Friends of the Town of Bedford Cemeteries

We are an organization with the mission to support the preservation and maintenance of the four historic cemeteries in The Town of Bedford, NH by promoting public awareness and by fund raising activities.

Historical cemeteries are open air museums that reflect a community and its heritage. Important for studying the past, they tell the story of a locale and its people, highlighting a community’s achievements and cultural values.

The four historical cemeteries in Bedford:

- Reflect our past and the people who built Bedford

- Reveal a strong community spirit and serve as a source of community pride

- Emphasize the beauty of Bedford with protected and serene open landscapes

- Preserve our cultural history with artifacts reflective of the times in which they were created

- Protect the memories of loved ones and offer a respectful and serene final resting place

We Need Your Help

Over time, gravestones show wear from environmental damage. Hard water, dirt, mold (lichen,) and human mishandling will contribute to the deterioration of stones. Careful maintenance, including proper cleaning and careful repair will aid gravestone longevity. Your recognition of the value of these cultural resources will help ensure that they are properly respected. Mindful care of the artifacts and the landscape will enable us to preserve the historical value of these unique objects.

How you can help.


- Visit your community’s cultural sites

- Do not rub or otherwise disturb stones

- Volunteer your time

-Join the Friends of Town of Bedford Cemeteries

Our History is in Danger !

We work to preserve, maintain and repair the Town of Bedford’s many historic grave markers. Someone once said “Don’t go looking for trouble”, .. But that’s exactly what we do. And it doesn’t take long to find it. When we do we try do the best we can set things right. But its not an easy job. The results, however can be very gratifying.

Our volunteers spend a day cleaning some of the older and dirtier gravestones. Depending on the original stone and overall condition some respond better than others, but in most cases the efforts are repaid .

Many stones have been damaged or overturned with the passage of time. Our members contributions assist in paying for the srevices of professionals who have the equipment and the knowledge to repair and reset these stones.

Upcoming Events

We sponsor a number of events that allow the community to become more familar with the cemeteries and the stories of the earlier members of our community.

In addition, there is an annual grave stone cleaning session that helps keep the grave stones in better condition by removing dirt, lichen and other materials whose actions detoriate the condition and legbility of the old grave stones.

The begining of summer is highlighted by our Annual Strawberry Festival which brings together many community organizations to enjoy wonderful strawberry treats.

Step Back into the 18th Century ! Saturday 10-20-2016 at 02:00 pm

Please be advised that the Back River Road Tour scheduled for tomorrow, October 22, is cancelled due to the anticipated inclement weather. Unfortunately, the cooler weather and other activities anticipated for the remainder of the calendar year and winter months does not afford an opportunity for rescheduling. Please watch the Newsletter for notices for the Spring of 2017. Thank you for your understanding.

Annual Meeting Person of the Year Award to Walter Gallo! Wednesday 10-26-2016 at 6:30 pm

Join us to honor Walter Gallo’s service to Bedford and beyond. Walter J. Gallo is the Friends of the Town of Bedford Cemeteries, Person of the Year for 2016. Walter is a retired colonel with 33 years of service in the U S Marine Corps After graduating with a degree in economics from Saint Anselm College he went on to raise endowment funds there for forty years, retiring as vice president for institutional advancement. In his nearly fifty years residing in Bedford he has touched the lives of countless New Hampshire neighbors. He has raised funds for numerous charities and public institutions, including Saint Elizabeth Seaton Church, the Bedford Public Library, The Palace Theater, Bedford Rotary Club, where he chairs the Donations Committee. Walter is husband to Julie Faucon Gallo, father to Helen Gallo Bryan, Walter James Gallo Jr., Geoffrey Gallo, and Kara Gallo Sabean, and grandfather to seven.

Annual Meeting Speaker John Horne ! Wednesday 10-26-2016 at 6:30 pm

Our Annual Meeting program will feature the presentation of our Person of the Year Award as well as our guest speaker Michael W. Horne. Mr. Horne is president of the NH Cemetery Association.Mr. Horne’s subject “Remembering our Honored Veterans”, is close to his heart. At the Veterans Cemetery he has sponsored the NH Chapter of the Northeast POW/MIA Network events raising awareness that there are still 6 New Hampshire soldiers unaccounted for. He serves as an advisor on legislative matters to the New Hampshire State Veterans Advisory Committee, and has recommended support of a wide array of bills providing benefits for veterans and care of war memorials across the state. Michael W. Horne graduated with an engineering degree from Norwich University (VT). He is currently president of the N.H. Cemetery Association and a member of the New England Cemetery Association.

Halloween Tour of Bedford Center Cemetery Sunday 10-30-2016 at 1:00 PM.

It’s back again this year -- Join us at 2PM, on Sunday, October 30, 2016 (cancelled if raining or high winds) In case you thought you knew everything there was to know about cemeteries- Do you know why some people began using “Mortsafes” in the 1820s? Do you know why old New Englanders would dig up loved ones a year after they were buried? The answers to these and many other interesting stories will come to light. Come and hear the stories of people who lived in died in Bedford and the loved ones they left behind. This is a unique and very popular tour presented by our Friends Members.


Newsletters contain interesting facts about the Bedford, NH cemeteries as well as information on upcoming events and work shops.

Select Newsletters and other articles from the lists below.

Board of Directors

Julie Schappels, President

Denise Rotier, Secretary

Lori Radke, Treasurer

John Wood, President Emeritus

Melinde Lutz Byrne

Robert Kruger

Mike Sills

Ralph Dieter

David Mackey

Rick Harris

Membership Information

We would like you to join us. The Friends of the Town of Bedford Cemeteries is an approved 501(c)(3) Charitable organization and all memberships are tax deductible. Individual and family memberships are available.

Become a member today!

" Bedford Men in the Civil War "

The book, Bedford Men In the Civil War is available for sale at the Town Offices for $20 each.

Proceeds go to Friends of Town of Bedford Cemeteries and The Civil War Preservation Trust.

This book contains the biography of every Bedford man who served (or was exempted from service), as well as a listing of every New Hampshire Regiment,their engagements and the role Bedford men played in each battle.

Please contact us for further information.

©2015 Friends of the Town of Bedford Cemeteries

A 501 c(3) Charity