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Settled in the picturesque Allegheny Mountain Range lays the historical town of Bedford, Pennsylvania. The town began growing inside the walls of Fort Bedford and eventually spread along the river in both directions. Growth was enabled by the establishment of roads and steam engine trains. George Washington came to Bedford and stayed in the Espy house when he was required to lead a militia army against the people who were protesting the whiskey taxation.


Bedford is also known for its beautiful mineral springs, spa, and resort. In 1798, the property that contained the mineral springs was purchased by Dr. Anderson who proceeded to build the Bedford Springs Hotel. People traveled by carriage or rail to experience the healing waters. President Buchanan called the resort his “Summer Whitehouse”. Today, the luxury resort is owned by the Omni and provides relaxing moments to its customers at the hotel’s spa, pool, and golf course. 

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Enjoy community outreach programs and fine art offerings with special receptions and workshops with exhibiting artists! Find more information on upcoming exhibitions and register to attend events!


This group serves to provide financial and volunteer support for the Museum. The committee is also charged with increasing public attention on the Museum and helping to broaden its membership.



Dr. Anderson built the house in which the museum resides in 1814 in the style of Federalist Architecture. At the Anderson House, he practiced medicine, enjoyed family life, and later, opened a portion to the public as a bank. It was the first established bank between Chambersburg and Harrisburg. People would travel a large distance to find such an institution. The bank vault is still open for public viewing within our gift shop.


The Anderson house underwent major renovations from April 2016 to May 2018. Today, it is home to the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Bedford. The museum features a wide range of media from student artwork to internationally recognized works by Rembrandt, Dali, Warhol, and many more. With more than 7,500 pieces in the permanent collection, exhibitions are changed quarterly which provides art lovers the opportunity to find new media with each return visit to SAMA. The museum provides activities for adults and children, provides a space for local and regional artists to exhibit, and is a tourist attraction drawing visitors from across the nation. 

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With multiple hands-on creativity provoking stations, we can support versatile learning styles. To donate projects for the space, use the button below to view the Amazon wish list.



Personalize a brick for you, your family, or even honor a loved one as lasting tribute paving the way for generations to come.


Orders accepted through 12.31.23. Bricks installed in Spring 2024. There’s limited space so place your order today!



Christi Draves

Site Director

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