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Youth Fiddle Camp June 2023
Registration is now open for this year's youth camp held in historic Bethel, Missouri! One of the longest running fiddle camps in the United States, the Bethel Youth Fiddle Camp is excited about its 37th year! The Bethel Youth Fiddle camp is a week long, lesson...
Another Brick in the Wall
Any profits from Bethel Colony events go toward ongoing preservation and maintenance of Colony buildings, many on the National Register of Historic Places. Pictured is a current project underway on Main Street which we could use your help in funding. We contracted for...
Bethel Colony Spring Market
Join us in Historic Downtown Bethel for the Bethel Colony Spring Market April 15-16, 2023 Admission $2 Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-3pm FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES! • Artisans • Antique Vendors • Craftsmen • Flea Market Tables • Vintage Finds • Home Decor •...
Membership was about 650 in 1855 when Keil, fearing Bethel too subject to outside influence, led a group west and established Aurora Colony in Oregon. Their expedition over the Oregon Trail is unique for it was conducted as a funeral cortege. Keil’s son, Willie, died before he realized his father’s promise to lead the group and was carried instead in the head wagon in a metal box, alcohol-filled. After six months and over 2000 miles, he was buried at Willapa, Washington.
Keil never returned to Bethel, directing affairs there by letter. When the colonies disbanded, 1879-1881, they held property in common valued at $109,806. Bethel supplied $64,328 of this and owned 4267 acres.