512 Amity Road
Bethany, CT 06524


The mission of the Bethany Historical Society (BHS) is to preserve the records and artifacts, and to educate the public about the history of Bethany from its agricultural beginnings to its present day status as a semi-rural commuter town. Located halfway between Waterbury and New Haven, Bethany was once an important stagecoach stop on the old county turnpike (route 63 today, mostly) that connected the old State House in New Haven with the courthouse in Litchfield. The town has a rich and varied history that includes some early iron working, rubber, and textile manufacturing, as well as dairy farming. BHS has held over 40 talks on a wide range of topics, such as the old Bethany Airport, one of the oldest in the country (now closed), bethany's early mills, our early local telephone exchange, our historic dairy farms, and much more. These well-attended slide lectures were videotaped and are available at the Bethany Library. We have received hundreds of individual donations of local history items over the years including photographs, letters, maps, farming tools, household items, clothing, and books, which have been incorporated into our history museum. BHS maintains a continuing program of annual events for the public, including Open House days at the Museum and at the Russell Homestead, and programs for school children to show and teach them some important facts about early life in Bethany. We also regularly publish books about various aspects of Bethany history.

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