Bethlehem is located in Grafton County, in the heart of the White Mountains. Once within the hunting range of the Native American Abenakis tribe, the town was chartered in 1774 as "Lloyd Hills." In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, the original grant had been lost and this lack of documentation proving clear title deterred early settlement. Nevertheless, in 1787 the first permanent houses were established. The town came to be known as "Bethlehem," for uncertain reasons, and was eventually incorporated on Christmas Day in 1799.
Play a round of golf at Bethlehem Country Club, visit neighboring Franconia or Franconia Notch State Park, or spend a quiet afternoon in the little town of Bethlehem.