Guided Tours

Tour guides in Gemeinhaus Kitchen

Gemeinhaus

Explore the restored 1788 Gemeinhaus with an experienced tour guide. Bethabara’s 18th century Gemeinhaus, meaning “meeting house” in German, is the only German colonial church with attached minister’s living quarters remaining in the United States. The Gemeinhaus was not only a church, but also a town hall, school, and minister’s residence. Tour guides walk visitors through room-by-room, using the space and objects to tell Bethabara’s story. The tour includes a 15 minute video about the history of the Moravians at Bethabara. (Tours last approximately 1 hour.) 

Log House

Learn about colonial life through the eyes of a child. This tour is recommended to the young and young at heart. Unlike our Gemeinhaus Tour, visitors are encouraged to touch and play with the objects inside the Log House as an experienced tour guide shares the day-to-day lives of colonial children. Sweep the yard, gather eggs, try on colonial clothes, play colonial games, churn butter, and more on this family-friendly tour. The tour includes a 15 minute video about the history of the Moravians at Bethabara.

Tour Information

Tours typically last between 45 minutes to an hour, the cost for a tour is $4 for adults and $1 for students and children over 3 years of age. Tours are given during Visitor Center open hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Group Tours

Families and small groups can drop by during these hours for a tour. However, if you have a group of 15 or more or you are part of an organization, please call 336-924-8191 to schedule a tour in advance.

Photos

Photos are discouraged inside the Gemeinhaus due to the safety of the artifacts.