This morning I woke to a sunny, beautiful Maine day poised perfectly for a walking adventure. My self-guided walking tour began at the Bethel Historical Center that overlooks the Bethel Hill Commons.
Bethel, Maine was founded in 1768 as Sudbury, Massachusetts. Following the American Revolution the community grew and in 1769 it was incorporated as Bethel, meaning “House of God.”
Farming was the principal occupation early on, until the railroad came to town. The railroad made it possible for summer tourists from Boston, New York and other East Coast cities to enjoy the town’s natural setting and proximity to the White Mountain region.
Bethel has been a regional educational center with the Gould Academy, which was founded in 1836. From the 1890’s to the 1920’s Bethel was also the site of Dr. Gehring’s nationally famous clinic for people with nervous disorders. Bethel’s cultural life was also enriched by William Chapman who founded the Maine Music Festival that often brought in some of the world’s finest artists and orchestras to the area.
Please take the time to browse the Bethel Village photos on my site http://emiling.com Each photo includes and explanation for your enjoyment.