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Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 1640 - Bedford is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1729 - Bedford is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    The Old Fitch Tavern, Built about 1738
  • News 1826 - Two barns, a shoemaker's shop, &c. were destroyed by fire in Bedford, Mass. on Wednesday 31st ult. - the fire was occasioned by boys firing at swallows on the barns.

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    Bangor Weekly Register
    Bangor, Maine
    June 15, 1826

  • 1845 - BEDFORD. [Pop. 925. Inc. 1729.]
    This town belonged in part to Concord.

    The Shawshine has one of its sources in Bedford, and the Concord bounds it on the west....Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Bedford
    BEDFORD originally belonged in part to the town of Concord. It was incorporated as a town in 1729. It is not very well situated for an agricultural...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Bedford
    Bedford, a post-township of Middlesex county, Massachusetts, 15 miles N. W. from Boston, bordering on Concord river. Population, 976.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

  • News 1868 - Walking Match at Bedford, Mass.
    Boston, Wednesday, June 17.
    A walking match of 100 miles, for a purse of $1,000 and the championship of New-England, between a young man named...Read MORE...


  • August 4, 1873 - The Middlesex Central Railroad opens its new extension to Bedford and Concord Center amid local celebrations.

    www.bedforddepot.org/ history/ RRHistory.html

  • August 31, 1877 - The Billerica & Bedford Railroad, the first two-foot common-carrier narrow gauge railway in America, begins shuttling passengers and freight between these two towns.

    www.bedforddepot.org/ history/ RRHistory.html

  • Bedford Massachusetts, 1890
    Bedford is a beautiful agricultural town in the central part of Middlesex County, fourteen miles northwest of Boston; having Billerica on the north,...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Bedford
    Bedford, a post-village of Middlesex co., Mass., in Bedford township, on the Middlesex Central Railroad, 18 miles N.W. of Boston, also on the Bedford ...Read MORE...


  • Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Boston and Maine Station, Bedford, Mass.
  • Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Bedford House, Bedford, Mass.
  • Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Driveway, Llewsac Lodge, Bedford, Mass.
  • Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Stearns House, Red Cross Headquarters, 1910
  • Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Union School, 1910
  • Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    The Centre
  • 1916
    Bedford, a post-village of Middlesex co., Mass., in Bedford township (town), on the Boston and Maine R., 18 miles NW. of Boston. It has various...Read MORE...


  • Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    First Parish Church
  • December 31, 1931 - The B&M ends passenger service on the Lexington Branch between North Billerica and Bedford. This 8.63-mile section is kept open for freight, however.

    www.bedforddepot.org/ history/ RRHistory.html

  • 1962 - The Boston & Maine Railroad abandons the remainder of the Reformatory Branch between Bedford and Concord Center and the section of the Lexington Branch between Bedford Depot and Concord Road in Billerica.
    The Town of Bedford buys the two right-of-ways (the portions within town limits) a year later.
    www.bedforddepot.org/ history/ RRHistory.html



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The Old Fitch Tavern, Built about 1738

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Bedford House, Bedford, Mass.

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Driveway, Llewsac Lodge, Bedford, Mass.

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Boston and Maine Station, Bedford, Mass.

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The Centre

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Stearns House, Red Cross Headquarters, 1910

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Union School, 1910

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First Parish Church

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  • 1640 - Bedford is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1729 - Bedford is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • The Bedford Historical Society Presents: A Collector's Guide to Bedford Stories with Lee Yates


    The Bedford Historical Society Presents: A Collector's Guide to Bedford Stories with Lee Yates (www.youtube.com)
  • News  1826 - Two barns, a shoemaker's shop, &c. were destroyed by fire in Bedford, Mass. on Wednesday 31st ult. - the fire was occasioned by boys firing at swallows on the barns.

    genealogybank.com
    Bangor Weekly Register
    Bangor, Maine
    June 15, 1826
  • 1845 - BEDFORD. [Pop. 925. Inc. 1729.]
    This town belonged in part to Concord.

    The Shawshine has one of its sources in Bedford, and the Concord bounds it on the west.... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Bedford
    BEDFORD originally belonged in part to the town of Concord. It was incorporated as a town in 1729. It is not very well situated for an agricultural... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Bedford
    Bedford, a post-township of Middlesex county, Massachusetts, 15 miles N. W. from Boston, bordering on Concord river. Population, 976.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • News  1868 - Walking Match at Bedford, Mass.
    Boston, Wednesday, June 17.
    A walking match of 100 miles, for a purse of $1,000 and the championship of New-England, between a young man named... Read MORE...

  • August 4, 1873 - The Middlesex Central Railroad opens its new extension to Bedford and Concord Center amid local celebrations.

    www.bedforddepot.org/ history/ RRHistory.html
  • August 31, 1877 - The Billerica & Bedford Railroad, the first two-foot common-carrier narrow gauge railway in America, begins shuttling passengers and freight between these two towns.

    www.bedforddepot.org/ history/ RRHistory.html
  • Bedford Massachusetts, 1890
    Bedford is a beautiful agricultural town in the central part of Middlesex County, fourteen miles northwest of Boston; having Billerica on the north,... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Bedford
    Bedford, a post-village of Middlesex co., Mass., in Bedford township, on the Middlesex Central Railroad, 18 miles N.W. of Boston, also on the Bedford ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Bedford, a post-village of Middlesex co., Mass., in Bedford township (town), on the Boston and Maine R., 18 miles NW. of Boston. It has various... Read MORE...

  • December 31, 1931 - The B&M ends passenger service on the Lexington Branch between North Billerica and Bedford. This 8.63-mile section is kept open for freight, however.

    www.bedforddepot.org/ history/ RRHistory.html
  • 1962 - The Boston & Maine Railroad abandons the remainder of the Reformatory Branch between Bedford and Concord Center and the section of the Lexington Branch between Bedford Depot and Concord Road in Billerica.
    The Town of Bedford buys the two right-of-ways (the portions within town limits) a year later.
    www.bedforddepot.org/ history/ RRHistory.html

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