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Celebrating over 83 years of serving Bedford and the surrounding area! Insurance, Real Estate & Auctioneers

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CONTENTS MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN CONTENTS About the Chamber................................... 6 Bedford Maps......................................... 10 Business.................................................. 14 Community.............................................. 20 Recreation............................................... 28



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Contributing Writer Lindsey Wagnon

The 2011-12 Bedford Area Chamber Community Guide was produced by Laker Media, a division of Times-World LLC. It is a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce publication created in cooperation with the Bedford area Welcome Center (Bedford City/ County Office of Tourism). While every possible effort has been made to verify all facts and figures herein, Laker Media, Times-World LLC and the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce take no responsibility for omissions or inaccuracies. Content may not be reproduced without written consent from TimesWorld LLC. All rights reserved. Copyright 2011, Times-World LLC. For more information: 272 Westlake Road, Suite 1, Hardy, VA 24101. Phone: 540-721-4675.

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e are Bedford! As you enjoy the beauty this area has to offer, remember it’s truly the people that make us unique. The small shop owner in Centertown, the entrepreneur in Forest, the marina owner at Smith Mountain Lake, the orchard owner, farmer, and countless other individuals pursuing their dreams make our community so appealing. We invite you to share in our amazement of an area rich in history and traditions. As you absorb all this community has to offer, be sure to take a moment to talk to those individuals who are truly living their dreams here in Bedford. The D-Day Memorial, Poplar Forest, Bedford Museum, Peaks of Otter and Smith Mountain Lake are just a few of the opportunities available for you to enjoy during your visit. Take a stroll in downtown Bedford and

witness the resurgence of energy and activity. You will be amazed by the new businesses that have opened in just the past few months. It’s exciting to see, and that excitement is contagious with even more businesses planning to invest in our community. And the enthusiasm isn’t limited to downtown Bedford. The Forest area continues its steady growth, and Downtown Moneta and Smith Mountain Lake offer a wide variety of housing, entertainment, recreation and shopping opportunities for the entire family. We are Bedford, and we have so much to offer our visitors. Plan to spend a few days with us and you will see how quickly you turn from stranger to friend. After all, we were all strangers here at one time and it’s how we choose to represent this area that makes Bedford so distinctive.

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Clockwise from top: Sharp Top rises above Abbott Lake at the Peaks of Otter; Virginia wine is produced at five vineyards in Bedford County; water sports are a popular pastime at Smith Mountain Lake; Centertown’s signature

Main Office: 305 East Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523 • (540) 586-9401 Forest Satellite Office: 14805 Forest Rd. Ste 107, Forest, VA 24551 • (434) 525-7860

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OUR VISION To be the premier driving force for business and community prosperity in Central Virginia.

OUR MISSION An organization of business and community leaders working together to serve the interests of our members by providing programs and services which improve the economic vitality of our community.


OUR CORE VALUES »» Integrity »» Pro-Active »» Responsive »» Bold & Decisive »» Openness

The Bedford Area Chamber's staff, from left: Christy Lucy, Kathy Graham, Barbara Bostic, Susan Martin and Janet Walton.


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Chamber F or more than 72 years, the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has been the community’s leading advocate and champion for business in the region with a focus creating a climate of growth and success in our community. The Chamber provides leadership programs, networking opportunities, leads groups, volunteer programs and business-building initiatives. With opportunities for you to exchange ideas with other talented leaders in business, community and government, we help make your business run smoother – and make the community a better place to work, live and play. To find out more about the advantages of joining the Bedford Area Chamber, contact us today at or call 540.586.9401.

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Meet the Chamber

Board of Directors Chairman

Terry Wood* Controller Boxley (540) 777-7693

Vice Chairman

Anita Lowe* Community Health Services Advisor Bedford Memorial Hospital (540) 586-2441

Past Chairman

Alexander L. Richardson* (2nd Term) SVP/Retail Market Manager StellarOne (540) 378-1581


Susan Martin* Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce (540)586-9401

* Executive/Finance Committee Member

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Jim Burns* (2nd Term) Manager of Human Resources Andrew Solutions, A CommScope Company (434) 386-5300 Gary Case* President Gary W. Case and Company, Inc. (434) 847-6692 Ward Dean, Jr. * Ward Dean, Jr. CPA. PLLC (434) 385-5999 Jeff Graff (2nd Term) Owner Parkway Marina (540) 297-4412 Virgil Naff President Lynchburg Kawasaki Yamaha SeaDoo (434) 528-0462 Vince Phelps President VC Design and Build, Inc. (434) 477-5025 D.H. Powell Local Sales Manager WSET-TV Inc. (434) 455-5239 Ron Robey Owner L.R. Robey Agency/Aflac (540) 871-6018 Harry Schickling* Owner HARNAN Consulting, LLC (540) 314-3806 or (540) 586-5532 Dr. Douglas Schuch Superintendent Bedford County Public Schools (540) 586-1045

