Bethlehems bucolic countryside and bustling suburbs reflect the towns rich history. Uncover the stories that shaped the town from its Dutch settlement to today. Nathaniel Adams, along with his wife, Rhogenia, opened a stagecoach inn and became the first postmaster in what is now Delmar. The opening of the Albany and Susquehanna Railroad broadened travel and freight transportation. The LaGrange family farmed the same land for over two centuries and exemplified the regions deep agricultural roots. Suburbs flourished in the region following World War II. Drawing from her articles that first appeared in Our Towne Bethlehem, town historian Susan E. Leath celebrates the enduring community spirit of Bethlehem with this fascinating collection of essays.
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Susan E. Leath has been a resident of Bethlehem, New York for over twenty years, attended her first Bethlehem Historical Association meeting in 1995, and was appointed town historian in 2007. She did graduate work in museum studies at Brown University and previously served as director of the Florence (South Carolina) Museum of Art, Science and History. Susan is the author of Bethlehem, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. Check out her blog at BethlehemNYHistory.blogspot.com.
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