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The mission of the Bedford County Historical Society is to preserve, protect and document the history of Bedford County for future generations, as well as educate the public concerning the same.

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The Bedford County Historical Society will be closed
July 4th and 5th.

We will reopen Tuesday the 9th.

Let BCHS `do the cooking`!

The Bedford County Historical Society is having a fundraiser. We will be ordering some delicious sandwiches and pizzas from Powerhouse Subs. ORDER BY SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH FOR PICK-UP AT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH at 10:30 am.

Don`t need a sub on Saturday, June 29th? No problem. Order a Meal Card which can be used during regular business hours at Powerhouse Subs.

You can order by stopping in at the historical society, Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or calling us at 814-623-2011 or emailing to If emailing, please put SUB ORDER in the subject line and include your phone number.

We accept cash or check (payable to the Bedford County Historical Society) and can take your payment at time of pick-up on June 29th or at the time of your order.

So order a few subs, pizza, and a dessert. The detailed menu can be found in the picture below. Don`t miss this opportunity to enjoy a yummy prepared meal or treat and support your local historical society. Thank you for your support!


Save Your Books For The Bedford Co. Historical Society

The Bedford County Historical Society will be having a used book sale on Tuesday, July 16th through Friday, July 19th 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, July 20th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm located at 6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA.

Browse the sale during business hours at the historical society. Need something to do with the kids on a summer afternoon? Bring the kids and show them that history is fun. Each child will be given a free book about American history and a free American flag. Donations of used books are appreciated. We will start collecting books on July 1-3, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and July 9-12 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. No paperback romance novels please. We have plenty of those.

All proceeds benefit the Bedford County Historical Society. Call (814) 623-2011 for more information.

Our newest book:

Braddock's Road

Thank you John Hollick (author) for donating these new books to BCHS.

Only FIVE remaining!!!!

In May of 1755 British General Edward Braddock with an army of approximately 2200 men, wagons, artillery and pack horses began cutting a road approximately twelve feet wide through the wilderness from Ft. Cumberland in Maryland to Fort Duquesne (present day Pittsburgh, PA), a distance of approximately 116 miles. On July 9, he reached as far as Braddock, PA when he was attacked by a smaller force over the road to Fort Cumberland. Braddock was wounded in the battle and died on the way back, being buried in the road near Chalk Hill, PA.

During August 1908, John Kennedy Lacock (1871-1933), who became an authority on the Braddock Road, conducted a party of seven over the road. His photographer, E.K. Weller took photos of the road and important nearby features. Photographs and engravings were published by E.K. Weller in 1910 as a set of sixty postcards. The objective of John A. Hillock, the author of this book is to identify and present the locations of the postcards as best as possible and duplicate the views with a modern camera, thereby showing the reader what the remains of the Braddock Road and significant landmarks look like today as compared to 1908.

Hopefully, Mr. Hollick will take the reader back in time to see the road through Lacock`s eyes and in some respect Braddocks`.

Price: $49.95 + $10.00 shipping and handling within the continental United States.