David J. Sensenig* Attorney Gavin Law Offices, PLC (804)690-2614 Kati Stuller Service Training Coordinator Cintas Corporation (540) 586-3626 Dave Vaden Broker/Owner SML Parkway Realty, Inc. (540) 297-0010 Joe Were (2nd Term) Associate Director of Health & Safety Teva Pharmaceuticals (434) 534-8612


Kathleen Guzi County Administrator Bedford County Administration (540) 586-7601 Charles Kolakowski City Manager City of Bedford (540) 587-6001 ADVISORY

Sergei Troubetzkoy, CTP Director, Bedford City & County Office of Tourism Bedford Area Welcome Center (540) 587-5681


Mary Beverley Branch Manager Moneta YMCA (540) 296-1059

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important contact information BEDFORD CITY

City Commissioner of Revenue 540-587-6052

Planning & Community Development 540-587-6021

Treasurer 540-586-7670

Public School Superintendent 540-586-1045



City Works

Voter Registration






Waste Water 540-587-6102

Water Treatment Plant 540-586-7197

Voter Registration 540-587-6007


Bedford, VA 24523 540-586-9401

Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Forest Office

Administration Animal Control

Bedford Area Welcome Center


Health Department 540-586-7952

Solid Waste Management

101 North Bridge Street, Suite 3 P.O.Box 405 Bedford, VA 24523 540-586-2148 or 1-866-586-2148

Region 2000 Economic Development Council

828 Main Street • P.O. Box 937 Lynchburg, VA 24505 434-847-1447 or 1-800-628-3413

Electricity Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Main Office Appalachian Electric 305 East Main Street Power

14805 Forest Road, Suite 107 Forest, VA 24551 434-525-7860


Bedford Mainstreet “Centertown”

816 Burks Hill Road Bedford, VA 24523 540-587-5681 or 1-877-HI-PEAKS


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Southside Electric Cooperative



Bedford Central Library


321 North Bridge Street Bedford, VA 24523 540-586-8911

Big Island Library 1111 Schooldays Road Big Island, VA 24526 540-425-7000, ext. 1

Forest Library 15583 Forest Road Forest, VA 24551 540-425-7002

Moneta/SML Library 13641 Moneta Road Moneta, VA 24121 540-425-7004

Montvale Library


11575 W. Lynchburg-Salem Tpke Montvale, VA 24122 540-425-7000, ext. 2

City of Bedford

Stewartsville Library


Power Outage 540-587-6071

New Service 540-587-6047

45 Cascade Drive Vinton, VA 24179 540-425-7000

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540-954-6222 water

Bedford County Public Service Authority 540-586-7679


Bedford Area Family YMCA Main Branch 1111 Turnpike Drive Bedford, VA 24523 540-586-3483

Bedford Area Family YMCA Moneta Branch 1039 Mayberry Crossing Dr. Moneta, VA 24121 540-296-1059

Bedford facts Location:

Bedford County is in Southwest Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The county seat, the city of Bedford, is midway between Roanoke to the west (Roanoke County) and Lynchburg to the east (Campbell County). From Bedford, it is 29 miles to Roanoke and 24 miles to Lynchburg.

The city of Bedford is:

Air Transportation:

»» 115 miles west of Richmond, the state capital

Lynchburg Regional Airport – 18 miles »» US Airways Express

»» 210 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

»» 215 miles west of Norfolk »» Within a day’s drive from Atlanta and New York

Population (County & City): 68,676 (2010) Median age: 40 Source: Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Estimates

»» Delta


Average July Temperature


Roanoke Regional Airport – 25 miles Offers convenient connections through domestic and international gateways in Orlando, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Cincinnati and Charlotte. »» Allegiant Air »» United Airlines »» US Airways

Ground Transportation:

By car: Three inter-regional highways pass through or are easily accessible from the Bedford area: »» US 460 connecting with I-81 near Roanoke

»» US 29 accessible in Lynchburg »» US 501 linking the Shenandoah Valley with central North Carolina By railroad: Reliable rail transportation services are provided by: »» Amtrak (Lynchburg) Passenger »» CSX Transportation - Freight »» Norfolk-Southern - Freight

