BEDFORD FREIGHT HOUSE
120 South Road, Bedford, Massachusetts
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 5, 2012:
Bedford Freight House is normally open on weekends, April through October, between 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. If you plan to travel a significant distance to visit the Freight House, we recommened that you phone in advance to verify that it is open: 781-687-6180.
* If you are unable to visit in person, please order merchandise through our online store.
Web camera: The view from the Freight House window, updated every 15 seconds.
Volunteer cashiers: Please click here to add your name to the cashier schedule.
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ABOUT THE FREIGHT HOUSE
Friends of Bedford Depot Park operates the historic Freight House as a public service to Minuteman Bikeway users and the general public. It's a place where visitors may come to relax upon arriving in Bedford, learn about the railroad history that predates the bikeway, ask questions, and receive local travel information. Old photos and railroad artifacts are on display. Cold and hot beverages, snacks, and historical merchandise are available. Proceeds from the sale of these items are used to advance historic preservation projects and to maintain Depot Park.
The Freight House building was built in 1877 as the Engine House for the narrow-gauge Billerica & Bedford Railroad. After the demise of the B&B, the building was acquired by the standard-gauge Boston & Maine Railroad for use as a freight shed. For many decades, this is where goods were received and shipped in Bedford. A platform and siding provided boxcar access to the facility.
In the mid-1950s, the B&M decommissioned its Freight House at Bedford and sold the property. During the ensuing years, the building was used as a grain store, a Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters, a bakery and a sandwich shop. The new owners made modifications to the structure, such as the addition of a second floor and a bay window that faces South Road.
The Town of Bedford purchased the Freight House in 1999 as part of the Depot Park project. It was renovated by the Massachusetts Highway Department and the Town in 2008. Click here to view a sequence of photos that show the building's renovations.
For travel directions to the Freight House, click here for a map in the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.