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Who We Are

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Bethlehem was first established in 1774 as Lloyd's Hill, the last of the provincial land grants. This was probably because James Lloyd, for whom the town was named, was a loyalist.  Voters elected to change the name to Bethlehem following the Revolution.  This was done on the last Christmas Day of the century and the town was so incorporated on December 27, 1799.
In the early 1800’s Bethlehem was a way station for stage coaches traveling to Crawford Notch and Portland, Maine.  Taverns and blacksmith shops lined Main Street to accommodate the steady stream of travelers passing through.  The beauty of Bethlehem began to assert itself and people began to stay.  As the numbers grew, settlers added to their farm incomes by taking in summer boarders and eventually building tourist homes.  After the Civil War, Bethlehem emerged as a popular mountain resort known for its clean, crisp air.  More than 30 luxury hotels and boarding houses catered to summer guests.  Magnificent private cottages adorned the hillsides.  Vacationers crowded the wooden sidewalks.  In the evenings, a stroll on Main Street was a delight to the senses with tantalizing aromas from the hotel kitchens.  Music from the dance bands carried through the air.  Men and women in formal dress filled the streets with color.
IF YOU LOVE YOUR HOMETOWN
Excerpt from, EARLY HISTORY of the town of BETHLEHEM, N. H.
By Hattie Whitcomb Taylor
     “The most helpful kind of patriotism,” wrote that able and lovable librarian, the late John Cotton Dana, “is the kind that grows out of a knowledge of one’s town, of her growth, her people, her property, her government and her needs.  This knowledge develops, first, an intelligent interest; then a sympathy, then a reasonable affection; a wise and temperate jealousy for her good name and a wish that she may prosper and grow more beautiful; and, finally, a desire to help her to become greater and fine, a bright and clean workshop and a home for the best of men and women.”
main street
Main Street - 1907
view from mt agassiz in 1909
View of town from Mt. Agassiz - 1909
colonial theater circa 1920
Main Street - circa 1920
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Important Community Links

School Administrative Unit #35
260 Cottage Street - Suite C
Littleton, NH 03561
Phone 603-444-3925
Fax 603-444-6299

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Bethlehem Elementary (Grades: K-6)
School Main St.
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Phone: 603-869-5842
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Profile Jr/Sr High School (Grades: 7-12)
691 Profile Rd.
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Phone: 603-823-7411
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Bethlehem Country Club
1901 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Clubhouse: (603) 869-5745
Winter Phone Number: (603) 616-1112
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Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 748
2182 Main St. (Rt. 302)
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Phone: 1-888-845-1957
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Bethlehem Heritage Society
PO Box 148, 2182 Main St.
Bethlehem NH 03574
Phone: 603-869-3330
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grafton county
Grafton County Complex
Grafton County Administration Building   
3855 Dartmouth College Highway
North Haverhill, NH 03774

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