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The town of Bethel is located in Sullivan County, 90 miles northwest of New York City. Bethel was established on March 27, 1809, and the first hotel in the county opened in the hamlet of White Lake in 1846. Hundreds of hotels were to follow, from the Arlington to the Woodlawn Villa. During the silver and golden ages, White Lake became fashionable, and many people flocked to the clean water of the lake, fresh mountain air, and grand hotels. The tanneries, gristmills, and sawmills were prosperous during the 1800s. In 1969, Bethel was the site of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair that drew nearly 500,000 people to the town. Through vintage images, Bethel recalls this town's vibrant past.
ISBN: 9780738565897
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 214
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Rita J. Sheehan has been the Bethel town clerk for 12 years, a member of the New York State Local Government Records Association, the New York State Town Clerks Association, Orange-Sullivan Town Clerks Association, and the Sullivan County Historical Society. She has selected images from the town archives, family collections, and professional photographers for the best assortment to showcase the community.
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