Bethlehem is a town in Barrow County, Georgia. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 601. Despite its small population, the town is very well known for its name, which comes from the community’s original church, namesake of the biblical town of Bethlehem. According to WSB-TV’s Georgia’s Hidden Treasures, the local post office postmarked nearly 200,000 Christmas cards and other pieces of mail prior to Christmas in 2009.

Bethlehem is located in southern Barrow County 4 miles south of Winder, the county seat. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles, all land.

Here is a little more history and information of the city from the official Bethlehem city website

Bethlehem, GA – “The little town under the star”

Bethlehem is located in Barrow County, an incorporated town on Georgia State Highway 11, 4 miles South of Winder, 9 miles North of Monroe and 18 miles from Athens off Highway 316. Several historians agree the town received its name from the Bethlehem Methodist Church which was established in 1796. The suggestion for naming the town came from Judson L. Moore, well-known gospel songwriter and publisher who lived there. The street names in town are all names from the story of the birth of Christ.

Because of its Biblical name and Christian significance, Bethlehem is always the scene of special activity around Christmas-time. A live nativity scene is held each year in the town square. Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Bethlehem, the story of Jesus is narrated, with Christmas carols sung by the church choir. Afterwards refreshments are enjoyed in City Hall.

Hundreds of people bring their Christmas cards to the Bethlehem Post Office in order to get the Bethlehem cancellation. Inked stamps stating, “Greetings from Bethlehem,” are also offered for use to those sending cards. In 2014 the Post Office cancelled 115,500 letters.

To see the Barrow County water quality (consumer confidence) report – click here.

 

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