The town of Bedford is located 48 miles north of New York City in Westchester County, New York. Bedford’s history is deeply rooted in Colonial times; the town was founded in 1680 when New England Puritans from Stamford, Connecticut purchased the three square miles known as the “Hopp Ground” from Chief Katonah of the Confederation of Ramapo Indians. Bedford remained part of Connecticut until 1700, when it became a territory of New York under the decree of King William. It served as the seat of Westchester County during the Revolutionary War. Sadly, the British burned Bedford to the ground in July 1779, but the town was quickly rebuilt—a testament to Bedford’s resolve. Many homes and buildings serve today as landmarks of the town’s history, such as the Village Green, cemetery, the Court House in Bedford Village, and even the Bedford Oak, which predates the town and is thought of by the community as a symbol of Bedford’s strength, beauty, and heritage.