All attractions are less than a half an hour walk or short drive from Lehigh’s campus. Visit some of the sites that grew with and around Lehigh’s community.
Nisky Hill Cemetery and H.D.’s Grave Site Only a short trip across the Fahy Bridge (a ten minute walk from campus) rests Bethlehem’s renowned poet, Hilda Doolittle. Nisky Hill is open to the public during daylight hours and is the final resting place of many historical figures from Bethlehem. Though flush to the ground, H.D.’s grave is usually adorned with many seashells and flowers—a tradition that harkens back to the poet’s favored image.
Banana Factory: Bethlehem’s Art Center “This complex assembled from six buildings, including a former banana distribution warehouse, is the home to ArtsQuest’s visual arts education programs. It includes 30 studio artists, three galleries and multiple classrooms. It’s also home to Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (which offers dance, drama and voice education to students ages 6 to 18), the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Santa Bannon Fine Art.”
SteelStacks: Re-imagined History “SteelStacks is a ten-acre campus dedicated to arts, culture, family events, community celebrations, education and fun. Once the home plant of Bethlehem Steel, the second largest steel manufacturer in the nation, the site has been reborn through music and art, offering more than 1,000 concerts and eight different festivals annually.”
Moravian Bookstore: The Oldest Bookstore in the Country “The Moravian Book Shop was founded in 1745 when the Moravian Church appointed Samuel Powell of the Church's Crown Inn on the South Side of the Lehigh River to operate a book store. After several locations, the Moravian Book Shop was moved to the church's publications building near the Central Moravian Church in 1871. Today, the Moravian Book Shop's Bethlehem location is this same site on Historic Main Street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.” Walk right across the street to see and explore the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.