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Our Purpose   

The principal objects and purposes for which this Corporation was formed are Charitable and Educational including, but not limited to:


  • Ensure the long-term sustainability of the former Archibald Johnston Estate through preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of all lands, physical features and outbuildings located in the City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township and Northampton County, Pennsylvania.


  • Expand knowledge of the achievements and historical significance of Archibald Johnston, the first mayor of the unified Bethlehem and a president of the Bethlehem Steel Company.


  • Build on the efforts of Archibald Johnston as a unifying figure through the formation of a park that unites city, township and county properties.


  • Preserve and sustainably reuse Johnston’s Camel’s Hump Farms, the first cooperative farm in Northampton County, as a working farm in its historic use


  • Enhance the livability of the Bethlehem area and improve the quality of life of its citizens, through the unification of the four separately owned estate parcels which include: the Archibald Johnston Conservation Area, the Janet Johnston Housenick and William D. Housenick Memorial Park, The Archibald Johnston Preserve, and the Camel's Hump Farm on the Johnston Estate.

Our Guiding Principle   

The Friends of Johnston are guided by the principles of our generous benefactors, the Johnston family, in the development of the estate for:


"charitable, educational and scientific purposes, as well as the promotion, protection, preservation, conservation, maintenance and enhancement of the park." 


                                                                           ~ From the Will of Janet Johnston Housenick

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