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Living In: Bethel


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Bethel is over 300 years old, having been settled in 1700. It has several houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the commercial and civic center of the town, the Greenwood Avenue Historic District is also on the register. It consists of 29 buildings, and the town green. The Bethel Historical Society is a great resource for more information on the history of the area. Living in Bethel has the best of both worlds, according to many of it's residents. It's 69 miles from NYC, giving you access to a vibrant and lively major city and it's cultural scene. At the same time, the small town character of the area is a welcome relief from modern life. The wonderful downtown has a number of great shops and restaurants, while just outside of town lies beautiful nature preserves and parks. Historic architecture and a rich history give the town character, and yet all the modern conveniences can be found in town, or nearby. For nature lovers, the Bethel Sycamore is one of the largest trees in Connecticut, with a height of 125 feet and a trunk that is over 23 feet around. A number of farms and orchards are located outside of the commercial district, and the town itself has taken steps to preserve open space in the form of parks, nature preserves, trails and even a boardwalk through a swampy area that leads to a meadow. A number of community events are held throughout the year. There is a farmer's market, community market, garden tours, BrewFest, Halloween celebrations, tree lighting and WinterFest, SummerFest and much more. Bethel has over two dozen restaurants, and over 50 shops and businesses to visit. Live performers can be caught at selected venues as well. Four hotels make visiting Bethel, whether for a weekend, or an extended stay, convenient. Residents enjoy an active lifestyle, with hiking and cycling being popular. The Parks and Recreation Department offers over 70 programs for children and adults. The Senior Center is also one of the most active in the area. The schools are all located on a central campus near the center of town. They have won numerous awards for educational excellence. The Metro-North Railroad has a stop in Bethel, taking you south to points in Westchester County and NYC. Interstate 84 is nearby for those who wish to commute by car.

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  • Anna H Rockwell School
  • Bethel Middle School
  • Center School
  • Circle Of Friends School
  • Grassy Plain School
  • Plumtrees School
  • Ralph M T Johnson School

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