(from John Warner Barber's Connecticut
Historical Collections, 1836).
This drawing, from an illustrated guide to the towns of Connecticut, is the earliest known view of Bethlehem, drawn approximately 40 years after Bellamy's death. Bellamy's house is the one to the right of the two trees in the center of the drawing and to the left of the Congregational Church.
Questions for Drawing 1
1. What can we learn about Bethlehem in 1836 from this drawing?
2. What elements dominate the drawing?
3. Based on the location of his house, what was Bellamy's status in his community?
4. What does the presence of the second church suggest about changes in religious attitudes in Bethlehem following Bellamy's death in 1790? From what you know about Bethlehem and Joseph Bellamy, do you think there were two churches in the town during his lifetime?
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