Stevens-Buswell Community Center

Our Story

In February 2022, The Bedford Historical Society signed a fifty-year lease with the Town of Bedford, for the operation of a community center in the historic Stevens-Buswell School. Constructed in 1921, the school is a beloved fixture, a place rooted to Bedford’s past, being refurbished for its next chapter as the Stevens-Buswell Community Center (SBCC).

We have raised over $730,000 toward rehabilitation.  Milestone Engineering Inc., (Concord, NH) is our Project Manager and Sullivan Construction of Bedford has assisted us with subcontractors and technical assistance.

Our Goals

The Stevens-Buswell Community Center seeks to engage as wide a spectrum of groups and individuals in the community as possible, and encourages a broad range of uses. At a minimum, it will provide more meeting space for business and social groups, special event space and concerts.  We envision coffee meet-ups, yoga, and health classes, candidate nights, Town happenings and space for family functions, (showers, anniversaries, etc).




Our Historic Building

The Stevens-Buswell School was built in the town center in 1921, named for two Bedford men who lost their lives in World War I. It was the first two-room school in Bedford. The school served students from grades one through eight. It continued to function as a school until 1967. After that, the building served as the Bedford Town Offices, Bedford Police Department, Bedford Municipal Court and finally, as home to the Marconi Museum.


Project Plan:


Phase I:

Building Stabilization

Roof replacement and environmental remediation


Phase II:

Required to Open – Main Floor

$350,000 still needed to open. Complete HVAC and electrical work, paint, trim and furnishings.

Projects Needed to complete Phase II, SBCC
  • Septic System
  • HVAC
  • Three Restrooms
  • Floor Refinishing
  • Window Restoration
  • Two Stairwells
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Security System
  • Internet/TV/Telephone


Phase III:

Full Utilization of Space

Finish ground floor rooms.

Renovations in Process

Friends of the SBCC

The Stevens-Buswell Community Center Committee is comprised of Bedford residents, from a wide array of backgrounds, all with a deep appreciation and love for the school and its reuse as a thriving community.

The Stevens-Buswell Community Center Committee Members:

  • Gwen Broder
  • Dee Caron
  • Ron Cavalho
  • Scott Crandall
  • Claire Day
  • Bill Gere
  • Clark Gott
  • Paul Kfoury
  • Richard Moore
  • Beverly Thomas
  • Susan Tufts-moore
  • Gene Van Loan
  • Glenn Wiggin
  • Greg Zimmermann
  • Rebecca Acorn

To make a donation online, use the donate button below

Or, send checks to:

Bedford Historical Society Treasurer, BHS
24 North Amherst Road
Bedford, NH 03110


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