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Bedford, VA Contractors

The Town of Bedford is the County Seat of Bedford County and part of the Lynchburg, VA, Metro Area. With a total area of almost 7 square miles and located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter, the town is home to the National D-Day Memorial. During the 1944 landings in Normandy during WWII, Bedford lost a total of 22 solders, more residents per capita than any other U.S. community. The town is also near Poplar Forest, which was Thomas Jefferson's private retreat and plantation home.

Demographics

Bedford, VA, is home to roughly 6,000 people. Of the 2,500 households, 43 percent are married couples and 37 percent are non-families; 30 percent of the households include kids under 18. The median age is 41, and the median income is $35,000. Almost 20 percent of the population is below the poverty line.

History

Bedford County was formed in 1754 and settled by Europeans in 1782. Although Bedford was named for John Russell, the Fourth Duke of Bedford, the area was initially called Liberty; it didn't become Bedford until 1890. The town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Poplar Forest

Although best-known as a former U.S. President and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was also an accomplished architect. His Bedford County retreat, Poplar Forest, has been called "a true masterpiece of architectural and landscape elements." Located in Forest, VA, just 18 minutes from Bedford, Jefferson began construction on his retreat in 1806, and he spent the next 20 years perfecting it. In 1971, it became a historic landmark; today it's a museum. The octagonal house includes a cube room and has been undergoing restoration since 1986.

D-Day Memorial

The D-Day Memorial in Bedford is a national historic memorial for all American veterans who participated in the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. The site includes an English Garden and an invasion tableau. It borders the Blue Ridge Mountains and covers 88 acres of land. The site receives up to 70,000 visitors annually, and there are plaques to commemorate each of the 4,413 U.S. solders who lost their lives in Normandy.

Recreation And Points Of Interest

  • The Appalachian Trail can be accessed along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford.
  • The Bedford City Museum features Native American and African American exhibits.
  • Historic Centertown is located on Main Street. Visitors can find art galleries and antique shops that specialize in collectibles.
  • The Peaks Of Otter Winery produces over 30 different fruit wines including Plum, Pear and Cherry. Besides sampling the wines, visitors can purchase sweet ciders, jellies, butters and jams or check out the farm animals.
  • At The Peaks Of Otter, visitors can go on wildflower walks or test out the hiking trails. There is also fishing, picnicking and camping.

Climate

The weather in Bedford, VA, includes four distinct seasons. Summer highs are in the mid-80s and winter highs are in the upper 40s. Spring and fall are mild with daytime highs between 60 and 70. In Bedford, ductless HVAC provides optimal indoor comfort at a cost-effective price. An ultra-efficient Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Heat Pump delivers affordable heating and cooling without the hassle of having to install and maintain duct work. A Bedford ductless mini split system can be installed within a few hours, giving you greater control over which rooms you heat or cool. To learn more about saving money with Mitsubishi Ductless HVAC, visit http://virginiaacdealers.com/ to find a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor in your area.