History of Bedford

History of Bedford

Situated just 12 miles southeast of Cleveland and 24 miles north of Akron with convenient easy access to several interstates.

Bedford is located less than 30 minutes from "everywhere" - the Cleveland Airport, World Class Health Care, World-renowned Arts and Music, beautiful Lake Erie, Fine Dining, the Cleveland Zoo, Professional Sports, Farmers Markets, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Universities and Colleges, Gateway to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park System, Cleveland Metroparks and many Historic sites.

Come visit the many waterfalls throughout Bedford Reservation while bicycling on the many bike paths and enjoy a game of golf. You can experience the beautiful "older" homes in family neighborhoods with trees lining the streets in our own presidential area, a beautiful Town Square where residents gather around the Gazebo starting in the summer with our Parties in the Park and Festivals and ending with the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony our beautiful square decorated and lit throughout the Christmas season. Stop for a cup of coffee or browse the shops on the main street through our own historic downtown where you can walk and sit in the beautiful City square where you can visit the Veteran's Park and to honor those that served.

A full size bronze statue of Lifelong Bedford Resident and 1963 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Elmer Flick. One of Bedford’s own – Elmer Flick had a strong influence in our Country’s sports history as well as in our own community. He is one of only 243 major league baseball players in the history of the sports to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The statue of Mr. Flick is placed on the City square for all to see and appreciate.

Bedford is nestled in the heart of the Western Reserve. "Keep Bedford Green" is on the minds of all during the sesquicentennial era. AND -- while that slogan is evident throughout the community, much has transpired in these first 150 years.

Today, more than 500 industries and retail businesses as well as 13,200 residents call Bedford "home". Approximately 22 new car dealerships and numerous independents compose the impressive Historic Bedford Automile. Thousands of cars are continuously displayed in this year round Auto Show.

Aircraft, chemical environmental services, senior living, medical facilities and pharmaceutical products are just a few of the many manufactured items in the bustling industrial sector of Bedford. We also offer the most up to date health care facilities as well as the finest Police, Fire and City Department services in Cuyahoga County.

A stroll through Bedford today would bring you upon the rolling greens of the Metroparks system. Or -- perhaps you will find yourself in front of Bedford High School, home of the Bearcats, whose green and white colors echo the spirit of the community. Whatever direction you are headed, you will be sure to find affordable, attractive housing, houses of worship for all denominations and a fine school system. Home to the Bedford Municipal Court which also services 14 surrounding municipalities.

Opportunities abound to participate in community service. Bedford has branches of the Rotary International Club, the Lions Club, Dandy Lions, Bedford Garden Club, and Bedford Eagles Club #2122. Bedford is also home to VFW Post #1082, the Bedford Historical Society, Southeast Clergy Council, and the Chamber of Commerce.

As a vibrant Arts & Cultural Board comes the events such as the Celebration of the Arts Weekend of the Pooka and free FriDates concerts. We also offer various events throughout the year, seasonal Parties in the Park, Community Shred Days and Food Drives.

Again -- welcome to Bedford hometown America at its best -- a community where YOU stand out!