Old Bedford Village in PA

Old Bedford Village in Bedford County is a living history museum that gives you a glimpse into what life was like in western Pennsylvania from 1700 until 1899. Rather than viewing old photos and dusty relics, visitors learn by seeing reenactors demonstrating activities that would have been common in Bedford County from colonial times up through the Civil War.  Like any good museum, there is a visitor center and a gift shop, but the bulk of your visit to Old Bedford Village will be spent touring the 40-plus buildings that make up this replica of a western PA frontier village.

The History of Old Bedford Village

The land on which Old Bedford Village sits today was once occupied by a Monongahela village, sometime between 1250 and 1600 A.D. Today the Shoop House at Old Bedford Village houses an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits related to those Native Americans who once called this land home.

Construction of Old Bedford Village began in 1974, to promote the area’s rich historic heritage and in preparation for America’s Bicentennial in 1976.  Many of the buildings at Old Bedford Village are in fact authentically old – they were disassembled elsewhere in the county are reassembled on new lots at the museum.  The Eight-Square School, for example, was built in Bedford County in 1851, and utilized this unique shape to allow for equal distribution of light and heat.

exterior of Eight Square School
interior of Eight Square School

TheClaycomb Covered Bridge was built elsewhere in the county in 1844, and was later dismantled and relocated to Old Bedford Village, where it now serves as the entrance to the property.

As a living history museum, many artisans occupy various shops around the village, demonstrating their trades and wares. Gunsmiths, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, and candlemakers are just a few of the artisans you can watch, and in some cases, buy their finished products.  Some of the shops, like the tinsmith shop, allow you to try your own hand at these frontier skills.

Aside from arts and crafts shops, you can also see what a typical frontier home looked like at Old Bedford Village.

Old Bedford Village is located at 220 Sawblade Rd, Bedford, PA 15522, just south of the I99/ PA Turnpike interchange.  In addition to the permanent exhibits there, Old Bedford Village hosts many special events during the year.

(Pat’s note: there is also a special spot reserved for unruly children and politicians…lol)

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103 thoughts on “Old Bedford Village in PA

  1. Kari Lake’s position on homelessness…it’s long, but an easy read. and it’s what the country needs imo
    Homelessness in Arizona is increasing at a staggering rate. Homeless encampments, drugged-out and deranged individuals, and the extensive damage they are doing to the quality of life in our communities has spread far beyond our biggest cities, even impacting rural and mountain communities like Pine, Payson, and Flagstaff. Government programs and homeless service providers are not making the problem better. Instead, they have essentially given up and are enabling chronic street homelessness, drug use, and mental illness. They ignore the impacts on citizens, families, and communities.

    This has to stop. We can have compassion for the homeless, but it cannot be at the expense of everyone else. Nor can we continue to pretend that a large part of the problem isn’t coming from people who are choosing chronic street homelessness as a lifestyle – or that our current system appears dedicated to making that choice easier and more comfortable.

    This is just plain wrong. People have a right to walk into a store without being accosted or harassed. Mothers have a right to take their kids to the park and let them play without fear that they’re going to get stuck with a dirty needle. Families have a right to be safe on their streets and in their homes. Citizens deserve protection and safety from the state and cities they pay taxes too.

    Right now, they are not.

    I don’t accept that this is the way things need to be. We do not need to accept rampant violence, blight, and property crimes. We don’t need to allow homeless encampments destroy our neighborhoods and open spaces. We don’t need to treat people who are making life miserable for everyone around them with kid gloves. It’s time for some tough love.

    As Governor, I will give the people who are choosing this drug and alcohol-fueled street lifestyle a choice: get treatment, go to jail, or get going. There are plenty of blue states willing to indulge their destructive behavior. Under my leadership, Arizona won’t be one of them.

    We will have compassion for people who need and want help. We will do everything we can to get them off the street and back into society. But we won’t keep doing it on the backs of our citizens.

    We’re going to get them off of our streets, one way or another.

    I am proposing the most extensive, aggressive and comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness and providing real treatment and support to people who are willing to accept it anywhere in the country. They will have beds, treatment, support, and hope. Those who refuse will find something else entirely: a state that simply isn’t willing to tolerate their abuses any more.


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  2. Roy Moore vindicated…jusry awards him $8 million
    A federal jury awarded Republican Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages Friday after finding that a Democratic super PAC defamed him in an advertisement during the 2017 U.S. Senate race in Alabama.
    Conservative Roy Moore had won the Senate primary. Democrats then set out to destroy his candidacy.
    Judge Roy Moore

    Jurors found the Senate Majority PAC made false and defamatory statements against Moore in the ad that attempted to capitalize on a sexual misconduct accusation made against Moore during the 2017 race, Yahoo News reports.


