A stroll around downtown Bedford

Wednesday 8/7/13 we decided to check out downtown Bedford so after our normal morning stuff we headed downtown. Our campground is about 4 miles from downtown Bedford so it was a short drive.

Once there we drove around a little and checked out the architecture before finding a spot to park. Once we did we we were right next to the farmers market that is held every Wednesday from 9am to 2!! And as we have said before,,, we love farmers markets.

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Once again it was pretty small compared to what we are used to back in Grants Pass but hey,,,, how many stands with corn, melons, fresh baked goodies and vegetables do you need to look at anyway!! We bought a watermelon, a Cantaloupe some corn, sweet onions and tomatoes. Oh,, and some Herb Spray. It’s a all natural blend of oils that have been proven to repel insects. If it works it will be a lot better for us than the stuff we buy at the stores. It’s made here in Bedford and we were told it is shipped all over the country and to some places outside the country. We will let you know if it works.

Bedford Courthouse built in 1828. It has a blend of Greek Revival and Federalist architecture

Bedford Courthouse built in 1828. It has a blend of Greek Revival and Federalist architecture

The building on the right is the Espy House and was built in 1771. It was the headquarters of George Washington in Oct. 1794 when he came to Bedford to review troops assembled here to quell Whiskey Rebellion in the western part of the state.

The building on the right is the Espy House and was built in 1771. It was the headquarters of George Washington in Oct. 1794 when he came to Bedford to review troops assembled here to quell Whiskey Rebellion in the western part of the state.

After the Farmers Market we headed to the visitor center for some literature and to pick the brain of the person tending shop. We gathered a bunch of things to read and found many things to look at while here. Some we already know about due to Diane’s research prior to driving here but some were new.

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We also asked if there was any festivals or music events going on while we were here but the answer was no. As it turns out as we were popping in and out of various shops we found that there was in fact a festival. It’s the 2nd Annual Wills Mountain Festival. Three days of music, art, nature, crafts,  workshops and food. But the people putting on the event are not in the, good ol boy loop, so the visitor center does not promote the event I guess.

The Dunkle's Gulf Art Deco terra-cotta structure opened in 1933 and is still operating today.

The Dunkle’s Gulf Art Deco terra-cotta structure opened in 1933 and is still operating today.

 

Small towns across the country are all so much alike. Good old boys that still rule the roost but the new blood in town is bucking the ranks. So much like where we came from (Grants Pass, Oregon). We had to laugh to ourselves while listening to the small shop owners talk about the politics in town.

A nice corner café and shop where we ate lunch

A nice corner café and shop where we ate lunch

The likeness of Bedford to Grants Pass goes deeper than the politics. The downtown area’s are somewhat alike as well except everything is MUCH older here.

The increased number of cars during the Lincoln Highway era (1912-1940) led to architecture like the Coffee Pot to attract motorists. All across the country oversized buildings were being created in the likeness of objects. This Coffee Pot was built in 1927.

The increased number of cars during the Lincoln Highway era (1912-1940) led to architecture like the Coffee Pot to attract motorists. All across the country oversized buildings were being created in the likeness of objects. This Coffee Pot was built in 1927.

We really enjoyed our stroll. In fact I won’t go much into the history of Bedford just yet because we plan to take part in a guided walking tour Friday evening. I’m sure we will have many tid bit’s to share after that.

Thursday we are going to take a driving tour of a few old covered bridges in the area and visit the Flight 93 Memorial so see ya then.

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2 Responses to A stroll around downtown Bedford

  1. GRANTS PASS?? WE are from Grants Pass. We rented out our house when we started full-timing in February 2010. Where did the 2 of you work?

  2. Dave & Diane says:

    I managed the Diamond Home Improvement store. Diane worked at a couple vet clinics but was pretty much done working when we moved to Grants Pass in 1999.

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