Located just a few minutes east of New York State and 68 miles north of Manhattan, Bethel is distinctive in many ways. It is both one of the smallest and one of the newest (a mere 150 years old!) towns in western Connecticut. Home to Cannondale bicycles, Chocolate Lace, and Duracell batteries, Bethel was once home to one of America’s most famous independent showmen, P.T. Barnum himself.
Crammed inside its 17 square miles are numerous eateries that attract large crowds each night. The Bethel Cinema, a renowned venue for offbeat and arts films, is a Fairfield County landmark. Historic Greenwood Avenue houses unique shops, is the locale for special events such as Trick or Treating, a November Christmas Tree Lighting, the annual book fair and sales days. The Route 6 corridor, Clarke and Berkshire Business Parks serve as magnets for commercial ventures. Despite its timeless, small-town New England charm, this little gem of a town is part of thriving Fairfield County and is connected directly to Manhattan and Boston by a commuter rail line that goes right through downtown.