A walking tour acquaints you with the city around you, helping you avoid disaster during future scavenger hunts and upcoming bouts of amnesia. Today’s Groupon gets you one hour of steps closer: for $6, you get one admission to the "Death and Dying" walking tour from Historic Bethlehem Partnership (a $12 value for adults, kids 6–12 can come along for $6, and kids under 6 are free). Tours step off from the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem Tuesdays–Sundays at 3:30 p.m.
By preserving historical sites and collecting artifacts, Historic Bethlehem Partnership brings the town's history to life. During the hourlong “Death and Dying” walking tour, a living, certified guide dressed in historical garb leads warm-blooded guests through Bethlehem's historical district, using key stops as talking points for Moravian post-mortem philosophy. Central to the tour is the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the town's oldest building, which now houses a museum detailing early communal life in Bethlehem. Sauntering past the Old Chapel, visitors can admire the structure's centuries-old architecture as they learn about funeral practices and other afterlife activities. Amongst the audible but deadly encounters, tour-goers will also be able to traverse God's Acre, the town's first cemetery and the place where Bethlehem's friendliest ghosts gather up, gossip, and swap anti-aging beauty tips.
This Groupon expires October 31, 2010.
Historic Bethlehem Partnership
Founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by a small group of Moravian settlers and christened “Christmas City, USA” in 1937, Bethlehem shines a light on the past with year-round guided tours and museum exhibits. The 10.9-mile Heritage Trail snakes through 80 historic stops, including two National Historic Landmark and the National Historic Landmark Districts of Historic Moravian Bethlehem as well as Victorian-era homes. On historic walks, guides lead tour groups through the now-defunct site of Bethlehem Steel, the city’s oldest cemetery, and the 1762 Waterworks, known as the first municipally pumped water system in the country.
The Kemerer Museum Of Decorative Arts is one of only 15 of its kind in the country. And located inside the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem curates a collection of exhibits about the town’s settlers, including their missionary work, education system, and medical technique—a wealth of information that's earned the museum the title of Best Historic Spot on the Lehigh Valley’s Happening List.
66 W Church St
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