Town Historian

How We Serve You: The Town Historian serves as keeper of Bedford's wealth of oral and written historical documents. The primary focus of the Town Historian lies within property studies and genealogical inquiries. Numerous resources are available to research genealogies and historic sites, tracing back to the Town's foundation in 1680. Additionally, part of the role of the Town Historian is to hold partial governance over town preservation efforts, contributing to the Historic Building Preservation Commission, Friends of Bedford Burial Grounds, and The Bedford Historical Society.

The Bedford Hills Historical Museum is located at the lower level of the Bedford Town House, 321 Bedford Road, (P.O. Box 331), Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

Historian Reference Library

  • Genealogical material
  • Selected property histories and studies
  • 19th and 20th Century newsprint
  • Oral Histories
  • Police blotters
  • Town of Bedford Census records (1790-1870)
  • Town of Bedford land records (1680-1800)
  • Cemetery records (1681-1975)
  • Town meetings (1680-1737; 1784-1899)
  • Church and School records
  • Bedford Farmers Club minutes (1867-1950)
  • McDonald Papers (Revolutionary War Oral Histories)
  • Primary source Diaries and Scrapbooks
  • Historic maps