Ohio - a small town with a big history
The village of
Bethel is a small and tidy community situated in Clermont County, Ohio. It
was founded by Obed Denham in 1798 and has a population of around 2,500.
It is an interesting point to note that the village has been dry since the
Prohibition, but with the recent introduction of single precinct
voting alcohol can be sold, but not served, in precincts A and C.
It was home to the first movie theater ever opened in Ohio, going all the
way back to 1908, and today it boasts one of the last remaining drive-in
movie theaters in the country. The closure of the Midway Cinema after more
than 40 years of history has made the Starlite Drive-In an increasingly
popular venue for its sense of real home town authentic Americana.
Bethel is a village where everyone knows everybody else and no one minds
that a bit because everyone is welcome, and even if the casual visitor
just passes through for something to eat there is a sense of homely
goodness to the social atmosphere as well as the cooking!
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term car insurance and day to day
car insurance as well as
short term van insurance
non deposit car insurance? And if you need monthly car insurance you
can buy it from this
get insured for a month site
The village is
proud of its history and heritage, and the Bethel Historical Museum is
open to the public in the Grant Memorial Building at 100 South Main
Street. The name 'Grant' takes prominent place in Bethel as amongst its
residents there once lived Ulysses S. Grant - President of the United
States and Commanding General of the United States Army during the Civil
War - as well as his son, the entrepreneur Ulysses S. (Buck) Grant Jr.
Famous names from having organised Clermont County Underground Railroad
are buried in the pretty Tate Township Cemetary on South East Street; and
the first man to walk around the world, Steven M. Newman, calls the
village home, as does Dick Scott the Cincinnati Reds pitcher.
Bethel is a quite visibly green place, and central to that vista is Burke
Park which sits virtually in the heart of the village. It is a beautiful
open space hosting a huge theater and a collection of wonderful pioneer
cabins that are of great historical significance. Burke Park also enjoys
walking and cycling trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, a skate park and
Above all, Bethel is a village that holds to traditional values, embraces
its past and looks onward to the future.