BETHANY - Bethany residents still refer to the white mansion as the Bethany Homestead, but neither mansion nor homestead quite describes the interwoven lives of the Strongmans and the Millers with the community that almost wholly depended on them during the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. The Strongmans hired dairymen and gardeners, housekeepers and chauffeurs, butlers and scullery maids. For each of their managers, they provided a house.
   You can discover this story in old news articles and collections of artifacts. Or you can come to Bethany on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. for the Bethany Historical Society's Olde Fashioned Covered Dish Dinner and stay to hear Mayor Margaret Freeman describe her experiences as the daughter of the Bethany Homestead's Scottish head landscaper and gardener, Ed “Hutch” Hutchinson.
    Bring your own place setting (a plate, silverware, cup and saucer) and a dish to pass.  Bethany Historical Society will provide the meat and beverages at tables upstairs in the “Fireproof” on the Green (the Bethany Library building).
    For more information, contact Ferne Keesler at 570-253-4964.