Bethel Tours

Bethel was initially known as Brandon. Initially Bethel was just like any other normal crossroads village but since the introduction of a railroad across the village, things began to change completely and the village began to rise as one of the leading towns located in Pitt County.

It was in the year 1774 that the railroad was constructed. The routes were Martins Borough (which is today known as Greenville) to Halifax. During the same period another road was built which commenced from Tarboro and ended at Williamston. With the introduction of the two railroads, it took a crossroad within the upper allocation of Pitt County.

With the launch of these railroads, there was a substantial increase in the number of people traveling to Bethel. It was at this very place that in the year 1776, the Flat Swamp Primitive Baptist Church was built which was about 4 miles from the east of the crossroads. Another church known as Methodist Episcopal Church was built in the year 1814, about 38 years after the Flat Swamp Primitive Baptist Church was built.

In the year 1840, a person by name Oliver Spain started the very first store in this beautiful village. This particular store served as a muster area and a voting place in their local militia. Soon after, in the year 1858, the village got their first post office which was named as ‘Bethel Post Office.’ The postmaster of this Post Office was David W. Stokes. By 1866, Fernando C. James became the first doctor in the village to begin practicing. It was in the year 1873 that the Town of Bethel was organized. By the year 1883, the village of Bethel had about 200 inhabitants living there. The village had about 10 merchandise stores, 1 steam sawmills, a dancing school, 1 coach making shop etc.

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