Now listed on the national Register of Historical Places, Bethel remains today much as it was 150 years ago. More than 30 or more of the original colony structures are still standing and some of the descendants of the 19th century settlers live in the quiet town of 117 residents.
There is a mapped walking tour of many of the original homes, so one can relive the simple lifestyle of Bethel's original German Communal Society. The restored homes and their furnishings show the style of a gentler time.
Guided tours are available by reservation. Any group interested in visiting Bethel and touring the historic homes can make arrangements through the Colony office.
An excellent source for Shelby County History can be found by
downloading the "General History of Shelby County, Missouri" from http://shelby.mogenweb.org/
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