Average January Temperature


Average Annual Rainfall

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The Right Factors for

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conomic development comes easily to Bedford County. Local government officials, including those with the Economic Development Authority (EDA), run a thoroughly economystimulating agenda. Bedford County Administrator Kathleen Guzi said there are a few key ways in which the county and its leaders encourage economic success. “Bedford offers companies such a high-quality, well-educated workforce in addition to the land and infrastructure required for business growth,” said Guzi. “The EDA is decidedly pro-active and has been for many years. The EDA supports a full existing business program geared to assist the wide variety of businesses that are located here.” Recently, many new commercial enterprises have cropped up in the Bedford area. Guzi said most have been small businesses and retail establishments. “Rather than one or two large new businesses, the past year has brought a wide variety of new commercial businesses in both the Forest and Moneta areas of Bedford County,” she said. “Some

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of these include a large apartment complex with multiple buildings, several new banks, pharmacies, retail shops of many types, and a number of restaurants, both sit-down and fast food.” Bill Hoy, County Public Information Officer, said businesses like these follow residential development, which can only happen if the foundational elements of infrastructure, like water lines and sewer systems, are provided. “You don’t get large housing without water and sewer; then retail follows rooftops,” Hoy said. “A lot of retailers also need water and sewer to operate. Any time you put in water and sewer, you open up that whole area. In terms of infrastructure, we have done quite a bit of improving, which allows economic development to happen.” One example of Bedford’s expanding commercial network is the Center for Advanced Engineering and

Above: The 27,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Engineering and Research assists companies with research primarily in nuclear energy and wireless communications.

Bedford County Economic Development Contact


K athl e e n G u z i County Administrator

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Research (CAER). Located in the recently built New London Business and Technology Center, the CAER will draw business and training activity from several related industries to Bedford County. “The CAER has been totally engaged in the construction of its building over the past year, but the facility is scheduled to open during Spring/Summer, with a grand opening event to be held later in the year,” Guzi said. “One of the most significant features of the building will be the tower encased B&W test loop, which feeds a prototype [non-nuclear] reactor for testing, and later, training purposes.” Bedford County authorities understand residential growth and economic development go hand-inhand. Guzi said Bedford offers all the right factors for current prosperity and a promising future. She is happy to report strong evidence for both. “Certain manufacturers and a number of service businesses have begun to add personnel after the difficult economic period of the past two years,” said Guzi. “Combined with the quality of life one finds in Central Virginia, it’s easy to see why businesses like to stay and grow.”



Bedford County


TEVA (formerly Barr Labs)


InService America


Bedford Memorial Hospital


Georgia Pacific


Mail America Communications, Inc.


Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc.


Sam Moore Furniture


Kroger (Forest)


Andrew Solutions, a CommScope Co.


Brooks Food Group


Harris (formerly Tyco)




Smyth Company


Bedford Weaving Mills, Inc.


RST Marketing


*W  ith 100 or more employees. Information gathered from the Bedford County Economic Development Department, April 2011.


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Bedford area chamber of Commerce

As a dynamic organization committed to managed growth and development, the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce facilitates change by partnering with business, education, government and the community. The U.S. Chamber has accredited the BACC and recognized it for quality programs, clear organizational procedures and for being a catalyst for positive action in the community.

Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce 305 E Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523 (540) 586-9401

business development centre

The services of the Business Development Centre are available to business owners and prospective business owners in the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford, the towns of Altavista and Amherst, and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell in Central Virginia.

region 2000 partnership

Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership is a collaboration of six organizations that work together to create a supportive environment for the cities, towns, counties and businesses that make up the 2,000 square miles surrounding Lynchburg. Together, these partners work hard to expand entrepreneurship and new technologies while providing strong workforce support to new and existing companies and managing regional growth and development. The six organizations include The Economic Development Council, The Center for Advanced Engineering & Research, the Technology Council, the Young Professionals of Central Virginia, the Local Government Council and the Workforce Investment Board.

Region 2000 Partnership 828 Main Street, 12th Floor, Lynchburg, VA 24504 (434) 845-2000 or (800) 628-3413

Small Business Development Centre 147 Mill Ridge Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502 (434) 582-6100 bedford main street, inc.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership

This resource helps businesses select location or relocation sites. For those businesses located in Virginia, the Partnership provides expert, cost-effective export assistance to open a world of trade opportunities.

