Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 7, 2001):
Bethania is nationally significant because it is a rare example of the agricultural patterns of a German, "open field" agricultural village. The Bethania Town Lot also illustrates Moravian community planning and development. Bethania is the sole example of an open field agricultural village in the six colonial settlements of Wachovia. The town of Bethania,as originally laid out in 1759, consisted of twenty-four residential lots and an integrated and extensive system of "outlots". This nomination recognizes the national significance of both the residential lots and historical landscape surrounding them.