Ken at the Bedford Flag Statue, Bedford, Massachusetts, 15 April 2012

Driving homeward from Carlisle, the easiest way was to pass through Bedford, as I knew that I could pick up another town on this day that I didn’t have anything else to do, so I figured I’d make it a “three-fer” today.

Bedford is the town where my father worked all the time that I was growing up, so he commuted there every day and I got to see it.  It’s a typical bedroom community with a main commercial strip on Routes 4 and 225 (The Great Road), and there are a number of historical houses.  I also got to know Bedford as my former in-laws still live there and I occasionally see (Hi Jodi, Rich, Mary, and Erik! I know they will be upset with me that I didn’t stop in to see them when I was there. Sorry, I was on a roll!)

Bedford is also known as having the oldest flag in the United States, which supposedly was carried to Concord for the first battle of the American Revolution. The flag is definitely of a time period as it looks more medieval than like a modern flag.  While I didn’t get into the library to see the original (it was Sunday!) I did see that they were flying it in front of the town buildings.

Bedford was a combination of old colonial and business.  It’s definitely a bedroom community where people tend to commute from, but there are also a lot of colonial era buildings, and a bunch of history.  It’s also the end of the Minuteman Bikeway that goes by my house in Arlington, so I’ve been there a number of times for that.

There were also a lot of gardens in everyone’s yard, so it was nice to see all the flowers!

Forsythia Blooming, Bedford, Massachusetts, 15 April 2012

Grape Hyacinths, Bedford, Massachusetts, 15 April 2012

Since I was on a roll, and I wanted to buy an iPad, I decided to hit one more town today and started traveling towards Burlington.

So, where have you noticed the mixing of the old and the new?

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