County: New Haven
Size: 21.6 square miles
History: Bethany is weird in that its website doesn’t seem to care much about its history, and in Connecticut…that’s not normal. Most towns can’t help but ramble on endlessly about the natives that used to call their land home and about all the stuffy old white guys who started churches. Bethany separated from Woodbridge in May of 1832. Thank goodness for Wikipedia which tells us a little bit more about the people that used to live there, like the Naugatucks, Paugussett, Mattabessets, and Wangunck. There was a whole weird thing where the town’s population started to decline for a while until the 1940s. But then Bethany got one of the first airports in all of New England…which seems like an odd choice.
Something Weird: Bethany was home to the Boy Scouts first troop and was voted the best small town in CT back in 2007.