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Oct
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2:30 pm Whatever Wednesdays – 2:30-3:30p...
Whatever Wednesdays – 2:30-3:30p...
Oct 16 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Whatever Wednesdays - 2:30-3:30pm: For grades 3 and up. Different activity each week.
Whatever Wednesdays – 2:30-3:30pm: For grades 3 and up. Different activity each week. Homework help available too! 10/2    Halloween movie & popcorn 10/9     Drones 10/16   Cookie Decorating 10/23   Halloween Craft 10/30   Bingo (and candy!)
6:30 pm Transfer Station Committee Meeting
Transfer Station Committee Meeting
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm
Transfer Station Committee Meeting
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM P. O. Box 189, 2155 Main Street Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574 603 869-3351   AGENDA Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:30 PM TRANSFER STATION COMMITTEE Bethlehem Town Hall Meeting Room   Approval of[...]
Oct
17
Thu
12:00 pm Readers Café book discussion
Readers Café book discussion
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm
Readers Café book discussion
Readers Café book discussion—Thursday, October 17th Noon AND Saturday, October 19th 9am. This month: Educated by Tara Westover
2:30 pm Creative Kids (grades K-6)
Creative Kids (grades K-6)
Oct 17 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Creative Kids (grades K-6) @ Bethlehem Public Library | Bethlehem | New Hampshire | United States
Each week something different – Legos, crafts, STEm toys and more!
7:00 pm Geoffrey Brahmer Presents Life a...
Geoffrey Brahmer Presents Life a...
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
Geoffrey Brahmer Presents Life and Writings of Primo Levi
Geoffrey Brahmer Presents Life and Writings of Primo Levi October 17      Guest Speaker Geoffrey Brahmer appears in Bethlehem, NH, at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 17, in the Bethlehem Public Library with a PowerPoint presentation[...]

Visitors

Nestled in the beautiful White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire and surrounded by both National Forests and untouched wild beauty, Bethlehem is located just north of Franconia Notch, home to the famous “Old Man of the Mountain” and within a short driving distance of multiple well-loved ski resorts.

With a rich history full of destination travelers and “Grande Dame” hotels followed by many decades of subsequent quiet, the Town of Bethlehem is currently experiencing a renaissance. Although Bethlehem retains its small-town village flavor, it has become a home for many artists and musicians and has recently been marketed as an arts community.

Bethlehem residents enjoy and outstanding quality of life, with clean, fresh air and a great balance of year-round outdoor recreation and arts and culture. With a strong sense of community, Bethlehem offers old-fashioned festivals, outdoor concerts, ongoing art shows and live musical performances, amazing antique shopping, and beautiful inns and bed and breakfasts.

With snowmobile and cross country skiing trails running throughout town and both Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain within a 15-minute drive, Bethlehem is a great hub for all your winter sports. In the summertime, there are more hiking trails than you can count in a 360-degree radius around Bethlehem, and the Appalachian Trail is just up the road.

Catch an independent film at the Colonial Theatre, or explore village center on the First Friday of each month as multiple art centers welcome new artists. Ride the Cog Railway or enjoy gold at one of Bethlehem’s two golf courses. Take a dip in the town pool or grab a bite to eat at one of Bethlehem’s charming restaurants. Whatever your reason for visiting Bethlehem, we guarantee you will be pleasantly delighted at this unique community.

Bethlehem was first established in 1774 as Lloyd’s Hill, the last of the provincial land grants. This was probably because James Lloyd, for whom the town was named, was a loyalist. Voters elected to change the name to Bethlehem following the Revolution. This was done on the last Christmas Day of the century and the town was so incorporated on December 27, 1799.

In the early 1800’s Bethlehem was a way station for stage coaches traveling to Crawford Notch and Portland, Maine. Taverns and blacksmith shops lined Main Street to accommodate the steady stream of travelers passing through. The beauty of Bethlehem began to assert itself and people began to stay. As the numbers grew, settlers added to their farm incomes by taking in summer boarders and eventually building tourist homes. After the Civil War, Bethlehem emerged as a popular mountain resort known for its clean, crisp air. More than 30 luxury hotels and boarding houses catered to summer guests. Magnificent private cottages adorned the hillsides. Vacationers crowded the wooden sidewalks. In the evenings, a stroll on Main Street was a delight to the senses with tantalizing aromas from the hotel kitchens. Music from the dance bands carried through the air. Men and women in formal dress filled the streets with color.

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