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The mission of the Bedford County Historical Society is to document, preserve, protect and promote the history and heritage of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.


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250th Anniversary

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Historian of the Year
Barb Miller

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250 Anniversary Book...
Bedford County, Pennsylvania ~ Two And One-Half Centuries in the Making.

In 2021, just a few years away, Bedford County, Pennsylvania will celebrate its 250th Anniversary.

The production of the book's text is progressing. Currently there are 854 pages completed covering the early history of the county in general, the French and Indian War period and the townships and boroughs. In order for the book to be as accurate as possible, the following announcement will be placed in a future issue of The Pioneer newsletter in addition to being printed in the Gazette and other newspapers in the region.

A Call For Book Reviewers

A new book detailing the history of Bedford County is being produced by the Bedford County Historical Society. A complete history of the county was published in 1884 by the Waterman, Watkins & Co. In 1906, another history was published by Blackburn & Ling; it was basically the 1884 volume with a few additional bits of information. Over the years since 1906, various individual township or regional groups have produced books about their own particular areas of interest, but a total county history has not been produced since 1906 (one hundred and eleven years).

The new book will be titled Bedford County, Pennsylvania ~ Two And One-Half Centuries in the Making.

The chapters pertaining to the townships and boroughs of Bedford County are nearing completion. All of the churches, schools and businesses ~ places where the public meets or assembles ~ are included. If you own and operate a business or simply have an interest in the public places within your region, your assistance in ensuring that those chapters are as accurate as possible is requested.

Copies of each individual chapter are available for anyone’s review at the Pioneer Library of the Bedford County Historical Society. If you have an interest in reading the chapter pertaining to your region and offering comments or suggestions to make it more accurate, would you please consider visiting the BCHS at 6441 Lincoln Highway (near the intersection of Routes 31 and 56) Tuesday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm. It is not necessary that you be a member of the Historical Society to come and review the township or borough in which you live and in which you are interested. Your assistance will be appreciated and noted in the book.