County History

The County of Bedford was established on March 9, 1771, from parts of Cumberland County, and is named for the fort that tamed the area for settlers to follow.   The County Courthouse is one of the oldest Pennsylvania county courthouses still in use today.  The fourteen covered bridges that dot the county landscape are another sign of the area's rich history.

With a population of 47,577 (2020 census) and a size of 1,017 square miles, Bedford County residents enjoy quaint towns in a rural setting that is conveniently located in south central Pennsylvania, just hours away from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Baltimore and Washington DC.  Hospitality abounds from modern hotels, historic taverns, peaceful bed and breakfasts and the grand Omni Bedford Springs Resort.  One can also enjoy the great mountains, rivers and lakes that offer outdoor recreation. 

We are often asked what the seal of Bedford County stands for. You will find that it is of great historical significance! Click here to learn more about the seal of Bedford County