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  4. 8 members of the House Select Committee on Inteligence want some answers…are they for real or grandstanding?
    tough words–no one is above the law, incuding you Wray and you Garland…
    “That’s why our request remains that the Director of the FBI and the Attorney General disclose to this committee the imminent national security threat upon which they based their decision to order a raid upon the president’s home,” said Turner. Again, underscoring that there were many other options available to them.

    “We believe that after the release today that these questions will still remain unanswered,” Turner continued.

    Turner also said they wanted Rep. Adam Schiff (D.-Calif.), who serves as chairman of the Intelligence Committee, to back up their request with a subpoena if necessary.

    “We are requesting that the chairman of the committee support our request for the disclosure of this information to our committee and we are requesting that it be backed up, if they do not comply with our request, by a subpoena from our committee,” said Turner.

    “Our committee is intended to work with classified information. There is nothing that would be the subject matter of this that cannot be disclosed to our committee,” Turner said. “And we also are the committee that deals with national security threats and we want to know what was this imminent national security threat upon which this was based.”


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  5. daughter of 2 political figures mistakenly gets awarded a beauty pageant title, then upon review, the college deemed another girl actually won (they checked scoring). so naturally the girl AND her parents sue…for $75,000 for trauma, reimbursement of time and CLOTHING…AND this woman is now running for congress.
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    A Democratic congressional candidate sued her college after she lost a hotly contested university beauty pageant, according to court records reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

    Emilia Sykes, an Ohio state legislator now running for U.S. Congress, filed a lawsuit against Tuskegee University after the historically black institution mistakenly honored her as Miss Tuskegee University in 2006 and revoked her title. Tuskegee University awarded Sykes the victory because her top competitor was mistakenly docked points for a rules violation. The school yanked her crown away when officials realized they had erred in scoring the contest. In reality, Sykes had placed third in the popular vote but was ultimately given second place.

    Sykes didn’t handle the defeat with grace, according to legal filings. Sykes and her parents filed a lawsuit against school officials, arguing that she was owed at least $75,000 for the psychological stress caused by the embarrassment of losing her crown.

    “Sykes has been subjected to extreme mental and physical anguish, is unable to respond to persons who believe she is Miss Tuskegee University, and has experienced public embarrassment and personal psychological distress,” her lawyers wrote in the lawsuit, which was quickly dismissed by a federal judge.

    The act of desperation by Sykes could impact her standing with voters, especially as she faces off against an actual beauty queen—the Republican nominee in the district is 2014’s Miss Ohio pageant winner, Madison Gesiotto Gilbert. The lawsuit also offers more evidence to the criticism that Sykes inherited her political career from her parents, who have both been members of the Ohio state legislature and joined Sykes in the lawsuit. The two claimed that their daughter’s pageant humiliation injured their political ambitions.

    The question of who received the highest competition score was never disputed. Rather, Sykes claimed that the rightful winner, Calida Joy McCampbell, should have her crown revoked because she spoke over her allotted time during a speech, according to an article in the Tuskegee News from the time. University officials concluded upon review that McCampbell did not exceed her time limit.

    That led Sykes and her parents to sue the school, arguing that Tuskegee University officials denied her “due process” when they revoked her title. Sykes and her family claimed the incident resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in damages stemming from the fact that her parents had altered “their busy schedules to be with their daughter” and “expended funds to increase her wardrobe.”

    The experience of losing the pageant crown, Sykes and her parents claimed in court filings, resulted in “mental and physical anguish.” Some of that “anguish” was due to the fact, according to Sykes and her parents, that Sykes decided not to “remain on the cheerleading squad” following her loss of the beauty pageant crown.

    Her parents also complained in the lawsuit that they had to cancel political fundraisers because of her Miss Tuskegee responsibilities, and that she had already received “gifts or congratulations from the Girls Scouts of America…and U.S. Senator Barak [sic] Obama.” The filing points to myriad local news coverage of Sykes winning the pageant to argue that it was simply too late to take the honor away.

    The court disagreed—the lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. district judge Myron Thompson, a Tuskegee native put on the federal court by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. The judge said Sykes and her family were asking the court “to award the title of Miss Tuskegee to [Sykes] despite the fact that she scored lower than another contestant.”

    It is unclear when Sykes left the university, but she ultimately graduated from Kent State University back in her home state of Ohio, according to her official biography, on which Tuskegee University is not mentioned.

