Old Fort Bedford Museum

Bedford, Pennsylvania

Historic Fort Bedford, constructed during the summer of 1758 by Colonel Henry Bouquet, under the order of General Forbes, served as the point of rendezvous for British and Colonial troops and the principle point for British military push over the Allegheny Front towards Fort Duquesne and the Forks of the Ohio. Located on Forbes military road, Fort Bedford was an irregular shaped log stockade palisade with five bastions, a dry moat, and unique water supply gallery extending from the fort over the Raystown River. The massive encampment that supported Fort Bedford eventually yielded a small colonial frontier settlement recognized in the Pennsylvania manor survey of 1761 as Bedford Borough. Incorporated in March 1771, from Cumberland County, PA, Bedford County initially compromised all of western Pennsylvania including Fort Pitt and the Forks of the Ohio. The Fort Bedford Museum honors the people and place of Bedford County, Pennsylvania with an extensive collection of artifacts related to the early settlement of the colonial wilderness and the subsequent development of Bedford County as a place of commerce, culture and politics nestled among the extensive ridges of South Central Allegheny Mountains.

Downtown in Bedford
Bedford, Pennsylvania
(814) 623-8891

Hours of Operation

Open May 14 through October 19, Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., and all major holidays.

Fort Bedford Museum
Bedford County Visitors Bureau
Visitor Experiences

Fort on Site
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Handicap Accessibility
Park/Recreation Area
Picnic Area