A Message from the First Selectwoman
Welcome to Bethany! If you are looking for a small town with rural charm, character and convenience, you can get it all in Bethany. Voted the #1 Small Town in 2007 by Connecticut Magazine, Bethany residents have been proud of this recognition and continue to seek to maintain Bethany’s small-town charm and lifestyle. Located in New Haven County, it is just minutes away from New Haven, Waterbury and Bridgeport, with easy access to New York and Boston. Bethany is the home of approximately 5000 residents.
Bethany was first settled in 1717 and became incorporated as a town in 1832 when it broke off from Woodbridge. There is a lot of fascinating history in this small town. Initially, mostly a farming town, in the 19th century a few people built small mills and others established blacksmith shops, hotels and other small businesses.
Education is paramount to the residents of Bethany. Located in central Bethany, Bethany Community School houses grades K-6 and the Amity Middle School grades 7 and 8. All graduates then move to Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, which serves the towns of Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge. All three schools are known for their high academic standards and excellence.
The Town of Bethany also has a very strong sense of community and understands the importance of volunteering. From its outstanding volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corp., Bethany holds many annual events, hosted and sponsored by the many volunteer organizations in town, such as a community Carnival, Easter Egg Hunt, Harvest Festival and Horse Shows, Dog Shows, Craft Fairs, Antique Car Shows, Dances, Dinners and BBQs, just to name a few. Everyone looks forward to these annual events.
Bethany is unique with over 58% of its land undeveloped either as protected open space or privately-owned land. The land is the foundation of our rural landscape maintaining Bethany’s charm and character. In New Haven County Bethany has the smallest population density and is one of only three towns still considered as rural.
You can have the best of both worlds – enjoying the arts, sports and culture of the cities and then returning to the rural community to just kick back and relax, enjoying the beautifully preserved open spaces. Bethany is a wonderful place to live and to call home.