Bedford County was probably named for the English statesman John Russell, fourth duke of Bedford. Russell, as secretary of state for the Southern Department from 1748 to 1751, had general supervision of colonial affairs. Bedford was formed from Lunenburg County in 1753 and parts of Albemarle and Lunenburg Counties were later added. The county seat is Bedford. The scenic Peaks of Otter as well as Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's country retreat, are located in this county.
Geographic Location: Bedford County
Physical Description of Location: Altavista, VA 24571. Located on Leesville Road (Rt. 43), 1.5 miles northwest of the intersection of Leesville Road (Rt. 43) and County Road 630. Marker is on the left when traveling northwest on Leesville Road (Rt. 43).
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