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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

141-0073 Bedford Historic District

Bedford Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 08/21/1984

NRHP Listing Date 10/04/1984

NPS property number 84000031

The Bedford Historic District, encompassing residential, commercial, and industrial areas, contains some 240 structures, displaying 19th- and 20th-century architectural styles and preserving a peaceful image of small-town America. Originally named Liberty, Bedford has served as the county seat and economic hub of Bedford County since 1782. Its situation on an early turnpike between Lynchburg and Salem and on the principal line of the old Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, contributed to Bedford’s 19th-century prosperity. Bedford was also a major center of tobacco manufacturing, ranking in 1881 as the state’s fifth largest producer of tobacco. The late Victorian character of the business section results from a rebuilding following a disastrous fire in 1884. Notable individual structures include the Greek Revival Presbyterian Church, the 1912 Spanish Colonial Revival Public School, the stately 1930 Georgian Revival county courthouse designed by Clarence Henry Hinnant.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018