Bedford Culture and Arts Working Group – Part II – An Inventory of the Town’s Cultural Resources

Bedford’s historic Job Lane House – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Since its inception, the Bedford Culture and Arts Working Group has worked to develop a robust and comprehensive inventory of Bedford’s cultural and historic resources.

What would you add to the current list? Please email and we’ll share them with the Working Group.

Public Spaces

  • Minuteman Commuter Bikeway and Narrow Gauge Rail Trail
  • Depot Park and the Buddliner car
  • Jenks Arboretum Trail
  • Liberty Pole (Willson Park)
  • Town Common
  • Veterans Memorial Park

Public Art

  • 19th Century Rufus Porter murals at the Job Lane House Museum and in the Multipurpose Room at Town Hall
  • Hayden Fountain – The Great Road at the corner of Springs/South Roads
  • Sculpture by Madeleine Lord located outside Town Center, funded by the Bedford Cultural Council to commemorate Center School
  • Dance Rhythm by Chaim Gross (1966) Town Campus
  • The Patriot by Bruce Papitto (2000) at Veterans Memorial Park
  • Kopjafak, Transylvanian Monuments  in the First ParishMemorial Garden
  • Horse Trough in the Hartwell Town Forest – moved from its original location near the Bedford House Hotel in the 1940s

Gallery and Display Spaces

  • Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Gallery in Town Center’s Flint Room
  • Bedford Free Public Library Gallery
  • Bedford High School – Visual Arts & Communication displays
  • The Gallery @ First Parish on Bedford Common

Activities and Events

  • ArtLink – Annual all-school/all-student exhibit
  • Bedford Center for the Arts’ Winter/Spring Opera Lecture Series
  • Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group – monthly meetings
  • Bedford Day
  • Bedford Day Regional Art Show sponsored by the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society
  • Bedford Embraces Diversity Multicultural Events
  • Bedford Free Public Library Art Exhibits, Artist Receptions, Author Readings
  • Bedford Recreation Department Summer Concert Series
  • Chamber of Commerce Events: Walkabouts, Winter House Tour, Taste of Bedford, Prom Stroll
  • Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Town Campus, will next be held in 2020
  • Iskwelahang Pilipino
  • Long-standing (60 yrs +) annual events: Strawberry Festival at First Church, Plant and Craft Fair at First Parish
  • Middlesex Community College – Concerts, Craft Fair, Movies


  • Bedford Arts and Crafts Society
  • Bedford Farms
  • Bedford TV at Old Town Hall
  • Bedford VA Arts Programming
  • Chip-in-Farm
  • The Glass Cooperative at Depot Park

History & Monuments

  • 3rd Grade Walkabout in Bedford Center
  • Bedford Flag at Bedford Library
  • Bedford Minuteman Company’s annual Liberty Pole Capping
  • Fitch Tavern
  • Historical Society Archives & displays at Police Department + annual tours of Bedford Center for 3rd-grade students
  • Job Lane House and Museum
  • Old Burying Ground and Shawsheen Cemetery
  • Revolutionary War Memorial at Willson Park
  • World War I Monument on Bedford Common

Arts/Music Classes

  • Bedford Arts and Crafts Society
  • Bedford Council on Aging
  • Bedford Schools – Music and Theatre Arts Department: concerts, plays, musicals, and events
  • Bedford Schools: Visual Arts and Communications in all grades
  • POMS – Patrons of Music Students – Private music lessons for students in the Bedford schools
  • Recreation Department
  • Stone carving – Scott Cahaly

Click this link to read the first article in The Bedford Citizen’s series about the Arts and Culture Working Group Subsequent articles in this summer series will focus on Bedford’s working artists, its ardent amateurs, and the visual arts. musical and theatre arts programming in the Bedford School Department.

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