VA Economic Development Partnership 901 East Byrd Street P.O. Box 798, Richmond, VA 23218-0798 (804) 371-8202 (business investment inquiries) (804) 371-8100 (general inquiries) 16 |

Bedford Main Street, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has helped spark economic, physical and cultural renewal in Centertown Bedford through projects such as the Bedford Farmers Market, Bedford Council for the Arts and a variety of festivals and events. The organization also offers a lowinterest loan pool, façade design assistance and retail promotion collaboration.

Bedford Main Street, Inc. 101 North Bridge Street, Suite 3 Post Office Box 405 Bedford, Virginia 24523 (540) 586-2148 or (866) 586-2148

Find that Perfect Match! greater lynchburg score

A nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE serves the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford; and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell. Business tools, business plan templates, workshops and publications are available to help small business owners improve their skills and grow their business.

Greater Lynchburg SCORE 1101 Court Street, Suite A42, Lynchburg, VA 24504 (434) 846-3235 STATE & FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

Business-Friendly, Family-Oriented County Seeks Like-Minded Individuals for Growth Opportunities, Partnership & Work/Life

B a l a n c e. Bedford offers a thriving entrepreneurial environment rich in Technology, Research & Agriculture. Our diverse workforce &established infrastructure, combined with educational & recreational amenities, make Bedford the ideal locale for beginning, expanding or relocating your business & raising your family.

Property owners who complete a certified rehabilitation of a significant historic building can receive an income tax credit on 25 percent of their eligible expenses through the Virginia Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and an additional 20 percent credit through the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources administers the state tax credit programs.

Roanoke Regional Preservation Office 1030 Penmar Avenue, SE, Roanoke, VA 24013 (540) 857-7585 local TAX CREDITS

Historic real estate may be eligible for an exemption to a real estate tax increase for up to three years. For more information, contact the Commissioner of the Revenue.

Commissioner of the Revenue (540) 587-6051

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Explore Bedford’s

Rich Heritage Above: Allied flags fly in the shadow of the National D-Day Memorial’s Overlord Arch.


istory is richly woven into the community highlights of modern day Bedford. Two of the area’s most prominent attractions – the National D-Day Memorial and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest – are places of high tribute to monumental people and events of yesteryear.

National D-Day Memorial Ten years ago, Bedford County became home to the National D-Day Memorial. The monument, dedicated by President Bush on June 6, 2001, is a powerful tribute to all veterans of World War II and a special source of pride for Bedford residents. D-Day Memorial Director of Education April CheekMessier explained: “On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers held the beaches of Normandy firmly, but at a cost

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with 4,413 who lost their lives in the effort, including 19 sons of Bedford. The loss was a devastating blow to the close-knit community of just over 3,200 citizens, but it also earned Bedford the distinction of sustaining the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation.” Honored by the tribute, Bedford residents have provided tremendous support to the memorial. “Local citizens have given their time, talents, and funding over the years to keep the Memorial operating,” Cheek-Messier said. “Volunteers provide tours, give information to visitors, work in the gift shop, assist in the archives, and help with programming, landscaping, and numerous other tasks as needed.” The D-Day Memorial has welcomed more than

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Many famous historic figures have passed through or resided in Bedford County, but not many left their mark so distinctly as our nation’s third president. “Poplar Forest was Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat,” said Director of Public Relations Anna Bentson. “Thomas Jefferson designed and created it for his own use. It is an exciting opportunity to be there at the beginning.” At Poplar Forest, visitors get to witness archaeologists bringing new information to light and craftsmen restoring the space.

“Visitors can view meticulous historic restoration in progress at the house Jefferson considered his best design for the life of a private citizen; tour the house to learn about architecture, preservation and life in the early 19th-century; see ongoing excavation and view artifacts from the plantation community that lived and worked at Poplar Forest,” said Bentson. In addition, Poplar Forest hosts numerous special events each year, including musical performances, theater productions and lectures. The events draw attendees from all over the region and raise funds to support the landmark. The annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival underscores winemaking – a passion of Jefferson’s and a thriving Bedford industry today. “The Bedford/Lynchburg area boasts multiple wineries, including the five wineries comprising the Bedford Wine Trail,” said Bentson. “Now in its third year, the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival is a regional partnership between Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Bedford City & County Department of Tourism and the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau. Below left: A sculpture of General Dwight D. The day-long festival features Eisenhower is a centerpiece at the National D-Day 12 Virginia wineries, local food Memorial. purveyors and artisans and Below right: Thomas Jefferson designed Poplar crafters.” Forest as a personal retreat. For more information on Poplar Forest, call 434-5251806 or visit


one million visitors since its establishment. Funding the attraction has been a challenge to the Memorial’s Foundation and Cheek-Messier said the National Park Service is conducting a feasibility study to possibly make the Memorial a National Park. The process can take up to two years but in the meantime the monument is well maintained by the people of Bedford. “Local businesses support events, citizens renew memberships annually, and individuals and corporations make contributions that year after year have kept the Memorial open and operating,” said Cheek-Messier. “The Memorial is grateful to the community for its continued support and dedication.” For more information on the National D-Day Memorial, call 800-351-DDAY or visit | 21


