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Bedford Virginia – Historical Markers

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By Linda Walcroft, July 17, 2008
Abbott Lake
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Abbott LakeStanley William Abbott — 1908 - 1975
The first resident landscape architect and planner of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was his vision, imagination, and creative talents in the Parkway's formative stages that made the Blue Ridge Parkway unique. — Map (db m9743) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Apple Orchard Mtn.
The parkway reaches its highest elevation in Virginia - - 3950 - - on Apple Orchard Mountain. Wind, ice and snow of raging winter storms have pruned this mountaintop forest, giving it an “Old Apple Orchard” appearance. This . . . — Map (db m95966) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — AvenelIn the Eye of the Storm — Hunter’s Raid
(preface) On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of . . . — Map (db m42844) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — BedfordHunter’s Raid — 1864 Valley Campaign
On the evening of June 15, 1864, the lead element of Union Gen. David Hunter’s 18,000-man army arrived here and cam near Avenel. The main force arrived the following morning and started destroying the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad tracks, burning . . . — Map (db m41408) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — K 134 — Bedford
This place became the county seat of Bedford when it was moved from New London in 1782. First called Liberty (incorporated in 1839), the town changed its name to Bedford City in 1890 and to Bedford in 1912. A third courthouse, built in 1834, was . . . — Map (db m42879) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Bedford County Confederate Monument
Deo Vindice To the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors of Bedford County. 1861-1865 Bedford honors her heroes; proudly rejoicing with the living; sincerely mourning the dead. Their history is it's brightest page, exhibiting the . . . — Map (db m43042) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Bedford County WWII Memorial
June 6 1944 Erected by the Parker-Hoback Post, 29th Division Association, in memory of the Bedford County men of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, who gave their lives in the preparation for and the participation in the Normandy . . . — Map (db m52054) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Bedford’s Volunteer Company
Oct. 10, 1774 In memory of Bedford’s Volunteer Company which fought in The Battle of Point Pleasant Thomas Buford, Captain Thomas Dooley, Lieut. Sergeants Jonathan Cundiff, Ensign Nicholas Mead • William Kennedy • John . . . — Map (db m43717) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — K 132 — Home of John Goode
Here is the home of John Goode, political leader, born 1829, died, 1909. Goode was a member of the secession convention of 1861; of the Confederate Congress and of the United States Congress; Solicitor General of the United States; president of the . . . — Map (db m42877) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — K 130 — Hunter's Bivouac
Near here General Hunter, on his retreat from Lynchburg, halted for the night of June 18, 1864. He resumed his retreat early in the morning of June 19. — Map (db m42875) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — K 131 — Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike
The Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike Co. was incorporated in 1818 to build a turnpike from Lynchburg west to Salem. The road reached Liberty (now Bedford) in 1828 and was completed to Salem in 1836. In Bedford County, covered bridges spanned the Big . . . — Map (db m18830) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Peaks of Otter“A rougher road could not be imagined” — Hunter’s Raid
(preface) On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of . . . — Map (db m55780) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — K 136 — Peaks of Otter Road
This road was followed by General Hunter when he crossed the Blue Ridge at the Peaks of Otter and came to Bedford en route to Lynchburg, June 16, 1864. — Map (db m42893) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Polly Woods' Ordinary
Built in the early 1800's, this simple mountain cabin was operated as an inn, or "ordinary", from about 1830 until about 1850. Here the widowed Polly Woods catered to the "ordinary" needs of the weary mountain traveler -- a hot meal, a comfortable . . . — Map (db m9655) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — KM-5 — Quaker Baptist Church
A Quaker Meeting was established on Goose Creek in 1757, and a meeting house built. Fear of Indians caused most of the Quakers to move elsewhere though some of them returned. Unsuccessful attempts were made to re-establish the Goose Creek Meeting. . . . — Map (db m65610) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — K 133 — Randolph-Macon AcademyLiberty Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy, a Methodist preparatory school for boys, occupied a building on this site from 1890 until 1934 when the school was consolidated with the Randolph-Macon Academy at Front Royal. In 1936, the property was purchased by Bedford . . . — Map (db m42878) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Robey W. Estes Sr. Plaza
Robey W. Estes Sr. served with the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations. A platoon sergeant in Company E of the 116th Infantry Regiment on D-Day, he was part of the first wave of the attack on Omaha Beach. Wounded during the . . . — Map (db m61339) HM WM

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