Discover Bethel CT a wonderful small charming town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are about 69 miles from New York City. The town of Bethel population was 18,584 according to the 2010 census.
Bethel was settled around 1700 . Church members such as Ebenezer Hickok, Lemuel Beebe, Isaac Hoyt, Thomas Starr, and Phineas Judd found it both difficult to travel to church in Danbury and when there, to get a seat. They petitioned the General Assembly to form two distinct ecclesiastical societies, the First and Second Congregational Societies, creating a new second parish in the eastern portion of Danbury. The new area was called Bethel (which means house of God).The first houses built in Bethel were in the 1730s or 1740s; they are located at 27 Grassy Plain Street and 63 Grassy Plain Street.
In 1760 – 71 people were members of the church. Bethel ran most of its affairs through the church.(Bethel’s first Congregational minister was Noah Wetmore) 1760 – Captain Benjamin Hickock built the house at 245 Greenwood Avenue and used it as a tavern. 1777 (April) – the city’s records were burned by the British in the British raid on Danbury. Late 1700s – P. T. Barnum’s grandfather built one of the town’s earliest hotels, the Barnum Tavern.
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