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The Joseph Bellamy House:
The Great Awakening in
Puritan New England

[Photo] The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden.
(Ferriday Collection, The Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden Archives)


he rural town of Bethlehem, Connecticut still conveys an image its first minister would recognize. This small, tight-knit New England community contains pristine examples of modest 18th-century houses that surround a charming village green. The stark white steeple of the First Church of Christ (Congregational) fills the horizon. To the north, opposite the village green, the Reverend Joseph Bellamy's immense white clapboard house rises from the top of a hill, an imposing presence that makes the village appear diminutive in comparison. The house stands today as a reminder of Bellamy's role as a leading preacher, author, and educator in New England from 1740 to 1790.


About This Lesson

Getting Started: Inquiry Question

Setting the Stage: Historical Context

Locating the Site: Maps
 1. Colonial Connecticut
 2. Original lots for sale in North Purchase

Determining the Facts: Readings
 1. The Great Awakening
 2. Joseph Bellamy
 3. Insight into Joseph Bellamy

Visual Evidence: Images
 1. View of the center of Bethlehem, 1836
 2. Conjectured floor plan of the Bellamy House
 3. Modern floor plan of the Bellamy-Ferriday

 4. The Bellamy-Ferriday House
 5. The Reverend Joseph's pulpit
 6. The Old Cemetery

Putting It All Together: Activities
 1. Letter Writing
 2. Gravestone Design
 3. Historical Research in the Community

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This lesson is based on the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden, one of the thousands of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.



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