ABOUT US

 

FORT BEDFORD MUSEUM

OPEN 10-5 DAILY

SUNDAYS 10-4

CLOSED TUESDAYS

The Bedford Heritage Trust assumed responsibility for the revitalization of Fort Bedford Museum in 2014. Its team of museum professionals has now cataloged the 5,000 object collection,  implemented educational programs that have inspired hundreds of students, and transformed two of the museum’s three galleries into world-class interpretive exhibits.

Our next, and most ambitious, goal is the transformation of the Museum’s French & Indian War exhibit. The Fort Bedford Museum should  present stories of the original fort, Forbes Road, and the “clash of empires” that caused the French & Indian War in the most compelling way possible. We have a committed team of professionals waiting to make it happen but we need your  continued support!

OUR MISSION

The Bedford Heritage Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit  corporation that supports efforts by Bedford residents and civic organizations to preserve our county’s distinctive history and heritage.

OUR UPDATES

To see how the Museum has benefited from your past support,

please visit soon! Your continued support of donations, artifact adoptions and participation in our programs & events help to make our museum a treasured gem.

OUR GOALS: 3 & 4

3. Serve as an accredited non-profited organization through which Bedford County historic societies or museums awaiting 501(c)(3) approval can apply for funding available only to non-profit groups.

4. Preserve the artifacts and documents of Bedford’s past by assuming care and management of significant historic artifacts or properties in need of proper stewardship and care.

 

OUR GOALS: 1 & 2

1. Provide a non-profit vehicle to secure and facilitate tax-deductible donations to the Trust for the preservation and operation of historic buildings and sites in Bedford County.

2. Encourage and support efforts to preserve, promote, and share the rich history, heritage, and culture of our beautiful county with Bedford’s residents and visitors.

 

A VIDEO OF OUR FIRST MAJOR EXHIBIT UPDATE
  • Great place to learn about the local history of Bedford and its role in the
    French and Indian War."

 

— David Raymond, Yelp Reviewer

WHEN VISITING THE MUSEUM

We want your visit to be memorable and educational. If you have any special needs, please ask how we can help!

HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY

Handicap parking is available for close and convenient parking for those with limited mobility. Ninety-percent of the museum's exhibits are handicap accessible. We are happy to have a docent describe second floor mezzanine exhibit.

ORIGINAL FORT FOOTPRINT

The original footprints of Fort Bedford can be seen in the small park located behind the Anderson House at 137 E Pitt Street. It's also accessible  via the walking trail next to the river. Follow the wooden stairway up to the blockade fence.

OUR SITE

The Fort Bedford Museum was built in 1958 by local business leaders who had a passion for Bedford and its history. The "Block House" was the original structure. Due to the many donations of artifacts, the Museum expanded two more times with gallery space, restrooms, and welcome center.

OUR SUPPORTERS

The museum operates on the support of donations, grants and fundraising. We are grateful of the. generous support of our board members, local business leaders and the Community Foundation of the Southern Alleghenies.

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