Bethel is pure New England: a town with white clapboard houses, white-steeple churches, and a mountain vista at the end of every street. The campus of Gould Academy, a college prep school founded in 1836, anchors the east side of downtown. In winter, this is ski country—Sunday River, one of Maine's big ski resorts, is only a few miles north in Newry. On the third weekend in July, MollyOckett Day, which includes a parade, fireworks, and a frog-jumping contest, honors a Pequawket Indian renowned for her medicinal cures in the early days of white settlement.
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