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Bethlehem

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Bethlehem
State:
Connecticut
County:
Litchfield County
Probate District:
22
Year Established:
1739
Year Incorporated:
1787
Form of Government:
Selectman-Board of Finance-Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk
36 Main Street South
Bethlehem, CT 06751
(203) 266-7510
Research Hours: T-F - 9 a.m to Noon
Tuesday evenings 5:00 - 7:00
First & third Saturdays each month
9 am - 12 noon

Volumes must be requested, index available
Web Address:
www.ci.bethlehem.ct.us/

History Brief:
Land purchased from the Indians in 1710 became the North Purchase of Woodbury. In October 1739, the Court granted Parish status as Bethlem. A further part of adjoining Woodbury was added in May 1741 and the name became Bethlehem. Bethlehem was incorporated as a town in 1787. Town vital records begin 1787. Barbour collection records cover 1787-1851.
   
Other City Names (1)
Name:Bethlem
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Woodbury
 
Population (6)
Year:1800
Population:1134

Year:1850
Population:815

Year:1900
Population:576

Year:1950
Population:1015

Year:2000
Population:3422

Year:2010
Population:3607
 
Founding Families (18)
Surname:Avered

Surname:Clark

Surname:Dudley

Surname:Garnsey

Surname:Guitteau

Surname:Hill

Surname:Hooker

Surname:Kelsey

Surname:Lewis

Surname:Martin

Surname:Meigs

Surname:Munger

Surname:Porter

Surname:Smith

Surname:Steel

Surname:Strong

Surname:Thompson

Surname:Tyler
 
Cemeteries (3)
Name:Carmel Hill Cemetery
Location:Carmel Hill RD North

Name:Old Bethlehem Cemetery
Location:Bellamy LN

Name:Old Cemetery
Location:45 Kasson RD
 
Churches (3)
Name:Christ Church
Location:Main Street South
Website:christchurchbethlehem.com/

Name:Church of the Nativity
Location:48 East Street
Website:churchofthenativity-ct.org/

Name:First Church of Bethlehem UCC
Location:21 Main Street South
Website:www.uccwebsites.net/firstchurchofbethlehemct.html
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (5)
Name:Carmel Hill

Name:Hard Hill

Name:Munger Hill

Name:Nonnewaug Falls

Name:Woodcreek
 
Historical Locations (1)
Name:The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden
Location:9 Main Street North
 
Notable Citizens (2)
Name:Christine Baranski, Actress
Type:Contemporary

Name:David Leavitt, Financier
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (0)
No Data Available.
 
Schools (1)
Name:Bethlehem Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:92 East Street
Website:www.ctreg14.org/page.cfm?p=3345
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Bethlehem Public Library
Type:Current
Location:32 Main Street South
Website:www.ci.bethlehem.ct.us/library.htm
 
Published Histories (4)
Name:250 Years of the First Church of Bethlehem
Author:Linden, Marshall & Simerl, Linton E., editors
Date Published:1989
Publisher:VanAmberg Design Associates
Description:Full title: 250 Years of the First Church of Bethlehem; The History of the First Church of Bethlehem United Church of Christ

Name:Bethlehem: A Primer of Local History from the Beginning to 1876 with Addendum
Author:Old Bethlem Historical Society
Date Published:1976
Publisher:Old Bethlem Historical Society

Name:Bethlem in 1812
Author:Backus, Azel
Date Published:1961
Publisher:The Acorn Club of Connecticut
Description:reprint of treatise written 1812 by Azel Backus, pastor of the Bethlem Church

Name:History of Ancient Woodbury, Connecticut
Author:Cothren, William
Date Published:1977
Publisher:Genealogical Publishing Company
Description:Full title: History of Ancient Woodbury, Connecticut from the First Indian Deed in 1659 to 1854, Including the Present Towns of Washington, Southbury, Bethlem, Roxbury, and a Part of Oxford and Middlebury, first published in Waterbury, Conn. 1854. Chapter xii - History of Bethlehem Society & the Town of Bethlem
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:Bethlehem CT Genealogical Resources
Website Address:www.ci.bethlehem.ct.us/genealogy.htm
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Joseph Shupenis
Contact Data:36 Main Street South
Bethlehem, CT 06751

Name:Old Bethlem Historical Society
Contact Data:PO Box 132
Bethlehem, Ct 06751
(203) 266-5196
www.ci.bethlehem.ct.us/obhsi.htm
 
Vital Records (0)
No Data Available.
 





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