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Bedford County, VA – Full of Beautiful Mountain Scenery

Named for the 4th Duke of Bedford, John Russell, beautiful Bedford County is one of the fastest growing communities in Virginia. Because it is bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains, residents of Bedford County can enjoy breathtaking scenery on a daily basis. The Blue Ridge Mountains are on the west side of Bedford County, while Smith Mountain Lake is to the south and the James River is to the northeast. The beauty that exists in Bedford County, VA is truly a treasure, but an actual treasure (the Beale Treasure) of gold, silver and jewels buried in the mountains is an enticement for worldwide treasure hunters. As an experienced real estate agent in Bedford, VA we may not be able to solve the complicated code leading to the treasure, but we can lead you to a true Bedford, VA real estate treasure.

Bedford County, VA – Historical Significance Abounds

Where else could your home be in the same community where a former American President and author of The Declaration of Independence had a summer retreat? The answer is, nowhere but Bedford County, VA. Thomas Jefferson built his summer home, Poplar Forest in Bedford. As your Bedford real estate professionals, we may not be able to find you a presidential retreat, but we will search for your own special haven in the available Bedford, VA real estate. As well as being a former presidential retreat, Bedford County has the following historical attractions:

  • Avenel Plantation – hosted Robert E. Lee and Edgar Allen Poe, among others
  • Booker T. Washington historic birth site
  • National D-Day Memorial 
  • The Appalachian Trail – including the William Foot Footbridge which links Bedford and Amherst Counties
  • Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library
  • The Longwood and Oakwood Cemeteries
  • James River Restored Canal Lock – part of the 19th century James River and Kanawha Canal System, which served as a main path for trade
  • Hunter’s Raid Civil War Trail

Bedford County, VA Recreational Opportunities

No matter if you just like to enjoy the great outdoors or are a true recreational enthusiast, Bedford County has something for everyone. Whether you are visiting or becoming a resident of Bedford County, be sure to take a bike ride along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway, fish or swim in the 20,000 acres of Smith Mountain Lake or hike the Peaks of Otter. The many recreational opportunities in Bedford County include:

  • Camping and picnicking 
  • Boating, sailing, swimming, fishing and parasailing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking, biking and horseback riding (great hiking to Sharp Top and Flat Top at The Peaks of Otter)
  • Hunting
  • State parks and gardens
  • Sky diving, hang gliding and ballooning 
  • Skate parks
  • Off-road trails
  • Tennis

Producing the Best – Orchards and Wineries in Bedford County, VA

After a full day or week of visiting the historical venues and exploring recreational activities in Bedford County, take the time to stop and taste some of the sweetest fruits at the fine local orchards or enjoy a glass of wine at the superior wineries in Bedford County. When you make your list of places to visit be sure to include:

  • Hickory Hill Winery
  • Johnson’s Orchards
  • LeoGrande Vineyards and Winery
  • Gross’ Orchard Apple Valley
  • Peaks of Otter Winery
  • Layman Family Farm
  • Savoy-Lee Winery
  • White Rock Vineyards and Winery

Find Treasures in Bedford, VA

If you don’t have time to go into the mountains and look for hidden treasure, then just simply walk into any of the fantastic Bedford County shopping venues to find your own personal treasure. With such historical backgrounds, Bedford County has a variety of local shops with fine items including:

  • Antique malls
  • Antique shops (first edition books, old maps, stained glass, old photographs, etc…)
  • Specialty Gifts (fine wines, jams, jellies, baked goods, butters, quilts, handmade bath products and more)
  • Pottery ( Emerson Creek Pottery)
  • Retail stores

Bedford County, Putting Education at the Top of the List

To ensure that Bedford County students get the best education possible, the school system established the mission that all children receive the highest education from a partnership between the school and community. The Bedford County school system applies the VA Board of Education Standards of Learning, which “outline the basic knowledge and skills that students should acquire from kindergarten through twelfth grade in the four academic areas of English, math, science, and social studies. The SOLs are designed to make changes in public education that will significantly improve students’ learning.” These standards are applied all the following Bedford County, VA schools:

  • Bedford Elementary
  • Bedford Primary
  • Big Island Elementary
  • Body Camp Elementary
  • Boonsboro Elementary
  • Forest Elementary
  • Goodview Elementary
  • Huddleston Elementary
  • Moneta Elementary
  • Montvale Elementary
  • New London Academy
  • Otter River Elementary
  • Stewartsville Elementary
  • Thaxton Elementary
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary
  • Bedford Middle
  • Forest Middle
  • Staunton River Middle
  • Bedford Science and Technology Center
  • Jefferson Forest High
  • Liberty High
  • Staunton River High

Bedford County, VA – a Community with So Much to Offer

After seeing all that Bedford County, VA has to offer, you’ll be ready to settle in and make it your new hometown. Whether you are already a resident just looking for a new home or thinking of relocating to Bedford County, the help of a real estate agent with knowledge of the area will be invaluable to you. Contact us to help guide you through the entire Bedford County home buying process. We can help you narrow your Bedford County, VA MLS search to pick out specific homes that meet your needs.

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