Buildings are sorely deteriorated, most buildings are open & w/o guides. your own guess what was supposed to go on. Worst is "sweet billy" the reputed gunsmith whose products are reported to be Bedford style rifles. Any resemblance between the true Bedford and sweet billy's work is purely coincidental. Other "craftsmen" are poor to worse and Billy and his compatriots really don't care about the paying customers. Save your money! Supposedly handicap accessible -- that's a joke! There is nothing at all to attract younger kids.
Old Bedford Village is operated as a nonprofit organization with a very small full-time staff. Most people working in the Village are unpaid volunteers. As a result not all buildings are staffed full-time. That being said, we do try to ensure that we have several volunteers working each day who are often able to answer a wide range of questions about not only the building they are in, but about many of the buildings and about life in the 18th and 19th centuries in a small frontier settlement.
While we are aware that some of our buildings need some repairs, it is important to realize that Old Bedford Village represents a frontier settlement, and historically things would not have been perfect. Many of our buildings are well over 100 years old, and several are original 18th century structures, placing them at over 200 years old. When repairs are made we attempt to use traditional methods whenever possible. In recent years, many buildings have received new roofs and porches. We also renovated the Claycomb Covered Bridge. Many of these repairs are completed by volunteers and funded through grants and the generosity of private donors. As we have the funds, additional repairs and renovations will continue to be made.
As far as the assertion that we do not care about our customers, that could not be further from the truth. We strive to ensure everyone who visits learns something from their trip. We also strive to help children learn about the past, and have many schools who bring their students year after year to participate in our hands-on educational programs and speak with our costumed interpreters. Outside of school trips, our interpreters all take a great interest in our younger visitors as we recognize that for historical sites to survive, we must appeal to our youngest guests. This includes activities for children at events such as our recent Old West Weekend, as well as family-focused events such as Pumpkinfest each fall.
If you had problems on your trip, we would have gladly discussed them and listened to your concerns in person. Unfortunately, this is difficult to do when anonymous online posts are made after the fact. We are sorry that you had a negative experience at Old Bedford Village and the numerous other Bedford County sites you posted negative comments about. We do hope you give the many attractions and businesses in your hometown another chance. Thank you!