Authored by Stanley R. Howe, BHS Executive Director Emeritus, this backward look at Bethel’s colorful past begins with the granting of the town as “Sudbury Canada” in 1768. Timber harvesting and agriculture were important occupations of the first white settlers, who built their homes overlooking the broad intervales along the Androscoggin River. Howe outlines the birth of Gould Academy, the railroad’s importance, Bethel’s post-Civil War industrialization and the rise of modern winter outdoor recreation spawned by the nearby Sunday River Ski Resort. Features 75 illustrations, many never before published. 160 pages, softcover.