Old Bedford Village - a trip back in time

September 05, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

Bedford, Pa. - Take a 90-minute drive, cross a covered bridge and travel through time.

Old Bedford Village is a collection of more than 40 reproduction and authentic log, stone and frame buildings that provide a glimpse of what life was like in America from 1750 to 1890.

The period represented began with settlements in the 1750s. People came to what was then a wilderness because it was on the Forbes trail to Fort Duquesne, said Pam Benton, Old Bedford Village spokeswoman.

The 36-acre village includes log homes, a log farm, stores, a school, a log church and stone and log buildings. Some of the original structures were moved from other areas of Bedford County.


A self-guided walking tour takes visitors through the village and to its shops, where re-enactors demonstrate crafts and activities of life in an earlier America.

A more intensive trip to the past is available through the variety of classes for adults and children offered at Old Bedford Village. They include folk art, coopering, basketry, doll making, wheat weaving, spinning, German paper cutting, broom making, early American food preparation and cooking, weaving, quilting, dipped candles, leather working and aspects of American Indian culture.

The leaves will be turning soon. The ride to the past will be full of fall color.

If you go...

Old Bedford Village

220 Sawblade Road

Bedford, Pa.

In September and October, the village is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students ages 6 through college age with student ID; free for children younger than 6.

Senior citizen, AAA and group discounts are available.

For information, call 1-800-238-4347 or 1-814-623-1156, send e-mail to, or go to on the Web.

Directions from Hagerstown: Take Interstate 70 west to Pennsylvania Turnpike at Breezewood. Follow the turnpike west to Bedford, exit 146. Turn right. Old Bedford Village is one mile away on right.

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