Historic Tales of Bethel, Connecticut

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Bethel, Connecticut, was settled as early as 1700 in the rolling hills of northern Fairfield County. Rooted in hat manufacturing, the town offered many residents employment in the factories of the Hickocks, Judds and Benedicts. Bethel is also the birthplace of celebrated showman P.T. Barnum, who became an international celebrity yet never forgot his hometown. Now most noted for its picturesque downtown, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bethel retains its small-town appeal while still offering accessibility to both New York City and Hartford. Join town historian Patrick Tierney Wild as he recounts the trials and triumphs that have given this New England town its charm, from the tumultuous days of the American Revolution to the early decades of the fast-paced twentieth century.
ISBN: 9781609493578
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Connecticut
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 52
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Patrick Tierney Wild is a Bethel native who has served as the town's municipal historian since 1993. He attended kindergarten at the Plumtrees one-room schoolhouse, went to St. Mary's Elementary School and Bethel High School and has a BS degree from Rutgers University and an MA from the College of New Rochelle. He has written articles for the Danbury News-Times, Bethel Home News and Bethel Beacon and has provided historical information for biographical documentaries on P.T. Barnum for both the Arts & Entertainment Channel and the Discovery Channel. He is the author of Images of America: Bethel, a photographic history. He served as a Bethel selectman from 2003 to 2007. He is employed as a social studies teacher at Ridgefield High School, where he teaches advanced placement courses in both United States history and United States government and politics.
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