Oak Cottage 932 Lake Drive

This charming cottage is owned by Rob Jarvis and is decorated by The Garden Club of Bedford. 

This two bedroom cottage was built in 1946, part of the post WWII building boom.  It is a colonial style cottage with two upstairs dormer bedrooms. The paneling, which is now painted, was a popular 1940’s design element. 

One of the nicest features of this home are the french doors from the Living Room that open out to a covered slate porch.  A previous owner added a glass enclosed garden room.  This porch/solarium also has a set of french doors that open out to a new deck that was added by the present owner. 

Interesting furniture includes a Virginia-made drop leaf table and a nine drawer walnut chest that came from “Cedar Hill”, the Cauthorn family home. 

The owner’s extensive art collection is featured through out the home.  This collection features many local artists, including some of the owner’s work.




Ottervue House 725 Longwood Avenue

 “Ottervue”, owned by Jeremiah Sampson and Reagan Flaherty, is decorated by Garden Thyme Garden Club. 

This 1902 Victorian home is making its first appearance on the Christmas Home Tour in 2017.  The house was built on land originally set aside for a subdivision by the name of “Ottervue” and was completely renovated in the mid 1980's. 

One enters the home into a grand two-story foyer.  Original pocket doors grace the living and dining rooms.  The  downstairs master bath features a period copper tub.  A massive kitchen spans the width of the house.  The best views of the Peaks of Otter in the town of Bedford can be found just off the back porch.

Jeremiah and Reagan were excited to purchase one of their favorite homes in Bedford in 2015.  They are the first family to raise children in this home in over 60 years.


The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs is proud to present the 2017 Bedford Christmas Home Tour on December 3, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  The theme of this year's home tour is Christmas in the World's Best Little Town.  WBLT were the call letters of the local radio station founded by Jim Synan in the early 1950's.  This became the unofficial trademark of the town of Bedford. 

Since 1973 the Bedford Council of Garden Clubs has sponsored a biennial Christmas Home Tour the first of December.  The homes this year are ones in Bedford that the owners so graciously have agreed to open for this liesurely Sunday afternoon tour.  The five unique homes selected for 2017 range from an 1800's Vernacular to a 1946 Colonial style cottage.   Many points of interest in these homes allow opportunities for the garden club members to showcase their many talents and creativity. The Bower Center for the Arts will be open to the public as a tour stop where refreshments will be served.  The recent renovation of the Bower Center and the art exhibits showcased will add appeal for those who visit. 

Tickets for the 2017 Christmas Home Tour are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 the day of the tour.  The program containing information on the homes and the advertisements are the ticket  for the tour and must be presented at the door to visit the home.  Thie funds raised from this event are for the many projects of the clubs belonging to the Bedford Council, the Council itself, the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Therefore the tickets are non-refundable.  Your program/ticket provides access to these properties at the time of the tour.  The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs welcomes you to Christmas in the World's Best Little Town.

The five Garden Clubs that are members of Bedford Council of Garden Clubs are: Belmont, Blue Ridge, Garden Thyme, Moneta and The Garden Club of Bedford.

Belmont Garden Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 2p.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church except for special events. The objects of the club are to stimulate interest in the culture and arranging of flowers and horticulture; to support gardening and beautification activities within the community; and the conservation of natural beauties in the protection of birds, butterflies, wildflowers etc.  For membership information call Orpha Hatcher at 540-819-5948 or  tdaaal04@yahoo.com

Blue Ridge Garden Club meets the 2nd Wednesday each month (except January and July) at 10:00 a.m. in member’s homes and at various locations.  Club members participate in both community centered activities (i.e. planting at the Bedford Welcome Center and Post Office, supervising and maintaining gardens at the Bedford Elementary School and the Sherrie Conner Memorial Garden) and in personal enjoyment of flower arranging and horticulture.  Membership contact: Roslyn Reynolds at 540-875-8400 or roslynreynolds46@gmail.com

Garden Thyme Garden Club of Forest meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month (except January and July) at 10:00 a.m. in club member’s homes.  The club’s community projects include installing and maintaining landscaping around the Forest community sign on Route 221 and re-doing the landscaping around the Forest Library flagpole.  This year the club will also participate with decorating a home for the Bedford Council of Garden Club’s Christmas Home Tour.  For membership information contact : Debbie Farrago at 434-525-0175 or  debbiefarrago@gmail.com

 Moneta Garden Club was organized in 1978 and meets the 3rd Monday of each month (except July and August) at 12:00 noon at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Moneta.   The club’s objectives include education, sharing information, promoting conservation and environmentally friendly activities, and encouraging community pride through landscape projects. These include landscaping and maintaining gardens at the Smith Mountain Lake Library, the SML State Park, and Franklin Co Park. The club Provides Youth education and gardening for schools in Bedford & Franklin Co. It has  fundraisers to provide scholarships to Nature Camp and Colleges.  Information contact Diane Killip at 540-420-6932 or myriverkayak@gmail.com.

