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The Bedford General Store

Country store, post office and for many years an antique shop, this small building originally stood on Pound Ridge Road. It was moved to its current site next to the Old Burying Ground in 1890. The Bedford Historical Society purchased it in 1968.  In 2008, after extensive restorations and renovations, the Society moved its offices into the building.  In this multi-purpose space, educational programs are held, rotating exhibits of the Society’s collections may be viewed and in the spirit of its original function as a general store, Bedford souvenirs and penny candy are sold.

The Bedford Historical Society offers rotating exhibits on aspects of Bedford history or exhibits highlighting an area of our collections. 

Current Exhibit  – Back to School

A look back at the history of education in Bedford with a new featuring photos, books, toys and games, and other school-related items and activities from the past.

Stop in and find out how many lashes you'd get for playing cards in school. Or learn about Bedford's 19th century schools like the Bedford Female Institute. You can take a test given to 8th graders in 1895 or try your hand at bilboquette!

There are penmanship workbooks from children who attended school in the early 1800s, children's story books from the 1700s, antique tiddlywinks and authentic clay and glass marbles, interactive activities on the internet and much more. 

The exhibit is at the Bedford Historical Society's offices in The Bedford Store at 612 Old Post Road. We're open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and we'll be open every Saturday through October from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For more information, call us at 914-234-9751.