Introduction to Bethel, Connecticut
Bethel was first settled in by Europeans in the early 1700s. The first houses here were constructed in the 1730s and 1740s. At that time, it was a parish of Danbury. The town of Bethel was officially incorporated in 1855. The word 'Bethel' means 'House of God.' The community was named after the biblical location and a number of places in Bethel are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bethel and nearby Attractions
- John Jay Homestead Historic Site
- Danbury Museum and Historical Society
- Military Museum of Southern New England
- Beardsley Zoological Gardens
- Captain's Cove Seaport
- Parloa Field
Things To Do In Bethel
Bethel offers easy access to the John Jay Homestead Historic Site and the Weir Farm National Historic Site, which was once the summer retreat of American painter J. Alden Weir. The town of Bethel offers some amazing recreational facilities at the local parks. In addition, one can plan a day trip to the Beardsley Zoological Gardens, the Captain's Cove Seaport or the Quassy Amusement Park.
Danbury Municipal is the nearest airport.
Bethel Higher Education
Western Connecticut State University and the University of Bridgeport offer opportunities for higher education.