April 30, 2009

Historical Bedford Village

The town of Bedford, where I live, encompasses the small hamlets of Katonah, Bedford Hills, and Bedford Village. Bedford was founded in 1680 when a group of New England Puritans purchased the parcel of land from Chief Katonah and other Native Americans with fur coats, blankets, and cloth. I recently gave you a little tour of Katonah and some of my favorite shops there and I thought it would be fun to give you a peek of Bedford Village, dating back to 1681. This historical little village was very important during the Colonial period and served as the wartime Westchester County seat during the Revolutionary War. In 1779, the British burned the village down and it was rebuilt. Today, Bedford Village is listed on both the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places.

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The signpost at the Bedford Green. Today, the Green is one-third its original size and I wish I could see what it was like back in 1681.