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Bedford (Virginia)

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Bedford (Virginia) is a town in Central Virginia.


Bedford is an incorporated town and former independent city located within Bedford County in the U.S. state of Virginia. It serves as the county seat of Bedford County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,222. It is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Bedford was originally known as Liberty, "named after the Colonial victory over Cornwallis at Yorktown." Founded as a village in 1782, Liberty became Bedford County's seat of government, replacing New London which had become part of the newly formed Campbell County. Liberty became a town in 1839 and in 1890 changed its name to Bedford City. In 1912 Bedford reverted to town status, then in 1968, again became a city. On September 14, 2011, the Bedford City Council voted to transition into a town, ending its independent city status. The supervisors of Bedford County also voted to accept the town of Bedford as part of the county when it lost city status. The transition occurred on July 1, 2013.

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Map of Bedford (Virginia)
Map of Bedford (Virginia)

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  • 1 National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Cir, +1 540 586-3329. 10AM-5PM. The National D-Day Memorial is a war memorial located in Bedford, Virginia. It serves as the national memorial for American D-Day veterans.
  • 2 Peaks of Otter. The Peaks of Otter are three mountain peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the town of Bedford, Virginia. Within the three peaks is a little over 12 miles of hiking. Johnson Farm is a historically restored site along one of the side trails towards Harkening Hill, it is an interactive, still functioning farm building from the early 1900s. On the summit of the far side of the main peak; Sharp Top, there is a famed crash site of a World War II B-25 bomber. Manmade Abbott Lake lies in the valley between the three peaks, behind the Peaks of Otter Lodge and restaurant. The National Park Service preserves the peaks and lake as part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.


  • 1 Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library, 201 E Main St, +1 540 586-4520. 10AM-5PM. The Museum showcases Bedford's history, including early Native American life through the War Between the States, and further into the Twentieth Century. The Mission of the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library is to develop and maintain files for genealogical and historical research as well as collecting, preserving, and interpreting objects of historical significance to the Town of Bedford and Bedford County, Virginia.
  • 2 Bedford Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Rd, +1 540 587-5681.



  • 1 Liberty Station, 515 Bedford Ave, +1 540 587-9377. Restored train station serving American comfort fare & cheesecake amid nostalgic terminal décor.



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Routes through Bedford
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