Life in Bedford W

hether you’re looking for the perfect community to raise a family or a quiet spot to spend glorious retirement days, you’ll find it in Bedford County. Our communities offer history, culture, amenities and exceptional scenic beauty.

Bedford City and Centertown

From top: Kids get messy during the chocolate-eating contest at Forest’s annual ChocolateFest. Sailing is a popular pastime at Smith Mountain Lake.

Bedford is the quintessential small town, with its courthouse, library, post office, rustic churches and stalwart sycamore trees. However, the town is not stuck in the past. It is vital and growing, spreading to encompass new residents and businesses. Bedford supports excellent schools, healthcare, transportation and infrastructure. It is a superb place to live – tied to its rural surroundings and unmatched recreation, but offering the vitality of community and the activity of commerce and culture Centertown, truly the heart of Bedford, is host to a thriving farmer’s market, an art and antique district, the Wharton House and Gardens, Historic Avenel and the Bower Center for the Arts. Residents and visitors enjoy events throughout the year, including CenterFest, a free celebration with arts, crafts, children’s activities, music and food. Also popular is 2nd Fridays, a free monthly street festival with art, live music, special events and extended hours for Centertown’s shops and restaurants. Find more information online at

Forest One of the fastest growing parts of Bedford County, Forest is an attractive place to both live and work. Flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by beautiful farmland, Forest is home to

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many new housing developments and business parks. The area also features abundant shopping opportunities, including Forest Square with retail stores, banks, restaurants and a satellite office of the Bedford Area Chamber. The center’s Kroger, a food and drug store open 24 hours a day, is one of the largest in the region with 78,000 square feet. Outdoor recreation is an important component of life for the residents of Forest, with golf and horseback riding popular. The town’s most well-known attraction is Poplar Forest, the restored home and personal retreat of President Thomas Jefferson. Forest also hosts a number of activities and events, including April’s ChocolateFest. The annual event features chocolate tastings by a variety of vendors, live music, children’s activities and contests. Forest’s close proximity to Lynchburg (about a 10-minute drive) puts big-city activities within easy reach for residents who are heavily involved in their community’s activities.

Smith Mountain Lake The southern edge of Bedford County borders a 22,000-acre retreat featuring abundant activities for water sport enthusiasts as well as those looking for some relaxation. Home to more than 20,000 people who thrive along its 500 miles of shoreline and delight in its waters, the lake continues to attract new residents, tourists and businesses. Created in the

For the Golden Years The Bedford area also offers numerous assisted living and nursing home options, including the Bedford County Nursing Home, a not-for-profit, intermediate long-term care facility owned and operated by Bedford County. The 90-bed home is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is Medicaid certified. Bedford is also the location of the Elks National Home, which dates back to 1902. The complex features a seven-hole executive golf course, library, exercise room, game room and flower garden. At Christmas time, an estimated 27,000 cars (100,000 people) drive through the grounds at night to view a dazzling display of lights and decorations, a tradition since 1953.

Above: The clock in Centertown is one of Bedford’s most recognizable landmarks. 1960s as a hydro-electric project, Smith Mountain Lake is also an ideal vacation spot. Sailing, fishing, boating, water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing are popular. Also plentiful are onshore activities such as golf, hiking and biking as well as fun-filled events such as the annual Beach Bash Sip-n-Shag Wine Festival.

