The Town of Bedford encompasses the hamlets of Bedford Corners, Bedford Hills and Katonah, each with its own personality and history. Once the home of dairy farms and large estates, it's still a favorite place for those who love the country but want to be near the city.
Each of Bedford's hamlets has a town park with swimming and tennis, a library, locally owned shops, a volunteer fire company, and, of course, its own special character. The town supports the arts with concerts, art museums and galleries, lectures by well known experts, house and garden tours, and family activities.
The town of Bedford, NY is served by two public school districts. The Bedford school district serves the southern two-thirds of the town including the hamlets of Bedford Village and Bedford Hills as well as the neighboring town of Pound Ridge and parts of New Castle. It has a high school, middle school and five elementary schools. The Katonah-Lewisboro school district serves the northern one-third of the town including the hamlet of Katonah, the town of Lewisboro, and portions of the towns of Pound Ridge and North Salem. It has a high school, middle school, and four elementary schools.
The original 1680 Bedford settlement was in Bedford Village in the southeastern portion of the Town, with its Village Green and historic buildings dating to the 18th and early 19th centuries. Among these are the 1787 Court House and several homes built after the British burned the village during the Revolution. In 1972, the Bedford Village Historic District was established by local ordinance and is listed on both the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places. The burying ground, established in 1681, was apparently still in use after the Colonial period as the latest headstone dates to 1885. A museum in the Court House is open to the public.