THE FORT BEDFORD MUSEUM
Our Fort Bedford Museum features unique historical exhibits that highlight our role in the French and Indian War, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the evolution of the local landscape from "Cave to Empire."
Built in 1958 by Bedford residents to commemorate construction of the original French & Indian War fort in 1758, Fort Bedford Museum houses over 4,000 objects from Bedford’s past.
For 57 years, the Museum displayed its entire collection as many museums once did: in rows of wood and glass cases. In 2015, the Bedford Heritage Trust began a five-year plan to renovate and update Fort Bedford’s exhibits, collections management practices, and educational programming.
If you haven’t visited us lately, come see what we’ve done!! Two new interpretive exhibits—Becoming Bedford and Cave to Empire—were opened in 2016 and 2017. In 2019, we opened our latest exhibition of The Story of "Indian Eve" Ernst.
For the summer of 2023 we are pleased to share the first phase of our Fort Era exhibit devoted to Bedford's role in the French & Indian War. Some of our Blockhouse is under construction at the moment while our professional team of curators and designers create the latest exhibit surrounding Bedford's role in the Whiskey Rebellion.
The Bedford Heritage Trust would like to congratulate Jeff Whetstone for his selection as the County's Historian of the Year for 2022
BEDFORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY NAMES
JEFF WHETSTONE OF EVERETT
HISTORIAN OF THE YEAR FOR 2022
The Bedford County Historical Society, Committee for Historian of the Year selected Jeffery Whetstone, of Everett for 2022. Over the years, he has offered Guide Tours to highlight historic locations in and around Everett, shared his knowledge of local artifacts and was a resource for those seeking knowledge of Bedford County history. In 2022, he has published several articles in the newsletters for the society`s `Pioneer`.
In 2004, he co-authored the book `From Winchester to Bloody Run` along with Steve Hollingshead, an invaluable resource of local Civil War history.
Jeff is long overdue the recognition and distinction that affords a historian of his caliber. His diligence in historic preservation has been a mainstay in our county over the years. He will receive his award at our annual banquet to be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023.
Click on the picture to the left to find more information on purchasing the book `From Winchester to Bloody Run`.
2023 PRESERVING AMERICA GRANT
We are honored to announce that we are one of the 2023 recipients of the Preserving America Grant and would like to thank the Americana Corner for their assistance helping us to preserve and share America’s history.
Americana Corner awarded over $835,000 in grants across the U.S. and we are delighted to be part of this prestigious group of honorees.