July 10, 2014
Historic Bedford Village
My blog team is on holiday. Please enjoy this repeat.
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.
1 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.
2 A plaque honoring the local men who fought in World War I
3 Honoring those who died in the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam
4 An honor roll of the local men and women who served in the Second World War
5 The town of Bedford was founded in 1680.
6 The plaques are mounted at the base of this flag pole on the Bedford Green.
7 This stone school house dates back to 1829. It was used as a classroom until 1912 and became a museum of local history in 1913.
8 This is the Historical Hall built in 1896. The sign reads - formerly a Methodist church moved here 1837 from Bedford Four Corners by twenty yoke of oxen
9 The burying ground, established in 1681, was apparently still in use after the Colonial period as the latest headstone dates to 1885.
10 This is now the Bedford Historical Society housed in the Old General Store circa 1838 - The sign reads - originally on Pound Ridge Road also Village Post Office moved here in 1890's.
11 Inside the Historical Society - an impressive collection of horse competition ribbons won by Wilhelmine Waller of Tanrackin Farm, who for decades was one of the country's more notable horsewomen.
12 The Historical Society keeps the old general store atmosphere.
13 An original land deed
14 The Historical Society works hard to preserve the Village and they own seven historic buildings.
15 The Bedford Playhouse dates to 1938 and was a live theater for many years. The auditorium was split to make two movie theaters.
16 An historic cannon
17 This is the Court House built in 1787. The sign reads - Built when Bedford was a half-shire county seat. County courts held here 1788 - 1870. Board of supervisors 1789 - 1829. Town Meetings until 1879. Now a museum. The Court House is Westchester County's oldest government building.
18 A colonial flag hangs outside the court house.
19 The Bedford Free Library since 1903 is housed in, what used to be, the Bedford Academy Building - erected in 1807.
20 The Bedford Fire Department
21 The window shutters have quaint cutouts of fire-fighting hatchets.
22 This is the Lounsbery Building circa 1906.
23 The Post Office circa 1856
24 This is the notice board outside the post office.
25 The seal above the notice board.
26 The Bedford Presbyterian Church - Founded in 1681 - Sanctuary dedicated in 1872 - Manse completed in 1865
27 A village house
28 Another village home
30 A long white fence
31 This is the Benjamin Isaacs house circa 1784.
32 A very old village well
33 A view of the nearby reservoir
34 Drawings of the Old Court House
35 A map of Bedford Village used during a treasure hunt