 The Garden Club of Bedford meets on the  2nd Wednesday of each month (except January and August) at 10:00 a.m. at CVCC in Bedford. Special projects for 2017 include landscaping in front of the Municipal Building and the Bedford Armory, Wreaths Across America, and Domestic Violence.  The club is celebrating the 70th anniversary. For information contact: Marge Loomis at 540-947-2698 or loomchet@gmail.com

The Bower Center 305 N Bridge St

​Art Gallery •  Education •  Performance & Event Venue  •  Artist Studios
Since 2006 Bower Center for the Arts has worked toward providing a cultural arts center in the heart of the Town of Bedford. Committed to strengthening the Bedford community and surrounding counties, the Center believes arts education is essential and creates arts-infused educational experiences for all age groups. With an annual Summer Arts Camp for grades 3 - 8, ongoing classes in Mosaics, Painting, Drawing, Yoga, and Tai-Chi, and new classes forming regularly, Bower Center provides an engaging and creative experience for all.

Three levels of gallery space showcase work of local and national artists, holding 12 – 14 exhibits a year that reflect diverse artistic skills, excellence, and imagination. Monthly concerts in a variety of musical genres hit the performance stage, advancing contemporary, professional performing arts in every discipline.

In addition, Bower Center provides 8 private studio spaces for resident artists to engage in creativity and  face-to-face dialogue away from the pressures and habits of daily life. 

Bower Center’s facilities also provide families, groups, and corporations space for meetings, gatherings, and celebrations of all kinds. On December 3rd, 2017, from 1-5 PM, the Christmas Home Tour Reception will be held in the Sara Braaten Gallery. This will be a perfect time for reception attendees to view the new “Space” exhibit that will be on display from November 21st – January 13th, 2018. This is an all-media judged theme exhibit that challenges artists to go deeper and explore the concept of “space, the final frontier.” 

 The Cowlbeck Cottage 541 Westview Avenue 

The Cowlbeck Cottage is owned by Tommy and Roslyn Reynolds and is decorated by the Blue Ridge Garden Club. 

This house has very special memories for both Tommy and Roslyn.  Tommy grew up across the street and attended school with the Cowlbeck children.  Roslyn stayed in the house when she accompanied her parents to Bedford on their vacations from their home in Guatemala.

The land for this house was purchased in 1936 by Wilbur G. and Lucy E. Cowlbeck who built the home two years later.  Wilbur designed this home in an English style.  The cottage was built using local materials and area tradesmen.  Features of the home are the large decorative front door and the ceiling beams in the family room.  A previous owner designed the breezeway leading to the master suite and the tiled courtyard. 

The home’s current décor was coordinated by Roslyn and is filled with family heirlooms, pieces from area antique shops and some new pieces.  The home showcases works by local artists and artisans including hand painted pieces of furniture and other applied arts.



Lindenhall House 607 Longwood Avenue 

“Lindenhall”, home of Gene and Sally Carter, is decorated by the Moneta Garden Club.

This house represented in the Virginia Historical Landmarks File as the “Dr. J. I. Smith House” is described as wood, Vernacular style, built in the 1880's. 

Today this house features a twelve column front porch, seven coal burning fireplaces, wide center halls flanked by four rooms on each of the two stories, ornate interior woodwork as well as stained glass door trim.  The kitchen area of the house appears to have been a separate building that was later joined to the original house.  The previous owners remodeled the back of the structure changing the pitch of the roof, adding skylights and updating the kitchen and bath while keeping much of the early woodwork intact.  The Carters have added landscaping at the rear of the house and have done considerable interior redecorating.  Of particular interest is the Music Room, which emphasizes their love of music. 

Gene and Sally moved to Bedford and purchased the house in 2008.  They previously owned a similar 1880's home.  Both are now happily pursuing their interests in art and music – Sally as a potter at the Bower Center for the Arts and Gene at Goose Creek Studios as a maker of jewelry.

