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.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More