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Bedford County, with its county seat at Shelbyville is geographically in Tennessee's southern middle section. and was named after Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford Jr., who was a large landowner in the area.
Confederate States General Nathan Bedford Forrest was born (1821) in Chapel Hill, Tennessee which was once part of Bedford County until 1825 when the Legislature created Marshall County, Tennessee from portions of the Western border of Bedford County. His family's original 1825 log home still stands, has been restored and can be visited, and a stone monument can be seen in downtown Chapel Hill.
The County comprises 475 square miles of rolling pastured lands mixed with high elevation hills and flat river bottoms. The Duck River meanders through the county from East to West and eventually empties into the majestic Tennessee River in Humphreys County. At 284 miles long, the scenic Duck is the longest river located entirely in the State of Tennessee and is home to more than 50 species of freshwater mussels and 151 species of fish, making it one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America.
Home to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the City of Shelbyville, Bedford County and many surrounding communities are world famous for playing host to an annual celebration of this incredible and unique horse. Incredible horse farms and thousands of pastured acres throughout our county are speckled with the vibrant and frolicking lineage of some of the greatest champion Tennessee Walking horses ever bred.