The Bedford County Historical Society operates the Pioneer
Library, and the Hall at Kinton's Knob.
The Pioneer Library houses the county's most extensive collection of
historical and genealogical materials. It serves as a repository for all types of historical information
and welcomes donations of materials. We provide the resources and facilities for a broad spectrum of
historical and genealogical research with knowledgeable staff to assist. We also sponsor numerous
programs, activities, exhibits and seminars throughout the year to highlight areas or events of
historical significance to the county and surrounding regions.
The Hall at Kinton's Knob is located above the Pioneer
Library in our bank‑barn building and provides a unique venue for meetings, showers,
parties, and receptions. Click here for information about the Hall and its availability for your event.
Fund Raising Campaign
Late in 2012 we initiated a fund raising campaign to pay for our new home, the historic bank-barn that
we have been renting since August, 2012. We encourage members and the community to support our campaign.
Click here for more details.
Library Activities and News
Memorial Day Commemoration - May 27, 2013
We will be holding a Memorial Day Commemoration for Civil War dead at the Everett Cemetery on Monday,
May 27 in conjunction with the regular Memorial Day service held at the Everett Cemetery by the American
Legion. Click here for details.
To see a list of Civil War soldiers buried at the Everett Cemetery and possibly find your relative or
ancestor, click here.
More Obituaries Added to Obituary Database
On March 17 we added approximately 5000 new obituaries to our online index of obituaries that are
available to researchers. This brings the total to well over 100,000 obituaries that are indexed and
online. Click here to see the obituary database.
New Database of Events Added
A recently added database on our web site makes available news clippings from a potpourri of events
that occurred in Bedford County. These events include arsons, arrests, anniversaries, births,
celebrations, deed transfers, divorces, exonerations, fires, grave robbings, lost & found, marriage
licenses, murders, paroles, sentencings, thefts, weddings, wills, and articles about the past. Click
here to see the Miscellaneous Events Database.
Quilt Show and Sale - October 5-13, 2013
Our 23rd annual Quilt Show & Sale will be held at on October 6-14. For details about the event
and the Pioneer Quilt Challenge, click here.
5 Year Commemoration of the Civil War
In April 2011, the Bedford County Historical Society and other historical organizations in Bedford
County began a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Over the next 5 years until 2015
there will be re-enactments, lectures, exhibits, and events to commemorate our ancestors that fought to
preserve the Union. Click here for more details.
As a part of this commemoration, the Bedford County Historical Society had a special medal produced to
commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war. To see pictures of the medal or to purchase one, click