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Bethel has small town charm, an active historical society, and a walkable downtown offering a variety of restaurants.

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A small New England town formed in 1855, and located in northern Fairfield County. Bethel lies 60 miles northeast of New York City and 50 miles southwest of Hartford. A town of more than 18,000 people on over 17 square miles. Bethel has a small town charm, an active community calendar of events, walkable downtown offering a variety of restaurants, and an active historical society.

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Facts about Bethel

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated 1855.

Named from:

  • Hebrew: House of God.

County:

  • Fairfield

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Phineas Taylor Barnum (P.T. Barnum), founder of the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus.

Top Attractions:

  • Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant; in operation since 1948, a great nostaligic time still serving burgers and is now a town landmark.
  • Blue Jay Orchards; pick-your-own apple farm and pumpkin patch in the fall.
  • Hollandia Nursery; more than 20 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens, barns, greenhouses, giant gazebos, and quaint shops.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Community Market, June-September.
  • Summer Concert Series, July-August.
  • SummerFest, July.
  • Trunk or Treat Street Halloween Bash, October.
  • WinterFest & Tree Lighting Ceremony, November.

Quality of the town/city:

  • A small New England town formed in 1855, and located in northern Fairfield County. Bethel lies 60 miles northeast of New York City and 50 miles southwest of Hartford. A town of more than 18,000 people on over 17 square miles. Bethel has a small town charm, an active community calendar of events, walkable downtown offering a variety of restaurants, and an active historical society.

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