Bethany was founded by members of the Christian Church of Washington DC area and Pennsylvania.
The original idea was not to found a town, but to find a suitable tract of land for a permanent yearly seaside assembly for the Christian churches of the country.
Bethany was named by H.L. Atkinson who won a nationwide contest. He was given a lot on the beach as his prize. North Bethany still reflects the character of the early settlers who were looking for "a haven of rest for quiet people."
The Town of Bethany Beach recently celebrated its 100th Birthday with a Centennial Celebration. This once-in-a-lifetime event began on July 4, 2001, in conjunction with the Annual 4th of July Parade and fireworks. Four events followed creating many memorable events for our residents and families.
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Updated: 22nd September, 2021 10:24 AM (UTC).