    Sykes did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for Gesiotto Gilbert declined to comment.

    The lawsuit is not the only time Sykes has relied on her parents for help. Her father, state senator Vernon Sykes (D., Ohio), co-chairs the Ohio Redistricting Commission, the state body in charge of creating the state’s congressional map. Vernon Sykes introduced two proposed congressional maps earlier that would have given his daughter an advantage in her race. Both those maps were struck down by Ohio courts.

    Ohio’s 13th district is currently occupied by Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), who vacated his seat to run for Senate. A May survey of voters in the district found Gesiotto Gilbert, who was an Ohio State University student when she won Miss Ohio in 2014, leading the race by nine points.


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  6. debunking the left’s wet dream of treason
    The President of the United States has plenary power over national security issues, including document classification. That means that, under the Constitution, as to national security, the president has complete and unlimited power. He is the king of the national security world, and no one can gainsay him, whether the bureaucrats who work for him, Congress, or the Supreme Court.
    Congress cannot override the president’s plenary power. Presidents can voluntarily respect a national security law, but they do not have to abide by it. Again, plenary power means, as Wikipedia summarizes, “a power that has been granted to a body or person in absolute terms, with no review of or limitations upon the exercise of that power.”

    In sum, the only proof you need that Trump declassified the documents is the fact that, when he was still president, Trump treated them as declassified. Biden cannot criminalize Trump’s actions by later re-classifying the documents (and there’s no evidence that he did). And of course, if there were nuclear codes, they are changed regularly and would certainly be changed from one administration to the next, meaning that any information Trump has is as useful as the cartoon in an old Bazooka bubble gum wrapper.


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  7. do not know the vaildity of this comment…posted at tcth

    Sam Wright
    Sam Wright
    August 13, 2022 8:16 am
    Reply to Jim H

    I’ve got a lead on the person who cooked up/fabricated this hoax with Biden. His name is Jack Cocchirella…. he is from Florida, but works as a Democrat Strategist in Washington DC. Rumor is he fabricated this Trump document hoax through various channels and it fed back to Garland who then signed the warrant on Mara Lago. Wouldn’t you know it, look at his Twitter page and there he is with Biden. He also works with Media Matters, Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, etc. twitter.com/JDCocchiarella

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  8. some more twists in classified docs…john solomon column
    copied from tcth

    R Green
    August 13, 2022 8:38 am

    New twist in FBI raid: Trump had ‘standing order’ to declassify documents taken to residence

    … “He had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified,” the statement added. “The power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the President of the United States. The idea that some paper-pushing bureaucrat, with classification authority delegated BY THE PRESIDENT, needs to approve of declassification is absurd.”

    Obama’s executive order no. 13526, issued in 2009,…explicitly exempted the sitting president and vice president from having to follow those procedures.

    “Information originated by the incumbent President or the incumbent Vice President; the incumbent President’s White House Staff or the incumbent Vice President’s Staff; committees, commissions, or boards appointed by the incumbent President; or other entities within the Executive Office of the President that solely advise and assist the incumbent President is exempted from the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section,” the Obama order stated.


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  9. So much for the weather forecast…..again….we are also having a really cool day, Pat! Still only 72 and so humid, it’s almost dripping. When I first got up, it was clear enough that I saw the almost-full moon behind the cottonwood tree but as it lightened up, it clouded up and has been cloudy ever since. Very strange! They had called for possibly up to 100 about an hour west of me for later today!!! Supposedly no chance of rain until tomorrow night…..SMDH

    On a happy note, the red-headed woodpeckers are back and hitting the suet. Still seeing a few Orioles here and there but not nearly as many birds overall. Even the finches and sparrows seem to be busying themselves elsewhere. It’s been like that for a few days now.

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        1. most of the birds will “disappear” while the hawks patrol, the hummers could give 2 shits less…they are too fast…
          I’ve seen a hawk take a slow squirrel…chipmunks, garter snakes, and one small one sat on a rock by the pond scooping up frogs…he was quick as lightning when he grabbed one…

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          1. Do you remember my story about the hawk in my Z’s pasture? It was directly across from my BR window, where I worked at home, and one day I heard Z out there snorting and running back and forth in his pasture. I looked out and a hawk had caught a mouse in the pasture and was sitting on the top of the 8 foot corner post on the lower gate eating it. Z was all pissed off about that hawk being in his pasture! He kept running back and forth from his run-in shed at the top of the pasture, full speed towards the gate, come to a sliding stop, stomp both front feet, and blow as loud as he could! Then spin around and race up into the shed and back out to do it again.

