Sunday, July 11, 2010

Burnside Plantation

A family emergency will keep me away from gardening and blogging for a while. I’ll keep reading my favorite blogs and answering comments. I hope to get back to the garden and blog world soon.

But I want to mention Burnside Plantation 25th Annual Blueberry Festival July 17 and 18. The annual affair features tours, demonstrations, music, crafts and kids fun. The pie eating contest ends with kid’s blueberry covered faces and delighted smiles. For a complete list of activities click here.
I visited the Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem in May. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the plantation is a look into the past. James Burnside bought 500 acres 1748. The grounds and buildings are lovingly restored. An entertaining overview of the farm for school age children (and the rest of us) is located here.

17th and 18th century house and vegetable garden. The garden is cared for by a league of volunteers organized through the Historic Bethlehem Partnership.

The walking trail below the gardens and next to the Monocacy Creek leads to downtown Bethlehem

Bethlehem Police Department horses are kept in the large barn near the house and gardens.

Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners have set up a pollinator demonstration garden. There is lot to explore in this small garden including the turtle shape, a crisscross path, a kid’s tunnel and simple bee hives. Signs help teach the story of pollination.

The blueberry festival is an enjoyable way to spend a summer day, soak up local history – and taste some delicious blueberry pie.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Marie, what beautiful place you've featured in this post! Lush, green pictures! I wish the best to you and your family, and I will be praying for you.

Marie said...

Thank you Tatyana. We are working through this one day at a time. I appreciate your well wishes very much.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

So sorry to hear you have had a family emergency. I do hope that everything turns out well, and you are back to blogging soon.

The Plantation looks like an amazing place. So interesting to be able to visit and feel like you are stepping back into the past.

donna said...

Dear Marie, many positive thoughts going your way regarding the family emergency. You'll be missed by me and many others. My parents are requiring more and more attention and that's one of the things keeping me away from blogland. My dad will have surgery on Monday morning.

It would be an absolute delight to see the kids participating in the blueberry pie eating contest. Makes me smile to think about it.

Warm hugs,


Marie said...

Thanks MG,
It is a stressful time but we are doing OK - taking it day by day. I hope to be back in the garden soon.

Marie said...

I truly appreciate your well wishes. Mom is feeling better. We have a lot of details to take care of. I wish your dad well through the surgery.

I missed the blueberry festival this year. The kids' blueberry faces are a sight to behold!