Run in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, the Colonial Industrial is located in downtown Bethlehem and includes a number of historic sites. Many of these buildings are hundreds of years old and are now national historic landmarks. Among these sites to visit are the 1762 Water Works, the 1761 Tannery, the 1869 Luckenbach Mill, and Miller's House.
The 1762 Water Works was the first town water pump system in the country. This revolutionary system delivers clean water to residents, and the building housing this machinery is open for self-guided tours. Nearby, the tannery is also open for tours, which include a look at some of the items made at this location.
The 1869 Luckenback Mill is actually the third gristmill to be located on this site. Prior to its opening in 1869, the area was home to first a log structure, and then a limestone building. The mill continued to operate until the 1950s. It was fully restored in 1983, and is now home to the administrative offices of Historic Bethlehem. Next door, the Miller's House is also available for tour, and there are a number of ruins in the neighborhood where visitors can see the remnants of buildings that were once very important to the industry in colonial Bethlehem.
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