            The hawk just calmly sat there and ate his meal. It was really too funny!

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      1. you don’t even taste the zucchini!!! it’s got some nuts and cinnamon…smells heavenly and it ain’t even out of the oven yet!
        but…just for you!

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  10. Then President #Trump issued this memorandum 1/19/2021 on declassification FBI Crossfire Hurricane records. Circulated to AG, DNI, CIA. May now be relevant once full holdings from Monday search at Mar-a-Largo catalogued. https://t.co/riiagd8ct6 pic.twitter.com/T8YKrZptS7

    — Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) August 12, 2022

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  12. In the morning Tom calls to his boss:

    – Good morning, boss, unfortunately, I’m not coming to work today. I’m really sick. I got a headache, stomach ache, and my both hands and legs hurt, so I’m not coming into work.”

    The boss replies:

    – You know Tom; I really need you today. When I feel like this I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex. That makes me feel better, and I can go to work. You should try that.

    2 hours later Bob calls:

    – Boss, I followed your advice, and I feel great! I’ll be at work soon. By the way, you got a nice house.
    A Mormon was seated next to an Irishman on a flight from London to the US. After the plane was airborne, drink orders were taken. The Irishman asked for a whiskey, which was promptly brought and placed before him. The flight attendant then asked the Mormon if he would like a drink. He replied in disgust, “I’d rather be savagely raped by a dozen whores than let liquor touch my lips.” The Irishman then handed his drink back to the attendant and said, “Me, too, I didn’t know we had a choice.”
    Three couples are trying to get married at the same church. There is a young couple, a middle-aged couple, and an elderly couple. The three couples meet with the priest and discuss when they can get married. “If you wish to get married in my church, you must all go one month without having sex,” says the priest. One month later the three couples return to the church and talk to the priest. He then asks the elderly couple, “Have you completed the month with sex?” “Yes we have, it was easy,” replies the elderly couple.

    “How about you?” He asks the middle-aged couple. “It was hard, but we didn’t have sex for the whole month,” they respond. “And how about you two?” He asks the young couple. “No we couldn’t do it,” responds the boyfriend. “Tell me why,” says the priest. “Well my girlfriend had a can of corn in her hand and she accidentally dropped it. She bent over to pick it up and that’s when it happened.” The priest then tells them, “You’re not welcome in my church.” “We’re not welcome in the supermarket either,” says the boyfriend.

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  13. ultra maggot abolishes ICE Council–the labor union of ICE
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    Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is abolishing the labor union for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in another major blow to border security.

    The Biden admin abolished the National ICE Council which represents thousands of ICE employees.

    The Federal Labor Relations Authority’s decision leaves the organization’s 7,600 members, who are mostly deportation officers, without a collective bargaining agreement or union representation, according to irate members.

    The American Federation of Government Employees moved to “disclaim” the ICE employees this summer and FLRA Regional Director Jessica S. Bartlett agreed.

    “Based on AFGE’s disclaimer of interest, I find that it is appropriate to revoke the certification for the unit of non-professional employees,” Ms. Bartlett wrote in her decision.

    Chris Crane, president of the council, said the government colluded with AFGE to silence the organization.

    “There is no doubt that ICE and DHS leadership worked in unison with corrupt union bosses to make this happen,” Crane said.

    “DHS and AFGE leadership both wanted desperately to silence ICE Council whistleblowers.

    “Without a union, it’s doubtful those whistleblowers will have jobs much longer.

    “We did what we were supposed to do.


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  14. I am adding a short daily prayer to the board. I would invite each of you, if you wish, to also add one or maybe two of your own liking. I do not want to stifle anyone but please limit yourself to one or two religious postings. here’s one I found that I liked.


  15. Entire Article @ AT: “At this writing, a Fox News subheading reads, “EXCLUSIVE: FBI found classified documents during search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.” Did they think this would bowl me over? I’m disappointed in Fox for feeding me this completely predictable propaganda couched as original material. Former Trump adviser Kash Patel told Breitbart News back in May that Trump was in possession of documents he himself had declassified. I would expect the FBI to be claiming that these are their smoking gun. Calling it “gaffe-davit” late Friday, Greg Gutfeld expressed what many of us were thinking: “It sounds like every hoax we’ve heard before.”

    At this point, it looks as though Fox News may jump on the bandwagon to pummel Trump with more allegations from the liberal hit machine. These stories may pan out to be as meaningless as all the other “shocking” anti-Trump exclusives the media have been throwing at us since 2015.

