Quarles-Walker House

Built around 1839 in Bedford County, the Quarles-Walker House is richly detailed in a vernacular version of the Neoclassical style. The two-story timber-framed house was built for the Quarles family, […]

Susie G. Gibson High School

Under the supervision of Virginia’s Department of Education, Bedford County built the Susie G. Gibson High School in 1953-1954 to provide “separate but equal” facilities to the county’s Black high […]

Bedford Training School

Bedford County constructed the Bedford Training School in 1929-30 as its first public school to provide secondary education for Black students. The State Department of Education’s Division of School Buildings […]

New Prospect Church

New Prospect Church is in the Blue Ridge Mountains on a one-acre parcel near the Peaks of Otter in Bedford County. In 1880, local residents built this vernacular, Greek Revival-style, […]

Ballard-Worsham House

Designed in 1915 by Stanhope S. Johnson of the prominent Lynchburg architectural firm of McLaughlin and Johnson, the Ballard-Worsham House stands as one of the town of Bedford’s finest domestic […]

Thomas Methodist Episcopal Chapel

Associated with the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Thomas Methodist Episcopal Chapel is a rare surviving example of a formally designed, small, temple-form church. Prominent rural Bedford […]

Twin Oaks Farm

Twin Oaks Farm, sited in Bedford County on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a stunning view of the Peaks of Otter, includes an architecturally significant farmhouse […]


Otterburn was once the seemingly modest seat of a 2,800-acre antebellum plantation situated along Little Otter Creek in Bedford County. The house was built in 1828 for Benjamin A. Donald, […]

Bellevue Rural Historic District

The Bellevue Rural Historic District in Bedford County is named for the district’s original 1,200-acre estate and historic two-story brick home (listed individually in the National Register in 1990). Bellevue […]

Big Otter Mill

Big Otter Mill is a remarkably intact early-20th-century roller and gristmill. Millers Reed Forbes and his son John built it north of the Bedford town limits on a fork of […]