Every Christmas Season, we have an O Gauge Model Railroad Display on the third floor of the Museum. The train layout takes up the majority of the room and is a magical sight to see with the county of Bedford lit up on the layout. Several local businesses help us with the train layout each year, so their buildingsare on the train layout and is featured on the train cars themselves. The trains run from Black Friday to the first Saturday in January. The Museum is open later the first three Fridays in December until 8 pm and on Saturdays until 5 pm. During that time, we also collect new and gently loved stuffed animals for the Teddy Bear Brigade for Gleaning for the World.

Every summer, the Museum offers a weeklong summer camp where children from those going into the second grade to those going into the eighth grade get a chance to learn and experience local history firsthand. Campers have had the experience of making bricks like they did in the 1700’s, sifting through dirt and finding artifacts from the 18 and 1900’s. As well as seeing where Archaeologists find evidence of a building from the 1700’s. They have also seen how difficult it was to load and fire muskets from the American Revolution, and the Civil War. The Children also get to hear from experts like Dr. Lee Anthony about World War I and watch reenactors from the Civil War and the American Revolution. They also learned about the challenge of firing a Civil War Cannon and how loud they were. Campers played with games from the past, including checkers, marbles and Jacob’s Ladder. They learned how AM Radio works and the importance of the programs that Franklin Roosevelt started. They have been able to learn about the environment by learning about local Native Americans and what they would use. The children walk away with knowledge that lasts a lifetime.

In the spring the Museum holds an annual Women’s History Month essay contest. Children in the Second to Eighth grades write a one-to-two-page essay about a woman that fits that year’s theme. Themes in the past have been a woman that lived in World War II, the American Revolution, involved in politics, African American, from the County of Bedford, etc. The children are then graded by different judges and those with the most points in the 2-5th grades & 6-8th grades get $50 each. There are prizes for 1st place and Runner up in the groups 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8. First place winners receive $25 and Runners Up receive $15 each.

The Museum sometimes will do other events throughout the year. Some of these events have included a free beginning genealogy class, and ghost walks of former county residents. The Museum has also been asked to join in events like Bedford Centerfest, National Night Out for the Bedford Police Department and New London Days in our original County seat of New London.

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Handicapped access is available in the rear of the building.

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Monday through Friday 10AM - 5PM
Saturday 10AM - 3PM
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays

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