Believing that this lovely 19th century home needed a distinctive name, they have named it “Lindenhall”, referencing both the wide halls and their joy in discovering a large Linden tree in the front of the house (the only one they have seen in Bedford).  A special fondness for Linden trees came from the three 200 year old trees that graced their previous home.
The Carrington House 419 Avenel Avenue

The Carrington House, owned by John and Laura Carrington, is decorated by the Belmont Garden Club.  

The land was acquired in 1906 and was originally part of the Avenel Plantation. The house was built in 1914.   A previous owner had the cottage behind the house built in 2008.  

The Carringtons recently purchased this property.  Laura’s family moved to Bedford in 1973 so that her mother, the late Carolyn Woods, could manage the Peaks of Otter Lodge for her parents until it was sold in 2002.  Laura moved away after college and married John Carrington of the Consolidated Shoe Company family of Lynchburg.  He currently works for 3 Daughters Media in Forest. 

Recent renovations include the removal of wall-to-wall carpet, refinishing the beautiful pine floors, removing wallpaper, and painting along with other projects yet to be completed.

One of the unique features of the home is the staircase with a landing accessed from both the living room and kitchen.  Another is the bay window in the dining room

As you tour the home, you will note several antique pieces which were inherited from John and Laura’s families.  All of the artwork throughout the house is original.








BCGC Sponsors and Advertisements  2017

Christmas in the World's Best Little Town
Sponsors:  Gross Orchards  &  Bower Center of the Arts

Acute Design
Allstate / Robbie Aveson
Apocalypse Ale Works
Appalachian Orthodontics of Lynchburg & Sleep Wellness Associates of Lynchburg
Arthur's Jewelry
Delores Ayers/Electrologist
Aylor's Farm & Garden
Bartlett Tree Experts
Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Brown's Construction of Virginia
Burch-Messier Funeral Home
Carol's Place
Catron's Tire Service
Cavalier Theatre
Century 21 / Michelle Stebbings
Divine Designs & Delights
Edo Grill & Sushi
Farmhouse Catering
Fisher's Restaurant
The Forest Cleaners Inc.
Forest Direct Primary Care
Forest Family Dentistry
Foster Fuels, Inc.
Frederic's Flowers
The General Store
Gentle Endodontics of Lynchburg
Goose Creek Studio
House dressing
The James River Rug Company
John Stewart Walker Real Estate - Gin McCabe & Jim Towner
Liberty Antique Mail
The Lord God Planted A Garden
Lynchburg True Value
Mi Patron Mexican Restaurant
Moneta Farm & Home Center
On Second Thought Consignments
Overstreet General Repair Inc
Peaksview Landscapin
Peoples Furniture Company Inc.
The Pet ClinicPints O'Plenty
Rainfrost  Nursery and Gift Store
Rapid Printing
Robert A. Dunn, DDS
Runk & Pratt - Ivy Hill Golf Course
Runk & Pratt - Senior Living Communities
Runk & Pratt - Entwined Events
Scott & Bond, Inc. Insurance & Real Estate
Scotts Mulch & More, Inc.
Sherry Chairs & More
Sister to Sister Catering
SML Discovery Shop - American Cancer Society
Southern Roots
State Farm  / Jeff Persinger
Steele's Colision Repair & Auto Sales
Sweet Treet & Coffee Express
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory
Trendsetters Salon
Trimmers II Salon
Universal T's Inc.
Wetzel & Washington Attorneys at Law

ROANOKE - The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs 2017 Christmas Home Tour is coming up-- find out where to get tickets and see the homes on display.  

 Ticket Outlets - Lynchburg, Forest, Bedford, & SML

Arthur’s Jewelry                                   Givens Books   

11 North Bridge Street                         2236 Lakeside Drive  

Bedford, Va 24523                              Lynchburg, Va 24501

540-586-8034                                      434-385-5027

Aylors Farm & Garden                         Moneta Farm & Home Center

16075 Forest Road                             11739 Moneta Road
Forest, Va 24551                                 Moneta, VA 24121
434-525-1007                                      540-297-5558

Bedford Welcome Center                    The General Store

816 Burks Hill Road                             213 Scruggs Road
Bedford, Va 24523                               Moneta, Va 24121
540-587-5681                                       540-721-3009

Bower Center for the Arts                  Goose Creek Studio

305 N Bridge St                                  302 Court Street

Bedford, Va 24523                             ​Bedford, Va 24523    


On the  day of the tour tickets will be sold at the five homes, the Bower Center for the Arts and the 

Bedford Welcome Center  

Ticket/Brochure must be presented at each home