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The Museum showcases Bedford's history, including early Native American life through the War Between the States, and further into the Twentieth Century.  The Mission of the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library is to develop and maintain files for genealogical and historical research as well as collecting, preserving, and interpreting objects of historical significance to the Town of Bedford and Bedford County, Virginia.  



Women’s History Month

Writing Contest 

Grades 2-8

Sponsored by:

 The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library

Two Grand Prizes, Grades 2-5 & Grades 6-8   $50.00


Plus First Place and Runner Up will be awarded in each of the following categories:

· Grades 2-3

· Grades 4-5

· Grades 6-8


The first place winner will win $25.00 and the runner-up will receive $15.00.

Home school and private school students welcome.


In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the US joining World War I , please tell us about a woman you admire who lived during that time (1914-1918). Why do you admire her, and how do you want to be like her? One to two pages, at least one source for 2-5th grade, and two sources for 6-8th grade.  Please tell us  exactly where you found the information: name of book, name of website, etc. Your citation does not have to be in any particular format, BUT there MUST be one.  Extra points available for first hand accounts and  local women.


Winners will be invited to read their essays at a special reception Saturday March 25, at 2:00PM at the Museum. The winners will also be submitted to the Bedford Bulletin, placed on our Facebook page, and mentioned in our semi-annual newsletter. All entries must be in the Museum by: 

Friday, February 24 @ 5:00PM.   

Questions: please call 540-586-4520, email: librarian@bedfordvamuseum.org

or stop by the Museum at 201 E. Main St. in Centertown Bedford.








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May 2014 Newsletter




   Weekly Bluegrass Music

Jam sessions and hosted Bluegrass bands for the community to enjoy on Friday nights.

Gospel Music Concerts

Hosted Gospel groups for the second Saturday of each month.

Further Information

New Additions to the Online Gift Shop

We now offer a selection of our gift shop items on our website. Instead of just books

and maps, we have a small selection of knick knacks and gifts that make our gift

 shop a place to consider when buying for that history buff in your family.

Gifts and Knick Knack

The Fridays at the Museum children's program returns for 2014. For a schedule of events click the link below

Fridays at the Museum

Bedford Black History: 250 Years

Price: $59.95

S&H: $7.00

Bedford Black History: 250 Years, tells the story of African - Americans living in Bedford County from the time the county came into existence. It provides a look into the ways the black people of Bedford have thrived and made a glowing impact on the town and county of Bedford.


*NEW BOOK!!! *

The Pathway Home

Price: $19.95

S&H: $4.00


The Pathway Home is a  historical fiction that takes the reader from the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg, through the burning of Lexington, Hunter's Raid into Liberty, the defense of Lynchburg, and ultimately to the surrender at Appomattox. Experience the war through the journal entries of a Union officer forced to participate in the destruction wrought upon Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

New Book!!!!




 Anne Remembers

Price: $12.00

S&H: $3.00   



Anne Thomas Feagans was born in Charleston, West Virginia. She moved t Bedford, Virginia in 1977. Anne was a volunteer at the Bedford Hospital and Hospice and with Christian Ministries. She also worked at carriage Hill Retirement. 

If you enjoy reading about family, history, romance and traveling this is the book for you.


Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 10AM to 5PM; Open on Saturday from 10AM until 5PM. Closed Sundays, and National Holidays. The Museum and Genealogical Library is free and open to the public, however a $5.00 donation is suggested per adult.

Telephone: 540-586-4520 Postal address:  201 East Main Street Bedford, VA 24523 Email: bccm-info@BedfordVAMuseum.org

Associations: Virginia Association of Museums, American Association of Museums, American Association for State and Local History, Virginia Genealogical Society, American Alliance of Museums

Bedford, Virginia Informational sites:

A History of Bedford County, VA http://www.tommymarkham.com/BedfordCounty/BCV.htm

Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce   www.BedfordAreaChamber.com

Bedford Welcome Center   www.visitBedford.com