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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.  


We are hosting a Grand Opening of our display on manufacturing in Bedford.

We are highlighting AEP at Smith Mountain Lake, Piedmont Label/Smyth, Sam Moore Furniture, Rubatex, Hampton Looms, and Georgia Pacific Paper Mill in Big Island. We ask that any former and current employees of any of the mentioned manufactures join us at 1:30 on Saturday the 10th to share stories and reminisce with

fellow co-workers past and present. The Museum will be providing light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you!


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our forum related events and receive our bi-annual newsletter.

Click the link below for a free sample of our bi-annual newsletter!*

May 2014 Newsletter


**We have posted a list of our forum speakers,

 you can find them here.

Check back for any updates or changes.**


   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 3PM. 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