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Bethlehem Timeline — 1741 through 1774
1741 Land acquired from William and Margaret Allen, first house built, and settlement named by Count Zinzendorf during a Christmas Eve service.
1742 First entry in the Bethlehem Diary, June 17th.
1744 First school for girls established in the Bell House; oldest school for girls in the country.
1750 First school for boys established.
1752 Indian House and Chapel built for Native American converts.
1754 First water works in Pennsylvania.
1758 The Sun Inn built; owned and managed by Moravians up to 1830.
1763 Moravian indians ordered to Philadelphia by the colonial government.
1773 Dr. John Matthew Otto introduced innoculation for small pox epidemic.
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Excerpted in part from: Cressman, Austin M. Historical Bethlehem 1741-1950. c1941.