Bethel Historic District

Bethel developed along Broad Creek, a tributary of the Nanticoke River. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bethel Historic District includes many clapboard houses that were built by the mariners who learned their carpentry skills in the village’s shipyards. Although the interiors of some of these historic structures have been altered, the ones that survive tell the story of this small town’s place in nineteenth-century folk architecture. Bethel’s shipbuilding and seafaring past is particularly evident today in the many nautical symbols that appear throughout the village on homes, churches, gravestones, and other objects and structures. Bethel offers a quaint look back into the nineteenth-century shipbuilding center that it once was.