Outlying Areas In the western and northern part of the county are the communities of Montvale, Villamont, Thaxton, Union, Kelso, Jordantown, Shady Grove and Mountain View. Montvale is one of the oldest villages in the county. It is believed that the infamous Beale Treasure from the early 1800s is located in this area and there have been numerous attempts to unravel this mystery. On the north side of the county, you can find several orchards with fantastic seasonal items

like peaches and apples. Goode, located midway between Bedford City and Forest on Rt. 221, features scenic views of the Peaks of Otter, beautiful farms and many new housing developments. Big Island, located on the James River, is close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Natural Bridge. In the southwest part of the county are the villages of Goodview, Stewartsville, Chamblissburg and Moneta, which was once surrounded by canneries, dairies and farms. Now, because of its proximity to Smith Mountain Lake, there are shops, restaurants and many other community businesses and services to support lake residents and tourists. Huddleston, further east, is also a center of lake commerce. This village is home to SML State Park, a lakeside golf course and other recreation opportunities. | 23



This group is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides leadership and resources for numerous preservation, educational and heritage tourism projects. Membership is open to all interested citizens.

The citizens of Bedford are proud of their rich heritage and work to preserve it through museums, historic homes and geneaolgical groups.

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Please plan to come visit Olde Liberty Station. While the station house has a rich and colorful background, its present-day use as a full-service restaurant showcases the history of the building and of the Bedford, Virginia area. Our menu of delicious American fare, created with the best ingredients available, will satisfy the appetite of travelers and locals alike. Best of all, our guests can complete their meal with a slice of Harry’s Famous Cheesecake – in any of our tempting flavors that will leave you wanting more!

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Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library

Located in the heart of the city of Bedford, Historic Avenel (circa 1838) was the focal point of a 200-acre plantation that served as the centerpiece of social, cultural and political life in Bedford for more than 150 years. Avenel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. 540-586-1814,

Local history during the Civil War, World War I and World War II is on display in an 1895 Romanesque revival building in downtown Bedford. Includes three floors of exhibits as well as a genealogy research library. 540-586-4520,

Bedford Genealogical Society Organization comprised of people interested in researching and preserving the family surnames of Bedford County. Events include regular meetings, classes and an annual genealogy fair. 540-466-4247,

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Opportunities in and around Bedford K-12 Public schools Name/ Address


Name/ Address


Elementary Schools (15)


Bedford Public School System 310 South Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523 540-586-1045 •

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Bedford Public School System offers outstanding academic and extracurricular programs at all levels of K-12 education.

Middle Schools (3)


High Schools (3)


Science and Technology Center


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Contact info



Central Virginia Community College-Bedford Campus 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA 24523



Offers more than 65 classes each semester through Central Virginia Community College

Central Virginia Community College-Main Campus 3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502-2498



Two-year institution offering degrees in a wide range of arts and sciences and pre-professional areas

Lynchburg College 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501



Private residential four-year college with a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences curriculum.

Liberty University 1971 University Blvd. , Lynburg, VA 24502



Private residential four-year Christian university offering 140 undergraduate and graduate programs.

National College (Lynchburg) 104 Candlewood Ct., Lynchburg, VA 24502



Local campus for national business and technology careeroriented college

Virginia Western Community College 3094 Colonial Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24015-4705



Two-year public institution of higher education operating under a statewide system of community colleges

Hollins University 7916 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019


759/undergrad 249/graduate

Residential liberal arts and sciences college for women; co-ed graduate studies offered

National College (Roanoke) 1813 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153



Local campus for nationwide business and technology career-oriented college.

Roanoke College 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153



Four-year residential college with bachelor’s degrees in arts, science and business administration

Roanoke Higher Education Center 108 North Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24016



Collaborative project among 16 member institutions and agencies offering educational programs for career starts or a change in career direction

Skyline College 5234 Airport Rd. NW, Roanoke, VA 24012



Private, Virginia-based college focused on providing technology and medical programs of study

Ferrum College 215 Ferrum Mountain Rd., Ferrum, VA 24088



Private, residential four-year college with 33 areas of study from teacher education to criminal justice, business and environmental science

Sweet Briar College 134 Chapel Rd., Sweet Briar, VA 24595



Residential liberal arts and sciences college for women; co-ed graduate studies offered

Colleges and Universities >>Bedford and Lynchburg

>>Roanoke Area

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health R

esidents of and visitors to the Bedford area have access to some of the finest healthcare options in central Virginia. In addition to Bedford Memorial Hospital, patients have access to larger hospitals in Roanoke and Lynchburg, which provide additional emergency services and other medical support.


From its humble, community-driven beginning to today’s technologically advanced services, Bedford Memorial has a storied history. Now owned by Carilion Clinic and Centra Health, the hospital has excellent physicians and nurses dedicated to quality, personal patient care. The facility offers services – including 24-hour emergency care – to more than 60,000 patients each year. .

