Legacy in Action: Historical Assets Serving Community Needs

The historic Gehring House property in Bethel, Maine, is being redeveloped by the Northern Forest Center to provide middle-market housing to support the community.

Please join us for a free walking conversation hosted by the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society and the Northern Forest Center, together with more than a half dozen other community partners. We will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Gould Academy, in front of Hanscom Hall, and end at about 11:30 at the Gehring House. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water and snacks as needed.

We will be visiting buildings within Bethel’s Historic District which are currently being used by local nonprofit organizations, and discussing the work those organizations are doing in our community, needs that are and are not currently being met, and ways to collaborate and get involved.

Stops along the way will include: Gould Academy (Bingham, Hanscom, and Gehring halls), West Parish Congregational Church, Hastings Block (Maine Adaptive offices), Wiley Block (Inland Woods + Trails offices), Cole Block (Town of Bethel), Bethel Library Association, Robinson and Mason Houses (Museums of the Bethel Historical Society), and Gehring House (Northern Forest Center). Each stop on our walk will feature historical notes from Will Chapman, Executive Director of the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, followed by informal discussion led by local nonprofit leaders.


This route should be wheelchair accessible. There are sidewalks along Church, Main, and Broad Streets.

Starting Location:

We will gather by the flag pole in front of Hanscom Hall.

Ending Location:

We will end on the front lawn of the Gehring House, at the far south end of Broad Street.
70 Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217

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May 4, 2024 / 10:00 AM

Led by: William Chapman
Organization: Museums of the Bethel Historical Society
Duration: 90 minutes
City/Town: Bethel
County: Oxford
Language(s): English