About Us

The Bedford Historical Society, established in 1893, is located in Bedford’s historic Old Town Hall, a charming building that served as a school and town offices when it opened in 1856. Situated across from the Town Common in the heart of Bedford’s Historic District, the Bedford Historical Society welcomes visitors of all ages to explore the town’s history through its permanent and rotating exhibits, which are drawn from the Society’s extensive collections. 

The Society houses a vast private collection of Bedford artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs. Its documents date back to 1651, it holds over 5,000 photographs from the mid-1800s, and its objects span from prehistoric times 10,000-12,000 years ago through colonial times to the present, providing a unique journey through Bedford’s history. 

The Society is a valuable resource for those interested in their family history, house history, or local research, as well as for anyone interested in the American Revolution, architecture, antiquities, or the history of Bedford. It also offers an annual program series on Bedford and local history open to the public and maintains historical exhibits in several municipal buildings, inviting everyone to explore Bedford’s rich history. 

In addition, the Society offers a diverse range of merchandise, including Bedford Flags, books, maps, pictures, clothing, and unique memorabilia, allowing visitors to take home a piece of Bedford’s history. Items may be purchased at the Society’s office by cash, debit card, credit card, or Venmo.  They may also be purchased at the Freight House in Depot Park on Loomis Street or online with a credit card at Bedford Freight House Online.

Admission to the Society is free and open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather and staffing permitting.

The Bedford Historical Society, Inc., is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.