1613 Oakwood Street, Bedford 540-586-2441 | BEDFORD COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION

A healthcare advocate for the Bedford community, the Foundation offers mammography screening, school nurses, care for the elderly and emergency medical services. It also provides equipment for Bedford Memorial Hospital and a wide variety of support programs.


The Cardiovascular Group’s newest location at Downtown Moneta allows patients in the southwestern part of the county, near Smith Mountain Lake, access to comprehensive cardiovascular care from a team of experienced and knowledgeable heart specialists.

1039 Mayberry Crossing Dr., Suite C, Moneta 540-297-7840 |

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Discover the Great

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ctivity and adventure are widespread in Bedford County. From horseback riding to hiking to fine dining, there is no end to the opportunities for fun and making new memories. Bedford’s fullness of life is enriched by all the recreational opportunities a person could want.

Smith Mountain Lake A major attraction of the region, Smith Mountain Lake is a treasure trove of outdoor experiences. The 20,600-acre lake is a popular hub for fishing, water sports and boating activity. A gorgeous waterscape surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake is deemed an idyllic retreat by all who come by it. Beautiful resort-like views from every lakeside window make the lake a perfect place for escaping the demands of life.

Right: Whether you’re a casual weekend Angler or aspire to the pro tour, Smith Mountain Lake is an ideal fishing destination. Far right: The Bedford area features scenic and challenging golf courses.

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On the Bedford side, Smith Mountain Lake boasts a large state park with a well-maintained public beach, campground, hiking and biking trails and fishing hot spots. Smith Mountain Lake is a haven for anglers, particularly those fishing for striped bass. Excellent waterfront golfing, distinctive fine or casual dining, shopping and even a charming 1950s-style diner and drive-in theater are some of the best experiences in Bedford County. Log on to for additional information.

Peaks of Otter Bordered by the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Bedford County contains several well-loved hiking trails and natural attractions. One of the most popular in the state is Peaks of Otter. From hiking lovers to families enjoying the great outdoors, Peaks

of Otter is a top destination. The three peaks – Sharp Top, Flat Top and Harkening Hill – offer many trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. A visit to the Peaks to picnic, tour the on-site lodge, take pictures at lovely Abbott Lake and hike even the longest trail can easily be done in less than a day. Call 540-586-1081 or log on to for more information.

Frisbee Golf and Skate Park at Falling Creek Park Bedford County’s parks and recreation department is continually pioneering first-rate outdoor activity opportunities. One of the most recent endeavors is an 18-hole disc golf course at Falling Creek Park. Among the already pristine picnic shelters, playground, fitness trail and hiking/running or walking

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paths is the opportunity to challenge friends and family to a heart-pumping round of disc golf. The course was designed for a range of players, from beginner to experienced. Another exciting addition to Bedford County’s recreation scene is the new skate park facility at Falling Creek Park. County Parks and Recreation Director Michael Stokes said the park is state-of-theart with more than 16,000 square feet of concrete skateable area. “The park is designed where those just starting out have areas to skate,” said Stokes. “[There are also] plenty of places for the more advanced. We are considering hosting competitive events and other types of skating events there in the future.” The skate park opens at 9 a.m. and closes at sunset. See the Bedford Skate Park Project page on Facebook for more information or call 540-5867682. For information on other Bedford area parks and gardens as well as the county’s youth sports programs, visit

Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway offers 469 miles of picturesque travel across North Carolina and Virginia, including a scenic stint through Bedford County. Ranging in elevations from 600 to 6,000 feet, the Parkway is a beautiful trip in any season. A drive down the Parkway is slow-paced (maximum 45 mph) and relaxing. Numerous overlooks and trails along the way reveal natural and cultural history of the area. Parkway maps are available at the Bedford Welcome Center, the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center or online at

Appalachian Trail The Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes by the Peaks of Otter, along its amazing 2,175-milelong path. Fifty-three miles of the trail run through the Glenwood Ranger District, where elevations range from 700 feet at the James River to 4,225 feet at Apple Orchard. Eight shelters are available. The trail visits the James River Face and Thunder

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Above: Mountain biking is among the many recreational options to choose from in the Bedford area. Below: Abbott Lake at Peaks of Otter, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Ridge wildernesses and meanders near the Cave Mountain Lake and North Creek recreation areas. In the Bedford area, you can join the trail at Blue Ridge Parkway mileposts 80.5 Floyd Field, 90.9 Bearwallow Gap, or Milepost 92.5 Sharp Top Overlook. For more information, visit

Golf Virginia’s mild climate and its scenic beauty combine to make Bedford a wonderful place to play golf yearround. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop and Smith Mountain Lake as a setting, the area has some of the most scenic and challenging courses in Virginia. Log on to for a complete listing of golf courses in Bedford County.

