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.
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
EVERY 2ND & 4TH THURS
Visit the museum and Creativity Studio and get your ART ON! Create during regular hours of operation or NEW extended studio hours. Bring your easel and supplies or experiment with supplies from SAMA.
THE ANDERSON HOUSE
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.
LEAVE YOUR MARK
Become a permanent part of SAMA!
Personalize a brick for you, your family, or even honor a loved one. The donated bricks will become a part of the outdoor gardens and enhance the experience for all of our visitors as a lasting tribute paving the way for generations to come.
Orders accepted through 12.31.23.
Bricks will be installed in Spring 2024. There’s limited space so place your order today!
MEET THE TEAM
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Visitors Services Associate