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“worse than than terrible”

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
Reviewed May 26, 2013

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.

1  Thank scooterpup
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Old Bedford V, Public Relations Manager at Old Bedford Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2013

Hello, Scooterpup:

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!

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"re enactors"
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"living history"
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"candle making"
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"broom maker"
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"candle maker"
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"step back in time"
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"welcome center"
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"murder mystery"
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"frontier life"
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"post office"
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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.

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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.

1  Thank RobErickKel
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

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

Thank teeshort
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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).

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