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About Bethel, Vermont

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Windsor County
Chartered: December 23, 1779 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 29,263 Acres = 45.72 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 56* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 49' W 72°38'
Altitude: 573 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,030 [ Population Rank: 84* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 44.4 [ Density Rank: 100* ]
Full Census Info: Town
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*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Bethel's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

The first town created by the independent Republic of Vermont.

Dudley Chase, one of the grantees, while surveying the town with his associates, awoke one morning and told of having dreamed of the Biblical story in which Jacob slept in a field with only a stone for a pillow (Genesis 28:11-22). Jacob had declared that stone to mark the place of God's house and named the place Bethel. Chase's associates were so impressed by the dream that they agreed to name their town the same. When the Baptist Church was built in 1824 in the village of East Bethel (the area where Chase's group had been camped), stones from the site were gathered and incorporated into the foundation.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Bethel
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Bethel Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Gifford Medical Center (Randolph) 802-728-7000
Town Clerk:  Jean Burnham PO Box 404 Bethel, VT 05032
 M Th 8-12:30 and 1-4; T F 8-12

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Assemblies of God : Faith AG 802-234-6727
Episcopal : Christ Church 802-234-5680
Roman Catholic : St. Anthony
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Miller Memorial UMC 802-728-3228


Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union 802-234-5364
Bethel Elementary School 802-234-6607
Whitcomb Junior/Senior High School 802-234-9966

Neighboring Towns

This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Rochester Braintree Randolph
Stockbridge Royalton


Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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