St. John’s Episcopal Church is constructed.
John and Isabel Wharton Cottage is constructed.
John Wharton graduates from seminary at age 68 and serves St. John’s, St. Thomas’ and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Churches.
Charles and Estelle Wharton House is constructed.
Bedford Public Library is built on present site.
Eloise and Edward Gregory purchase the John Wharton Cottage.
Eloise Gregory successfully lobbies Town Council for increased library funding.
St. John’s Episcopal moves to present building.
Disciples of Christ purchase the St. John’s Episcopal Church building.
Mrs. Charles Wharton, Jr. (Louise) begins her wildflower and boxwood garden.
Bedford’s Carnegie Foundation Library is constructed.
Dr. Dennis Robinson purchases the John Wharton Cottage for his office.
The Bedford Central Library is expanded.
The Wharton Memorial Foundation is formed to address the deteriorating condition of the Wharton and Gregory Gardens and the John Wharton Cottage.
The Wharton Memorial Foundation purchases the Cottage and forms the Wharton/Gregory LLC to finance restoration.
Robert McDuffie completes the Wharton Garden master plan.
Wharton Memorial Foundation purchases the Bedford Christian Church and leases it to the Bedford Academy of the Arts. The building is named the Bower Center for the Arts in honor of benefactor Dr. John Bower.
Wharton Memorial Foundation takes over operation of the arts initiative at the Bower Center.
Wharton Memorial Foundation deeds the Bower Center to a new entity, the Bower Center for the Arts.
Started work on the Children’s Literacy Garden