Bedford, New York (Images of America Series)

Bedford, New York (Images of America Series)

by Shirley Bianco, John Stockbridge


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Situated on American Revolutionary crossroads, the town of Bedford has always enjoyed a unique history. Blending serene beauty and rolling hills with a proximity to New York City, the town became home to men and women who treasured its distinctive qualities. The land was first shared by Americian Indians and settlers and then by patriots and loyalists. Pre- and post-Revolutionary days were dominated by agricultural pursuits, coupled with a role as the northern Westchester County seat. With the coming of the railroad in the late 1840s, new hamlets emerged, farmers moved farther north for cheaper land, and New York City families began purchasing large parcels for their summer residences. Environmentally sensitive zoning policies, guided by its people's love of country life, allowed the town to maintain a balance between home and business areas, keeping it a green oasis. The character of Bedford's town and its people was well described by founding father and prominent resident John Jay in 1812: "Perhaps no place can exhibit a larger proportion of orderly, industrious and well disposed citizens."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738513188
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.51(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Shirley Lindefjeld Bianco, president of the Bedford Historical Society, and John Stockbridge, Bedford town historian, share a dedication to preserving the history of the town of Bedford. They united on Bedford to bring to every household the fascinating images of the town's past, recorded by the powerful tool of the camera. Proceeds from sale of this book will benefit preservation efforts in the town.

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