Founded in 1729, the town of Bedford was named after the first minister of Concord from Bedfordshire, England. Since Bedford’s neighbors are Lexington and Concord, this town was also involved in the early events of the American Revolution. Because Bedford has been able to preserve its history and conservation of open space, it still has a charming rural town feel today.
Bedford is about 15 miles northwest of Boston and is primarily a residential community. Many of the houses are single family homes. There are also a few apartments, duplexes, and condos in the community.
A wonderful variety of shopping and dining options are nearby. The Burlington Mall is an upscale indoor shopping center with over 185 shops and a variety of restaurants. There is a charming historic district in the heart of the town. Popular historical sites include the Old Burying Ground, the Wilson Mill, and the Job Lane House.
Recreational facilities include Fawn Lake, Springs Brook Park, and public gardens. Hartwell Town Forest and George Jordan Conservation Area offer hiking and cross-country skiing. The Minuteman Bikeway offers trails for walking, jogging, biking, and inline skating. This Bikeway is 10 miles long and 12 feet wide. The town has a nice boat ramp providing residents with access to the Concord River. Bedford Day is a popular annual event with activities, food, and a town parade.
Bedford is a desirable place for families, and the community is known for its quality schools with highly skilled teachers and wonderful variety of extracurricular programs.