Episode 88 – Originally released December 2019
Last weekend I took the family to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a town about 90 minutes north of Philadelphia and known all over the country as Christmas Town (or Christmas City depending on with whom you speak!) Even Travel and Leisure magazine called Bethlehem the “most festive city in the entire country.”
In this episode, I’ll take you for a walk down Main St. in Bethlehem. While we walk, we’ll learn about the founders of this town, the history of the Moravian Church and Moravian star, a college that dates back to the mid-1700s, haunted hotels and haunted dormitories, because in Bethlehem, even the Christmas stories have ghosts!
Research sources include:
- The Lehigh Valley Press/Bethlehem Press
- Patch.com – Bethlehem, PA
- Historic Hotel Bethlehem
- The Central Moravian Church of Bethlehem
- The Moravian Church
- My Brilliant Star
- Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites
- Moravian College Blogs
- Monroe Historical – Moravian Star
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