If rich history, bucolic estates, bridle paths, picturesque county roads and easy accessibility to all of Westchester and New York City appeal to you, Bedford is the place to be.
The Town of Bedford encompasses three distinct hamlets of Bedford Village, Bedford Hills and Katonah. The original 1680 Bedford settlement was in Bedford Village in the southeastern portion of the town, with its historic buildings dating to the 18th and early 19th centuries. The town served as the county seat of Westchester County during the American Revolutionary War after the Battle of White Plains, until Bedford was burned by the British in July 1779. Built in 1787, Westchester County’s oldest government building is the Court House in Bedford Village, including a restored courtroom and the oldest jail cell in the county. The building was renovated in the 1960s and is now the Bedford Historical Society. The Society maintains 10 historic properties around the Village Green.
While its citizens include countless celebrities and high fliers from the world of business and politics, the town offers all of its residents a low-key and sumptuous style of country living. The town radiates outwards from its Village Green (included on both the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places in 1972), and clusters of historic houses to include charming homes and estates of numerous styles and sizes. Winding its way through the community are over one hundred miles of well-maintained riding trails.
And while there is great diversity in its inhabitants, Bedford offers its residents a strong feeling of community.
- The Town of Bedford includes the hamlets of Bedford Village, Bedford Hills and Katonah.
- Incorporated in 1680
- Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Taconic State Parkway, I684
- Distance to NYC: 39 miles
- Population: 17,651 (2019 est)
TransportationCommuters from the hamlets of Bedford reach Grand Central Terminal within an hour from several nearby stations on Metro North’s Harlem Line:
- Katonah Station at 1 Katonah Avenue
- Bedford Hills Station at 46 Depot Plaza
- Mount Kisco Station at 1 Kirby Plaza
PARKINGBedford residents are guaranteed parking permits, and metered parking spaces are on a first-come; first-served basis, free on the weekends and holidays.
- Katonah Station has 654 spaces
- Bedford Hills Station has 357 spaces
- Mount Kisco Station has 696 spaces
- Westchester County Airport is a 20 minute drive.
PUBLIC SCHOOLSThe Bedford Central School Districtt is a top rated, public school district with 3,913 students in grades K-12, and with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.
- Bedford Hills Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914.666.2708
- Bedford Village Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914.234.4178
- Mt. Kisco Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914.666.2677
- Pound Ridge Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914.764.8133
- West Patent Elementary (K-grade 5) 914.666.2190
- Fox Lane Middle School (grades 6-8) 914.241.6143
- Fox Lane High School (grades 9-12) 914.241.6085
- Rippowam/Cisqua Lower Campus, Mount Kisco (PreK-grade 9) 914.244.1200
- Rippowam/Cisqua Upper Campus, Bedford (PreK-grade 9) 914.244.1250
- The Hackley School (PreK-grade 12) 914.366.2600
- The Masters School (PreK-grade 12) 914.479.6400
- 914.479.6400Rye Country Day School (PreK-grade 12) 914.967.1417
- The Harvey School (grades 6-12) 914.232.3161
Archbishop Stepinac High School (grades 9-12, boys) 914.946.4800
Fordham Preparatory School (grades 9-12) 718.367.7500
The Leffell School (K-grade 12) 914.948.3111
St. Patrick’s Parochial School (PreK-grade 8) 914.234.7914
Kennedy Catholic High School (grades 9-12) 914.232.5061
The Town of Bedford is known as an equestrian paradise with an extensive system of riding trails maintained by the Bedford Riding Lanes Association. The BRLA maintains and develops the historic system of trails and dirt roads which extend and connect more than 100 linear miles of trails in the Bedford and Pound Ridge areas.
There are other trail-riding options in Westchester:
- The Lewisboro Horseman’s Trail Association and the North Salem Bridle Trails Association have members-only paths.
- The County operates public horse trails at three parks: the Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (at 4,315-acres, it is the county’s largest park), and the Twin Lakes Trail Loop in Teatown Lake Reservation.
- There are also 55 miles of carriage and horse-riding trails at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve that are open to the public for an annual fee.
Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mt. Kisco was established in 1957 as a not-for-profit nature center and wildlife preserve, offering a variety of recreational programs and events. A reconstructed 200-year old church serves as the sanctuary’s Nature Center and Museum. The former church was taken down piece by piece, and rebuilt in the sanctuary in 1973. It contains exhibits of local flora and fauna, live animals, a bird observation window and an auditorium for public programs.
Open to hiking only, the Mianus River Gorge is a 755-acre nature preserve open April through November. The preserve was established in 1953 to protect an old-growth hemlock forest and receives the special designation as the first Nature Conservancy land project, and the first National Natural History Landmark designated by the US Department of the Interior.
Canine members of the family have their own park at the Canine Commons Dog Area at the Beaver Dam Park in Katonah. There are three fenced areas for dogs and an agility area used for classes. Residents of the Town of Bedford may obtain the required yearly dog park permit at the Bedford Town Clerk’s Office.
Visitors of Caramoor Center for Music and Arts on Girdle Ridge Road are invited to explore the spectacular gardens and lush grounds, tour the historic Rosen House, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, and the Music Room of the Rosen House. The Tour, Tea, and Garden Stroll is offered on select days during the Spring and Fall.
Each hamlet in the town is served by its own library, all conveniently located nearby: Bedford Free Library, Bedford Hills Free Library and the Katonah Village Library, all part of the Westchester County Library System.
Bedford Gourmet has a delicious selection of daily sandwiches, homemade soups, and a variety of salads, and Stop & Shop for your weekly shopping trip. There are also many small local specialty gourmet markets in Katonah, including DeCicco Family Markets, Village Market, Katonah Pasta and Sgaglio’s Marketplace, and another ShopRite in Bedford Hills.
There are many restaurants to choose from: nested in a historic building in Bedford, Bedford 234 is a culmination of Hudson Valley history and inspired heirloom dishes in a comfortable yet engaging atmosphere. The menu is constantly evolving and is based on both seasonal and creative change. They have cultivated close relationships with local farmers, cheese mongers, butchers, and fishermen.
Bedford Hills offers Sinapi’s Pizza Rustica, unique dishes including pizza made in a wood burning oven; Sette e Venti, southern Italian fare in a modern relaxed setting; Nino’s for Northern Italian cuisine and the bar is a comfortable spot for a leisurely cocktail; Peppino’s Ristorante for pizza & classic Northern Italian dishes; and Kicho Asian Bistro for Japanese eats & sushi bar.
The Whitlock is a modern bistro for farm-to-table comforts & cocktails; for American eats and urban drinks there is Farmhouse Tavern, open for lunch and dinner. Ristorante Lucia offers a formal room with Tuscan fare, while the pizzeria side serves thin-crust pies & homemade gelato. TRUCK is a casual, neighborhood restaurant, making wholesome meals in an atmosphere with a comfortable, vintage feel. Breakfast, baked goods & seasonal American fare are served at The Barn at the Bedford Post Inn, a cozy option inside a luxury inn. For Pan-Asian fare, sushi, rice or noodle dishes & cooked specialties, go to Tengda Asian Bistro.
La Cremaillere is a quaint country restaurant nestled in a 1750 white clapboard farmhouse offering contemporary French fare in an elegant & uniquely classic setting. The menu at La Crémaillère emphasizes fresh ingredients & changes daily, weekly & seasonal basis, and is consistently rated as one of the best French restaurants in Westchester.
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