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Bethlehem Timeline — 1775 through 1799
1777 Brethren's House used as a hospital for soldiers of the Revolution. Marquis de La Lafayette recovers from wounds received at Brandywine; General Pulaski visits the town.
1782 General Washington is a guest at The Sun Inn.
1785 Boarding School for Girls opened to any denomination.
1789 First complete orchestra, under the leadership of Emmanuel Nitschman.
1792 First street lighting: oil lamps, turned out at 10 PM.
1798 Bethlehem's population is 601.
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Excerpted in part from: Cressman, Austin M. Historical Bethlehem 1741-1950. c1941.