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Bethany in New Haven County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Bethany

 
 
Bethany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 16, 2009
1. Bethany Marker
[ Front ]
Inscription.
In 1738 Amity Parish in New Haven and Milford, including most of present-day Woodbridge and Bethany, was incorporated by the General Assembly of Connecticut Colony. The earliest schoolhouse was built in 1750 in the northern half of Amity Parish. It was located first at Rocky Corner, near the intersection of Meyer and Old Amity Roads. In 1762 the northern part of the Parish was made a distinct ecclesiastical society and was named Bethany for the Biblical village at the foot of the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. In 1832, by act of the General Assembly, Bethany Parish was separated from Woodbridge and incorporated as the Town of Bethany. The Straitsville area was taken in 1844, together with parts of Oxford and Waterbury, to become Naugatuck. In 1871, also as a result of legislative action, the western area became part of Beacon Falls, incorporated as a town with portions added from Oxford, Naugatuck, and Seymour.
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Some notable examples of architecture dating from the period before incorporation of the town still stand in the vicinity and are attributed to David Hoadley (1774 – 1839) of Waterbury, a self-taught builder-architect who became a leading designer of church buildings in the first decades of
Bethany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 16, 2009
2. Bethany Marker
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the 19th century. His skill in domestic construction is displayed in the Beecher (or Hoadley) House of 1807 with very fine detail both on the exterior and in the central hall and rooms of the interior. Christ Church, Episcopal, dating from 1809, is also from the hand of Hoadley. During its construction, services were held in the upstairs ballroom of the Beecher House. The church is little changed on the outside, but the interior reflects extensive alterations made in accordance with changing taste over the last one hundred years. Regarded as the high point of Hoadley’s achievement is United (North) Church of 1814 on the New Haven Green.

Erected by the Town of Bethany
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1981

 
Erected 1981 by Town of Bethany and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 25.342′ N, 73° 0.072′ W. Marker is in Bethany, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is on Peck Road 0.2 miles west of Amity Road (Connecticut Route 63), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in front of Bethany Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Peck Road, Bethany CT 06524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bethany Veterans Monument
Bethany Marker and Bethany Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 16, 2009
3. Bethany Marker and Bethany Town Hall
(within shouting distance of this marker); Bethany Veterans Wall Of Honor (approx. 2.1 miles away); Beacon Falls (approx. 3˝ miles away); Beacon Falls Veterans Monument (approx. 3˝ miles away); Seymour Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Seymour Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Seymour Korean War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Seymour World War I – World War II Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethany.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Beecher House image. Click for more information.
By Everett H. Keeler, Photographer
4. Beecher House
Historic American Buildings Survey(LOC)
HABS CONN,5-BETH,1-3

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,017 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   4. submitted on September 21, 2009. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of Beecher (or Hoadley) House, Christ Church and the United (North) Church as mentioned in marker text. • Can you help?
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