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Bedford County History
Bedford county was established on December 13, 1753 from parts of
The county is named for John Russell, the fourth Duke of Bedford, who was a Secretary of
State of Great Britain. In 1782, Campbell County was formed from parts of Bedford County.
Also in 1786, Franklin County was formed from Bedford County.
Bedford is the county seat, but it is an independent city and not
currently considered a part of Bedford County (source: wikipedia)
The Town of Bedford, formerly known as Liberty, was established in 1782
The early settlers of the county were chiefly from England and Scotland, with small
groups of Irish, Welsh and French. Later many Scotch-Irish and some Germans came from
Pennsylvania down the Shenandoah Valley and perhaps over the Blue Ridge. Before the
county was formed much land had been acquired by individuals through purchase and through
grants from the king. It is estimated that from 150 to 200 plantations were already set
up by 1754. Among the very early settlers are seen the names Callaway, Talbot, Ewing,
Phelps, Anthony, Early, Cobbs, Bramletr, Walker, Woodson, Burks, Horsley, Tate, Meade,
Pane. [Source: Bedford County Bicentennial, 1754-1954]
* Big Island * Chamblissburg * Forest * Goode * Hardy * Huddleston
* Moneta * Montvale * New London * Stewartsville * Thaxton