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“Civil War History Relived”

Old Bedford Village
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Bedford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Old Bedford Village is a living history museum located in historic Bedford, Pennsylvania. We have nearly 40 structures including authentic 18th and 19th century buildings, moved from original locations throughout our region, representing trade shops and residences. The Village also includes some present-day construction designed to replicate the buildings found in a 18th - 19th century Village. Visit the general store, apothecary, jail, blacksmith, tinsmith, candlemaking and woodworking shops, and much more! Special events are scheduled throughout the season, including living history encampments, Murder Mystery Evenings, and Candlelit Christmas. PLEASE NOTE: OLD BEDFORD VILLAGE IS OPEN DAILY EXCEPT FOR WEDNESDAYS FROM MEMORIAL DAY - LABOR DAY, AND THURSDAY - SUNDAY FROM LABOR DAY - OCTOBER 31. WE ARE ALSO OPEN THE FIRST TWO SATURDAYS OF DECEMBER FROM 5 PM - 9 PM FOR OUR CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS EVENT. For more information: Visit our website Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Search for us on the App Store and download the Old Bedford Village Interactive Tour App
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Civil War History Relived”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

This is a very worthwhile experience . Each station has a well-researched re-enactor who can explain the conditions, knowledge, technology advances, and general conditions of the person that they represent. We were totally captivated by these extremely knowledgable folks who have broadened my understanding of the horrific days of the Civil War. There are also medical, artistry and crafts that are demonstrated with great care and professionalism. It has something for every age, so it is a very worthwhile day. There was a battle re-enactment the day we were there, where strategy and the technolgy to bring this about was made clear. You have to leave such an experience a better informed individual.

Visited June 2012
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Cumberland, Maryland
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163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Very informative”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Steeped in history. It is a very pleasant walk around the village. We went there on a field trip with my son's class. They had a lot of activities for the children. Not sure what they offer for someone just going in to tour. But we enjoyed the day.

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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Historic”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Very good assimilation of the old days. Persons in period clothing can spout off many interesting facts of the time.

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Philadelphia Pennsylvania
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Neat Collection of Antique Structures”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We visited in October 2012 (reviewing now because I'm only just now cleaning out my "to-review" box of receipts) during the "Murder Mystery Weekend." Apparently they do that every year.

The "village" itself is a museum composed of about two-or-three dozen old structures from around the area, including several houses, several stores, an old school house, and some others. Docents occupy several of the structures and can tell you about them. The museum brochure tells you about the others. (There are also a few horses and ducks/geese for the kids to pet and feed.)

Because the buildings are authentic (all dissassembled, moved to the site, and reassembled), it's pretty interesting if you're into this sort of thing. (I and my family are, but some might not be.)

I'm planning to attend the "Murder Mystery" again next year if they run it. In that event, sevearl of the buildings are open at night, the grounds are candle-lit, and one travels from building to building to learn "clues" from docents posing as residents. It was cute (and not as hokey in 2012 as some of these 'mystery' events sometimes are.)

(Note: food offerings are fairly limited - pretty much snacks and a few sandwiches , so don't rely on them if you're picky or want an upscale meal of any sort.)

We enjoyed it a lot, and returned shortly after the 2012 mystery event to tour the museum properly (not all buildings open during the event).

Visited October 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Felt like I was set back in time.”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

It's very interesting to take a tour here because everything is so historical and cool. Definitely recommend to anyone of any age.

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