Avenel Plantation

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Built around 1838 by William M. Burwell and his wife Frances Steptoe, the historic home eventually, in 1985, was purchased by the Avenel Foundation, a non-profit organization known to restore and preserve historic Avenel. A ghostly Lady in White has been seen walking on the grounds and in the halls, and also has been seen from the outside through the windows. Other ghosts, including a phantom cat, are said to reside here; the cat has been heard meowing as well as seen. The phantom smell of tobacco also has been reported by witnesses.

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413 Avenel Ave
Bedford, VA 24523
United States

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37.338447, -79.52454699999998
Bedford County, Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Bedford, VA (0.3 mi.)
Montvale, VA (11.8 mi.)
Forest, VA (13.0 mi.)
Timberlake, VA (14.7 mi.)
Buchanan, VA (15.6 mi.)
Blue Ridge, VA (15.8 mi.)
Big Island, VA (16.2 mi.)
Westlake Corner, VA (17.7 mi.)
Laymantown, VA (18.4 mi.)
North Shore, VA (19.2 mi.)

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  1. I have spent numerous evenings at Avenel during fundraising events and have twice smelled a very strong perfume in one of the upstairs bedrooms and once seen the dining room chandelier begin to sway as we were finishing our cleanup.

  2. Susan Magerkurth  |  

    Years ago I went with a group from Roanoke and when we went to the attic, I noticed the distinct smell of lilacs. Our guide informed us that lilacs were one of the lady of the house’s favorite flowers. It was a strange experience!

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