New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Bethel by local author Rita J. Sheehan. The book highlights more than 200 black-and-white vintage photographs along with a supportive narrative that includes names, dates and places of Bethel’s early life.
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. Through vintage images, Bethel recalls this town's vibrant past.
Highlights of Bethel:
• Most of the images in the book were donated from the private collections of local residents.
• Includes detailed information from the town’s records and images of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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