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Bethel in Windsor County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death / United Church Of Bethel

 
 
Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, May 20, 2017
1. Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death Marker
Inscription.

Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death

The year 1816 was known worldwide as "the cold year", "the famine year", and "the year without a summer". Vermonters called it "Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death", as snow fell on June 7 and frosts came every subsequent month. The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, an island volcano of Indonesia, was surely the cause, as a cloud of volcanic ash spread throughout much of the world. In Vermont, the devastating loss of crops and livestock, coupled with economic collapse after the war of 1812, caused some 15,000 people to migrate west.
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United Church of Bethel
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A religious revival, begun nationally in 1800, intensified in Vermont with the darkness and frigidity of 1816. In Bethel, five denominations united to build a house of worship. This Federal-style brick church, inspired by the published designs of influential architect Asher Benjamin, was consecrated Christmas Eve 1816. Members of the United Church of Bethel celebrated their building's 200th anniversary in 2016 with a series of events culminating in a bicentennial service on Christmas Eve.
 
Erected 2016 by Vermont Division for Historic
United Church Of Bethel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, May 20, 2017
2. United Church Of Bethel Marker
Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 49.911′ N, 72° 38.169′ W. Marker is in Bethel, Vermont, in Windsor County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street (Vermont Route 12) and Lower Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is located adjacent the United Church of Bethel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 134 Church Street, Bethel VT 05032, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Royalton Raid (approx. 4.6 miles away); Jessie LaFountain Bigwood (approx. 5.8 miles away); Wagon Wheels Farm (approx. 6.2 miles away); Joseph Smith Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away); Site of 1780 Raid (approx. 6.6 miles away); Dorothy Thompson Memorial Common (approx. 7.2 miles away); Jonathan Peckham Miller (was approx. 7.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Randolph (approx. 7.6 miles away).
 
Regarding Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death / United Church Of Bethel. The United Church of Bethel is on the National Register of Historic Places
 
Categories. AgricultureChurches, Etc.War of 1812
 
Wideview of United Church Of Bethel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, May 20, 2017
3. Wideview of United Church Of Bethel Marker
United Church Of Bethel image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, May 20, 2017
4. United Church Of Bethel
Additional Marker to the left of church entrance image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, May 20, 2017
5. Additional Marker to the left of church entrance
The Old Brick Church
Built in 1816
Steeple restored
in 1953
by the generosity
of the members
and friends of
The Universalist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.
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