History of Bethel Baptist Church
Bethel Baptist Church is over 200 years old! It has a glorious heritage of faithful and dedicated Christians who had a vision for a church that would serve the community. In 1799, a group of dedicated Christians who found it too difficult to travel by horse and buggy to their current church, Bethlehem Baptist, began meeting once every two weeks at Shortt’s Stage Tavern on Buckingham Pike, currently Midlothian Turnpike. This group of 56 members constituted their own church on April 23, 1817. While things look different the same dedication and faithfulness continues today!
Bethel Baptist Cemetery
In 1885, Bethel established a cemetery. It was one of four cemeteries in Chesterfield County and currently contains the graves of veterans from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. A commemorative plaque honoring the cemetery and the soldiers was unveiled at the two hundredth anniversary celebration. Click here to see a listing of the plots.