    In a recent broadcast, Glenn Beck said, “I don’t think there’s anyone in American history … ever been a politician or anyone in the public view … that has gone through what he’s gone through.” Beck then reviewed the onslaught of lawsuits they’ve racked up against Trump that most people aren’t even aware of.

    That said, I regret to report that among my own supposedly conservative acquaintances, I’ve begun to hear a plan of escape. “Well, we have to admit he is emotionally unhinged,” a man from my church told me. “I’d rather have DeSantis anyway.” He then repeated “unhinged” numerous times while discussing Trump, as though he were reading the Democrat’s talking points.

    His “unhinged” tirade came on a 9 A.M. phone call while I was receiving an antibody infusion for COVID. I was nervous to begin with — after all, I’d chosen not to be vaccinated because of numerous allergic reactions throughout my life. Now I was sitting in a doctor’s office hooked up to an IV, a blood pressure monitor, and an O2 sensor, listening to a new strain of Trump Derangement Syndrome coming through my phone. My normally low blood pressure was elevated, and I had to embarrassingly tell the nurse it was from a phone call I shouldn’t have taken. (Thankfully, my COVID was like a mild flu, and I was no worse for the wear.)

    Another subject of that phone call, and I suspect the real reason this man was unhappy with me, was that I’d recently called his attention to Rod Dreher’s long history of attacks on Trump and his supporters. Dreher had been invited to an upcoming event with our church primarily because of his 2017 book, The Benedict Option. It was this book, largely, that carved Dreher a niche market as a pseudo-theologian. A polarizing political pundit, I did not think he was a proper speaker to invite to an important church event.

    The thing is, if you push back hard enough, the masks begin to come off. The man from the church wasn’t critical of Dreher because he had secretly agreed with his politics. Despite hardcore conservatives continuing to support Trump, like those voting in the CPAC straw poll, Dreher and his ilk keep trumpeting the “drama mantra”:

    I’m sick of the craziness of Trump, and just want a conservative president who believes what Trump believes (or said he did), but who can be counted on to be a damn grown-up, and spare us the drama.

    (I can only hope we can get a candidate with a personality Dreher approves of.)

    To be taken seriously and stay in the game, Dreher has to push Ron DeSantis to the forefront. We, the “ordinary people” (his words), have been so caught up with Trump “the messiah” that we can’t think for ourselves; thus, we need to listen to people who sell books — like Dreher.

    So it was that another friend of mine texted me, the night of the raid on Mar-a-Lago, that she prefers DeSantis over Trump anyway because if Trump gets in again, it “will be four more years of hatred and fighting and he won’t be able to get anything done. It will tear the country apart.”

    “What makes you think they won’t do the exact same thing to DeSantis?” I asked. “Oh, no,” she said. “He has a stellar record. They can’t!” Do you not think that the haters can spin lies as easily about any Republican candidate as they did about Trump? They can, and they will.

    It seems as though some folks are willing to throw Trump to the wolves because we have a DeSantis in our back pocket that we hope will both serve our needs and placate the liberals.

    But if the liberals completely destroy the man I voted for for president — if they can stop him from running for public office again, or, dare I say, arrest him, imprison him, or worse — then nothing else matters. I believe that if we do not stand up and speak out to defend this one man who has sacrificed so much for our Republic, we’re no longer the kind of people who deserve a Republic.”


  16. I’d be very careful if I was her

    JK Rowling’s death threat from Iran-supporting Islamic extremist DID NOT violate Twitter’s rules after the vile troll warned ‘you are next’ in response to her support of stabbed author Salman Rushdie
    British author JK Rowling has received a death threat from Meer Asif Aziz, an Islamist based in Pakistan
    Writer said on Twitter: ‘Horrifying news. Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok’, he told her she was ‘next’
    He posted several other tasteless ‘jokes’ about how to destroy Israel and branded it a Putin-savaged Ukraine
    Rowling, 57, has been pilloried in public ever since she objected to the term ‘people who menstruate’
    Sir Salman, 75, is on a ventilator after he was stabbed multiple times by ‘Iran sympathiser’ Hadi Matan, 24


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  17. People are getting dumber

    Australian tourist who rode his moped through the ruins of Pompeii is arrested and branded a ‘barbarian’ by furious Italian media
    An Australian tourist was arrested for driving through Pompeii ruins on a moped
    The 33-year-old man travelled for about a mile until he was detained by security
    The man was called a ‘barbarian’ by Italian media but he has since apologised


    Oh FFS

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