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Bethel Village

June 8th, 2014

Bethel’s self-guided walking tour of Historic Bethel Village includes 39 historic homes and sites in Bethel spanning the 1770’s to the 1920’s. The sites and structures have been selected for their architecture, integrity and importance. 

Albert Stiles House, ca. 1852. This Carpenter Gothic house was the first balloon-frame house in Bethel, representing transition to modern construction.

Alpine House, ca. 1886 was built as a boarding house for summer visitors. The rear of the house has beautiful views of Grafton Notch.

Bethel Bait and Tackle

Civil War Monument

The Bethel Inn, ca 1912 combines the Colonial Revival and Craftsman styling.

Cole Block, ca. 1891 This massive structure with Queen Anne and Colonial Revival detailing was the center of commercial and social activity for many years.

Congregational Church, ca. 1847 This is an impressive Greek Revival church with Gothic Revival windows. The chapel on the left was added in 1892.

Edmund Merrill House, ca. 1874 exhibits elaborate Victorian work and a central tower at attic level. The Colonial Revival details were added after the Bethel Inn acquired it in 1937.

DiCocoa’s Bakery features healthy food for the soul, in a Victorian farmhouse on Main Street. It was very eclectic.

Flint Crommet House, ca. 1850 Greek Revival with three-window façade and well-defined gable with triangular attic window that’s interesting.

Gehring Clinic, ca. 1896 originally housed a nationally known center for nervous disorders. The structure displays Queen Anne and Colonial Revival characteristics. It is now being used as condo units.

Gould Academy, ca. 1836 There are several Neo-Classical buildings on campus. This building is the main administrative and classroom building.

Hammons House, ca. 1859 is a large “side-hall” Greek Revival residence. About 1925 the barn was converted to a theater and plays were presented by the patients of the Gehring Clinic.

Hastings House, ca. 1820 was owned by the local blacksmith and is still owned by a descendent. Originally a Federal period house, it displays alterations in the Greek Revival, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles.

Herrick House, ca. 1885 Queen Anne style house. I especially liked the widows-walk and fish-scale shingles on this house.

Bethel Hill Common once used for military drills is now used for town festivals and celebrations.

Bethel Inn Garages, ca. 1930 were used by the Bethel Inn guests to house their vehicles and chauffeurs until the 1960’s.

Methodist Church

Mount Zircon Lunch Stand behind Hastings House, ca. 1922 is an unusual example of early 20th century roadside architecture.

O’Neil Robinson House, ca. 1821 began as a Federal style house and was remodeled Italianate in 1881. The building now houses some of the Bethel Historical Society collections.

Chapman Inn, ca. 1830s served as a store and home. This Federal and Greek Revival house was the final residence of musician/composer William Chapman.

Samuel Philbrook House, ca. 1879 with it’s elaborate detailing and rooftop cupola, this large house is regarded as the finest example of Italianate style homes in Bethel. It’s now used for commercial business.

Purington Merrill House, ca. 1890 is an outstanding Queen Anne style residence. Note the unique spired cupola on the barn. This is my favorite of the homes on the tour.

Rowe Ames House, ca. 1850s is a side-hall home with Greek Revival trim, bracketed posts and jigsaw-cut front trim.

Rowe Opera House, ca. 1884 the Victorian structure was originally a store and public space. It now serves as condo units.

Smokin Good BBQ in the Good Food Store parking lot. Yes, I ate BBQ from this trailer. LOL

Sudbury Inn, ca. 1850s is a Queen Anne style small hotel that once belonged to the local shoemaker.

The Pines, ca. 1866 Greek Revival and Colonial Revival structure once served as a school house. It now houses Bethel Inn guests.

The Victoria House, ca. 1895 is the finest Queen Anne residence along Main street. It features a prominent round corner tower, bay windows and delicate wooden spindle work on the porch. It’s really beautiful in person.

Vogt House, ca. 1840s is a modest Greek revival home. The small dormers were added in the 1970s.

Wright Cottage Bingham House, ca. 1906 this shingle style cottage was owned by Bethel’s greatest benefactor as a summer residence. Colonial embellishments were added in the 1920s. Nice cottage!

 Art Horse

I saw this horse sculpture along Main Street and found it interesting.

Bethel Secret Entryways

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Tamara's Journeys

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