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Bethel, Vermont



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Bethel is a town in Windsor County, in the "Eastern Vermont Gateway" region. The town includes the locations of Bethel-Gilead, East Bethel, Lilliesville, Lympus (formerly Olympus), and West Bethel.

Bethel was the first town created by the independent Republic of Vermont in 1779 and was named after the biblical village of Bethel. Dudley Chase, a grantee for the town, awoke in town one morning and told of having dreamed of the Biblical story of Jacob sleeping in a field with a stone for a pillow. In the biblical story, Jacob had named the place Beth-el (House of God). Chase's associates were so impressed that they named the town the same.

Bethel is best known as the source of Bethel White granite, which was used to build Union Station in Washington, DC, and the National Museum of Natural History.

A notable person from the area is Kirk White, a Pagan lecturer, author, & teacher.

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