Spring has sprung, and for many families that means it’s time to get back to fun. Are you a resident living in or around Gettysburg who seeking a wonderful daytrip option to take over the weekend? Consider a ride on over to Old Bedford Village.
Old Bedford Village is just a little over an hour and a half away from Gettysburg, located in Bedford County, PA. A living history village, Old Bedford Village brings to life the rich past of good old-fashioned American history. Come out and learn about the olden days through the many offerings of activities, educational events, tours, living history demonstrations and much more. Experience military and civilian re-enactments, colonial crafts, festivals, special murder/mystery evening events and quaint old-fashioned seasonal celebrations.
Living history crafting events, allow visitors to learn first-hand about the tricks of the trade demonstrated by early American artisans. As nearly every pioneer brought specific skill sets to the new world, early American artisans made up a unique patchwork of new trades and industry. Living history demonstrations bring into focus these unique skills as artisans set to work demonstrating them by entirely authentic means. Some of the living history demonstrations you may expect to find on your outing to Old Bedford include: quilting, coopering, blacksmithing, candle making, basket making and weaving and spinning. Many of the finished products from these demonstrations may be purchased at the Village Craft Shop.
For those who have a keen interest in learning the authentic skills demonstrated through Old Bedford Village living history events, there are even educational programs. What ever your interest, Old Bedford Village offers several different classes and educational programs. Some of the classes include: tin smithing, coopering, folk art, basket making, quilting, weaving, broom making, maize pappouse doll making, wheat weaving, spinning, leather working, dipping candles, early American schooling and Native American culture. Groups may also create a custom educational class or program to suit personalized needs or concentrated focuses. Additionally, in Old Bedford Village, you will find both adult and child-friendly classes/programs, summer camps, family programs, home schooling events and much more.
Old Bedford Village has slated seasonal events throughout the year. Some upcoming events to look out for include: a Muzzleloading Gun Show, in April; a Meet the Confederate Generals Living History Event, a Civil War Re-enactment, a Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral and the Napoleonic Grande Tactique, in June; an 1820s Folkways Living History Event, in July; a Vietnam Educational Project, French and Indian War and a Meet the Union General Living History Event, in August; Murder Mystery Evenings and Pumpkin Fest, in October, and Candlelit Christmas, in December.
Regular operational hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Memorial Day through Labor Day Labor Day (closed on Wednesdays) and from Labor Day to the end of October, Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Village is closed during the winter season with the exception of special events. Regular general admission is $8 for all visitors 6 and older. Younger visitors are admitted for free. For more information on Old Bedford Village, visit www.oldbedfordvillage.com.