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  • A listing of Houses of Worship can now be found in the Community section of this website

The following text is from the Town Brochure by Patricia Ploss, Copyright © 1990 by the Town of Bedford and used with permission.

The cultural life of Bedford -- and northern Westchester County -- is enhanced significantly by the presence of The Katonah Museum of Art, formerly the Katonah Gallery, considered the premier gallery north of New York City, and Caramoor, an outstanding center for musical performances during the summer months and educational opportunities year round. These two cultural landmarks bring to the northern county performances and exhibits of national importance.

The John Jay Homestead, the retirement home of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States and twice governor of New York State, was occupied by his descendants until 1958 when it was purchased by Westchester County and turned over to New York State. The Homestead, now a State Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark, has been restored and refurnished with authentic heirlooms and is known for its collection of American portraits by artists such as Gilbert Stuart. This Homestead is open to the public and guided tours of the house and grounds can be arranged by appointment. Special events include frequent musical concerts, craft programs. (See website, link above, for event information)

Westmoreland Sanctuary is one of several natural areas throughout Bedford which promotes preservation throughout the region. With two-thirds of its 625 acres in Bedford, Westmoreland offers a variety of activities and lectures whose topics range from pond ecology to camp cooking. A 200 year old building, a former Presbyterian Church from Bedford Village, was reconstructed at the Chestnut Ridge Road entrance in 1973, and serves as the sanctuary's museum and nature center.

The Mianus River Gorge Preserve, our nation's oldest Natural History Landmark and The Nature Conservancy's pioneer land project, maintains a five mile hiking trail through a pre-colonial hemlock forest and 555 acres at the end of Mianus Road. The Audubon Society conducts bird walks periodically at the 28 acre Palmer H. Lewis Wildlife Sanctuary off Route 121. The Agnes and Eugene Meyer Nature Preserve off Oregon Road is open for hiking and nature study as are the Marsh, Butler and Beaver Dam sanctuaries.

Bedford is served by New York City newspapers, radio, television and cable televisions stations as well as several local newspapers.


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