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Burning of Bedford

Just after dawn on the morning of July 11, 1779, four hundred British cavalry under the command of Lt. Col. Samuel Birch rode into Bedford and proceeded to plunder and set fire to the meeting house and, in turn, nearly every house in the village. Only one house, owned by a widow reputed to have Tory sympathies, was spared.

Incredibly, instead of fleeing the area, the families of Bedford remained. Against the odds, the villagers persevered and brought Bedford back to life, building a town and a legacy for future generations.

The Bedford Historical Society will commemorate the 240th anniversary of the burning of Bedford on Thursday, July 11, with Revolutionary Revels Cocktail Party. Come to Historical Hall to celebrate the resiliency of those who stayed to rebuild the Bedford we love today. Enjoy a signature “Tarleton’s Torch” or “Fireball” cocktail, wine, beer, a cavalry-worthy assortment of appetizers, costumed servers, and live music.

Only 150 tickets are available for this once-in-a-lifetime event, and you won’t want to miss it! All proceeds benefit the Bedford Historical Society’s education programs. Tickets can be purchased at bedfordhistoricalsociety.org or by calling the BHS at 914-234-9751.




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