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Bethlehem in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Butchery

1756

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2009
1. Butchery Marker
Inscription.
Newly slaughtered cattle provided fresh, or “green,” hides for the tanner to process into leather. The tannery stood directly to the south, or left; of the butchery so that these two industries could work together in Bethlehem.

Colonial travelers reported that the Moravians had one of the largest cattle-raising operations in Pennsylvania. The cattle provided meat for food and hides for leather, while the hair, horns, hoofs, and other parts were used to make products like upholstery and glue.

Although the slaughtering of livestock was one of the oldest industries along the Monocacy Creek, little is known about the building associated with it. Maps indicate that a slaughter house, or butchery, was located on this site from 1752 and the foundations exposed here may date from 1756.

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Erected by Historic Bethlehem, HistoryWorks!, and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
 
Location. 40° 37.213′ N, 75° 23.009′ W. Marker is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Touch for map. Marker is in the Colonial Industrial Quarter of Historic Bethlehem, about 150 feet east of the old stone bridge over the
Butchery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2009
2. Butchery Marker
Old stone bridge over the Monocacy Creek is in background.
Monocacy Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Bethlehem PA 18018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Luckenbach Mill (a few steps from this marker); Miller's House (a few steps from this marker); Dye House (within shouting distance of this marker); Springhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Tawery (within shouting distance of this marker); Bark Shed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First House of Moravian Settlement (about 400 feet away); Smith Complex (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethlehem.
 
Also see . . .  Colonial Industrial Quarter. (Submitted on January 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Butchery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2009
3. Butchery Marker
Tannery building in background.
Photo on Butchery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2009
4. Photo on Butchery Marker
The butchery was used as a dwelling in the late 1800s.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 685 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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