About Our Town

Demographics

The Town of Bedford, with its 39.3 square miles encompassing the hamlets of Bedford Village, Bedford Hills and Katonah, is situated in northern Westchester County with a 2000 census of 18,133 residents. Details of the 2010 Census are available from the Westchester County Department of Planning’s website: http://planning.westchestergov.com/census-statistics

Public School Districts

Three very highly regarded public school systems and several private and religious schools serve the Town of Bedford:

Bedford Central School District serves the Bedford and Bedford Hills areas of the Town as well as the Town of Pound Ridge and Village of Mt. Kisco 914.241.6000 or www.bcsdny.org/

Katonah-Lewisboro School District serves the Katonah section of the Town and a large portion of the Town of Lewisboro to the northeast. 914.763.7000 or www.klschools.org

Byram Hills School District serves a very small area in the southeast section of the Town. 914.273.4082 or www.byramhills.org

Private Schools

Rippowam Cisqua School has two campuses. The Upper Campus on Route 22 in Bedford Village serves 5th through 9th grade levels; the Lower Campus at West Patent Road and Route 172 serves the PreKindergarten through 4th grade. 914.244.1250 (Upper Campus) or 914.244.1200 (Lower Campus) or www.rcsny.org

The Harvey School offers a co-educational program for 6th through 12th grades. A five-day boarding option is also available at its campus at 260 Jay Street, Katonah. 91.232.3161

St. Patrick’s School on Route 22 in Bedford Village is affiliated with St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and accommodates Kindergarten through 8th grade students. http://www.stpatricksbedford.com/

 

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Museums

Katonah Museum of Art is a non-collecting institute offering a variety of exhibitions crossing all disciplines. The museum offers day trips to other art centers, as well as on-site docent tours of current exhibits, a gift shop and sculpture garden. 914.232.9555 or www.katonahmuseum.org

Bedford Historical Society operates two museums. One is housed in the 19th century School House and the other in the 1787 Court House, both on the Village Green, Bedford Village. 914.234.9751 or www.bedfordhistoricalsociety.org

Bedford Hills Museum has a Board of Trustees that meet regularly, and has artifacts collected by Jaap Ketting of Bedford Hills. The museum is located in the basement of the Town House at 321 Bedford Road in Bedford Hills. Hours are Thursday and Saturday 11:00am to 2:00pm and by appointment. 914.381.3356

CaramoorCaramoor Center for Music and the Arts on Girdle Ridge Road, off Route 22, in Katonah, houses galleries and period rooms displaying European furniture, paintings and sculpture. A music festival is scheduled each summer. 914.232.5035 or www.caramoor.org

John Jay Homestead on Route 22 in Katonah was the retirement home of the former state governor and first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and his descendants, for 150 years. The building is restored and furnished with original family heirlooms and paintings. 914.232.5651.

Stepping Stones– Historic Home of Bill & Lois Wilson – at 62 Oak Rd., Katonah, is the National Historic Landmark home of Alcoholics Anonymous Cofounder Bill W. and Al-Anon Family Groups Cofounder Lois Wilson and can be toured by reservation only.
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Libraries

Each hamlet in the Town is served by its own library operated by an independent Board of Trustees. Each library is associated with the Westchester County Library System (http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/) which expands their ability to serve residents and all libraries are available to residents.

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Bedford Free Library,
on the Village Green, has been housed since 1903 in the former home of The Bedford Academy and traces its earliest beginnings to the Bedford Circulating Library. 914.234.3570 bedfordfreelibrary.org/

Bedford Hills Free Library first opened in 1915 in two rooms above a hamlet shoe store. The library moved to its present site, a 140-year-old building at 26 Main Street, in March 1952. 914.666.6472 www.bedfordhillsfreelibrary.org/homeLibraryBH

Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, has been serving this hamlet for more than 100 years and is also home to the Katonah Historical Museum, founded in 1980. The library boasts the area’s largest reference collection and an active Children’s Library. 914.232.3508 www.katonahlibrary.org/LibraryKat

Houses of Worship

Antioch Baptist Church, Church & Main Streets, Bedford Hills, NY 10507. 914.241.0189 theantiochchurch.net/who.html

Bedford Community Church, 160 Bedford Center Road, Bedford Hills, NY 10507. 914.666.5384 www.bedford-community-church.org

Bedford Presbyterian Church, on the Village Green, Bedford, NY 10506. 914.234.3672 www.bedfordpreschurch.org

First Church Of Christ Scientist, 13 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536. 914.232.3842 http://www.christiansciencenys.com/ katonah.html

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First Presbyterian Church of Katonah,
31 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536. 914.232.4568 www.katonahpresbyterian.org

Katonah United Methodist Church, 5 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536. 914.232.4094 katonahumc.wordpress.com

Saint Lukes’s Episcopal Church, 68 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536. 914.232.5220 www.sleckny.org

Saint Mary of the Assumption, 117 Valley Road, Katonah, NY 10536. 914.232.3356 www.catholic-church.org/stmary

Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, NY 10506. 914.234.9636 www.stmatthewsbedford.org

Saint Patrick’s Church, Seven Pound Ridge Road), Bedford, NY 10506. 914.234.3668 www.hereintown.com/ny/bedford/stpats

Temple Shaaray Tefila, 89 Baldwin Road, Bedford Corners, NY 10549. 914.666.3133 http://www.shaaraytefila.org