Town of Bethlehem Connecticut

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BETHLEHEM POST OFFICE 
34 East Street
Bethlehem, CT   06751

Hours:  Lobby
M-F   6:30am - 5:30 pm
(Closed for Lunch 1-2 p.m.)
Sat 6:30 am - 12:00 noon
Sat - Window  8:30am - 12:00 noon

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DIRECTIONS FROM WATERBURY

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Take Rt. 8 North to Exit 37.  Take left at end of ramp.  Go through 3 lights.  Take right (Route 63).  Go 4 miles, take left onto Rt. 132.  Post Office is 4 miles on left.

 

     The United States Postal Service appointed Joseph Brook as Bethlehem's First Postmaster on July 29, 1811.   Since this historical date,  Mr.  Brooks has been succeeded by 19 fellow postmasters.  This list includes Earl S. Johnson who  designed the first Christmas Cachet at the Bethlehem Post Office in 1938, and began the yearly tradition of applying decorative rubber stamps to Christmas cards and letters at this postal facility.

     The popularity of this unique Christmas endorsement has been faithfully continued by both the residents and visitors of this community.  Today, there are 71 different Christmas cachet designs available to the general public for use at the Bethlehem Post Office.  The cachet designers have been comprised of area artists, local residents, elementary school children and employees of the United States Postal Service.  A complete set of Christmas Cachets has been donated to the Bethlehem Historical Society.

     Donna Farrell is the current Postmaster of Bethlehem, CT.  She is assisted by eight postal employees consisting of three postal clerks, three rural delivery carriers, and two rural carrier/clerk associates.

     The Bethlehem Post Office services approximately 1820 postal customers through rural delivery and post office box service.  The town of Bethlehem has a population of 3,400 residents.  The current Bethlehem Post Office, located at 34 East Street, was built and dedicated to public service in 1975.

     During the month of December this small post office becomes one of the busiest and most popular postal facilities in Connecticut.   Extended customer service hours and a seven day work week are initiated during the first week of December.  In 2006, 139,773 postmarks and cancellations were applied to Christmas cards and letters mailed during a 23 day period: December 1st - December 26th.  Requests to have Christmas cards "cacheted" and cancelled with a Bethlehem, Connecticut postmark arrive from all 50 states and 11 countries during a typical Christmas season.  

     Small parcels containing Christmas cards (addressed and stamped) are received daily by the Bethlehem postmaster during the Christmas holiday season.  These parcels usually include a note or letter requesting that the postmaster decorate the envelopes with a cachet design and provide a Bethlehem postmark.  These envelopes are then processed through the Postal Service for delivery to friends and relatives throughout the world.  This service is provided by the US Postal Service at no additional cost to the customer.  Additionally, tables with Christmas cachets are annually set up in the Bethlehem Post Office lobby for use by the general public, free of charge.

 

SEE CHRISTMAS CACHETS

 

Passport Information 

All required forms available; Photo on Site

Hours of Passport Acceptance

Application Instructions and Form Download

FEES: Adults $67  -  U. S. State Department

                        $30  -  USPS Processing

                        $15  -  Pictures

Please bring certified birth certificate and driver's license.

Further information: 203-266-7910

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