Camping Camping is a great way to spend quality family time together while enjoying the great outdoors. So start rolling your sleeping bag, grab the tent and make plans to camp at one of the Bedford area’s many sites in the mountains or at Smith Mountain Lake. Log on to for a listing of campgrounds in Bedford County.

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Art and Culture in

Abundance T

he Bedford Area is home to a variety of arts and cultural opportunities, including galleries, live theater and music, festivals, and historic and educational venues.

Bedford’s Little Town Players For more than 30 years, the Little Town Players have brought outstanding community theater – drama, musicals and comedies – to the Bedford region. All performances take place at the theater located on the grounds of the Elks National Home. 931 Ashland Avenue, Bedford | 540-586-5881 |

Below: The Peaks of Otter as seen from Lynchburg College’s Claytor Nature Study Center, a 470-acre outdoor classroom.

Bower Center for the Arts The Bedford Academy for the Arts at the Bower Center creates opportunities to engage in visual and performing arts through quality education, group and individual instruction, presentations, performances and personal involvement created for those in any stage of life. 305 North Bridge Street, Bedford | 540-586-7030 |

Claytor Nature Study Center Lynchburg College’s 470-acre Claytor Nature Study Center is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bedford County. This unique facility provides opportunities for environmental education programs and research, interdisciplinary study and seminar and retreat facilities. 1844 Woods Rd, Bedford | 434-544-8360 |

Emerson Creek Pottery Handmade and hand-painted, Emerson Creek Pottery has graced homes since 1977 when the owners first fired their ceramic creations in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Emerson Creek artisans create one-of-a-kind dinnerware, bake ware, tea sets, pitchers, lamps, vases and other items. 1068 Pottery Lane, Bedford | 540-297-7884 |

Goose Creek Studio Goose Creek Studio offers quality custom framing and hospitable exhibit space featuring regional artists and artists working at the intersection of faith and creative expression. 302 Court Street, Bedford | 540-586-8482 |

The Little Gallery For more than 23 years, The Little Gallery has delighted Smith Mountain Lake residents and visitors with its variety of original artwork, jewelry, handmade

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FACTORY OUTLET Handmade in Bedford, VA

pottery, stained glass, blown glass and prints. Shop and enjoy the beautiful lake view from the deck at The Little Gallery. Bridgewater Plaza at Smith Mountain Lake | 16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta | 540-7211596 |

Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 4 PMtClosed Sunday


Sedalia Center The 14-acre Sedalia Center offers a range of activities as a cultural and educational institution. Classes, camps, concerts, plays and Native American events are offered along with numerous outdoor activities. The center is noted for its festivals, which feature blues, bluegrass, gospel and Celtic music and dance. 1108 Sedalia School Rd., Big Island | 434-2995080 |

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Other Notable Galleries & Artists

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305 East Main Street Bedford, VA 24523 540-586-9401

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Take the Trail T

he Bedford Wine Trail is comprised of five local wineries. Started in 2006, the trail is designed to boost tourism and help the county’s wineries increase business by banding together.

Pick up a Bedford Wine Trail map at the Bedford Area Welcome Center, located at the intersection of Virginia 460 and 122, or download it at Have your map stamped at each winery then return to the welcome center to receive a commemorative wine glass.

Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery 1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta 540-296-1393 •

LeoGrande Vineyards and Winery 1343 Wingfield Drive, Goode 540-586-4066 •

Peaks of Otter Winery 2122 Sheep Creek Road, Bedford 540-586-3707 •

Savoy-Lee Vineyard & Winery 5800 Johnson Mountain Road, Huddleston 540-297-9275 •

White Rock Vineyards & Winery 2117 Bruno Drive, Goodview 540-890-3359 •

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Gross’ 2rchard in 1pple Valley OPEN YEAR ROUND

Apple Valley Home Place


Relax in the Comforts of Home The Home Place is a two story, six room home, surrounded by the Gross Family Apple and Peach Orchard in Apple Valley. You will be thrilled with the breath taking view of the Peaks of Otter mountains. Come and enjoy this three bedroom home with a large living room, dining room, kitchen, bath and porch. It is completely furnished for you enjoyment, any season of the year. You may hike the trails through the apple and peach orchards and enjoy the fruit from the trees in season, or relax the afternoon on the porch. The Apple Valley Country Store is nearby.


Call for Reservations 540-586-2436





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