Bedford County, Virginia

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Bedford County is a county located in the U.S. state of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 60,371. Its county seat is the city Bedford[1] and is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area. As an independent city, Bedford is not a part of Bedford County, despite being the county seat.

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History

The Piedmont area had long been inhabited by indigenous peoples. At the time of European encounter, mostly Siouan-speaking tribes lived in this area.

Bedford County was established by European Americans on December 13, 1753 from parts of Lunenburg County. The county is named for John Russell, the fourth Duke of Bedford, who was a Secretary of State of Great Britain. In 1782, Campbell County was formed from parts of Bedford County. Also in 1786, Franklin County was formed from Bedford County.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 769 square miles (1,991.7 km2), of which 754 square miles (1,952.9 km2) is land and 15 square miles (38.8 km2) (1.92%) is water.

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