Moravian craftsmen used the power of the Monocacy Creek to turn waterwheels that moved equipment to grind grain, pump water, full cloth, press flax seeds, grind bark, and soften hemp. These industries were important because they helped make early Bethlehem a nearly self-sufficient community and enabled the Moravians to support their extensive missionary activities. Productivity here reached its peak between the 1770s and 1800.
Placed ByHistoric Bethlehem, HistoryWorks!, and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 4:15am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 467642 N 4496580
Decimal Degrees40.61941667, -75.38255000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 37.165', W 75° 22.953'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 37' 9.90" N, 75° 22' 57.18" W
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Area Code(s)267, 610, 484
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Ohio Rd, Bethlehem PA 18018, US
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