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  • Dr Keil's old home at Elim
    Dr Keil's old home at Elim
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  • The Crooked House in Bethel
    The Crooked House in Bethel
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  • Das Grosse Haus in Bethel
    Das Grosse Haus in Bethel
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    DAVID BOWER HAUS

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    Bower House aloong Main Street in Bethel

    David Bower was the owner of the Bethel General Store. The house was built in 1846 and is presently occupied. One of Bower's descendants, Lucille Bower has been a moving force in trying to preserve both Bethel's buildings and its history.

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    DAS GROSSE HAUS

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    Das Grosse Haus in Bethel

    Built in 1846, Das Grosse House (The Big House) featured of local restaurant downstairs with upstairs rooms for bachelor men. Today there is an antique shop in part of the building, but it didn't look like it was regularly open?

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    VAN DIVER HAUS - 'CROOKED HOUSE'

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    The Crooked House in Bethel

    This house predates the colony, being built about 1842. Supposedly the foundation was laid down according to the position of the North Star and is said to be the only house in town 'straight with the World'. The original colonists spent their first winter in this house. Locals call the house, the Crooked House and it does appear at an angle to how the streets and other houses were laid out afterwards, but its 'crookedness' is all in the eyes of the beholder.

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    ELIM

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    Dr Keil's old home at Elim

    About a mile east of town was Keil's house. This grand 2 ½ story house was also a center for much of the social life of the community. Music was an important part of the colony's life and the band would lead processions of colonist out to the Doctor's house. Keil maintained medicinal herbs on the third floor. Keil's family used the first floors and the second floor had a ballroom that was used by the whole colony. The house is now privately occupied but you can see the house from the road. With its majestic trees, it appears more dramatic than in early photos where the house was alone on the hill.

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    MILLER HAUS

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    Miller House in Bethel

    This was the last house built by the colony - presently occupied - and was built for the teachers of the colony school. It is along Main Street.

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    MAIN STREET

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    Quiet rests upon Bethel's Main Street

    Today, there are only 117 people living in Bethel and many are old. The town is quiet exceptfor the occasional dog and rumbling trucks that sometimes respect the 35 mph speed limits.

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    COLONY SCHOOL

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    Bethel Colony School survivng among the vegetation

    On the northeast edge of town, this is the old original colonial schoolhouse, slowly, but inevitably being taken over by vegetation.

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