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Avenel Ave. House

Bedford, Virginia

It is said that in front of one particular house, the Ghost of Avenel may be seen walking. The woman is said to wear a long white dress and carries a parasol. Allegedly the woman used to live in the house that is now owned by the Bedford Historical Society.

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Ashleigh says:

October 30, 2005, 11:41 am

Hi, I live in Bedford Virginia. The entire town is creepy. I lived just a few blocks down from the Avenel in a house that we have reason to believe haunted by a boy named Jack.(but that is a long story) The Avenel house was actually the head of a huge plantation in civil war times. It is said to be haunted by many spirits. Slaves, sisters who died there,the master of the plantation,the lady in white.General Lee stayed there during the civil war.All of Bedford is full of haunted history. Bedford also was home of the”BEDFORD BOYS”. Who were all local residence and were all sent to battel in World War 2. Almost all of them never made it home. If ever you are looking for a nice historical town, Bedford is the place.

jessica dentlinger says:

November 14, 2005, 4:18 pm

hey that was on supernatural it was the one were the brown hair dude girl friend dies

Peter Joslyn says:

February 10, 2006, 5:29 pm

I have lived next to the Avenel plantation house for eleven years… and never have seen anything out of the ordinary.

ina says:

March 16, 2006, 3:15 pm

Isn’t there a story behind it?Why does she wander like that?And what’s with the long,white dress?In every story,when a woman is involved,she is always wearing the exact same thing.

Kyle says:

June 13, 2006, 3:07 pm

I’ve lived two blocks away from the Avenel House for a little over a decade now, and I’m still a little sketchy on the whole “ghost story” ordeal. I mean, I’ll admit I’ve seen strange things out of the corner of my eye walking home and taking the shortcut down Avenel (I live on Lee Street), but never actually a full-on apparition. I’ve been inside on several occassions, and the only time anything out of the ordinary happened was Halloween , 2002 (I believe). In the upstairs master bedroom, there was a rocking chair that would rock by itself from time to time, despite the fact that noone was allowed in that part of the room, and, seeing as how I helped set up the festivities that night, I’m quite certain that it wasn’t a set-up trick. There are also reports of seeing an outline of someone lying in the bed in that room the same night, and, again, noone was allowed to be in that part of the room (it was roped off).

While I’m not sure what to make of the whole ordeal, I think it’s safe to say that there is somewhat of an odd, almost unnerving air about the whole place.

Wow, after all of this talk, I almost want to walk down there right now. Hah.

unspoken says:

September 29, 2006, 8:13 pm

I’ve never been to the Avanel House but from what i’ve read it’s pretty creapy if you ask me.
Like somebody already said howcome in every ghost story I hear or read about if theirs a lady in it she’s always wearing a white dress and sitting in a rockingchair and always endsup walking around in the house or building.
I think if you don’t tell anybody that it’s haunted they won’t know the diffrence because it’s all in their heads and their imigination is just trying to scare them and they always want to go with what their minds tell them to do but they can’t decide if it’s true or not because their imigination is going wild and it’s confusing them. I lived in Bedford for over 10 years and i’ve never heard of this place and have never ever seen this place and i already think it’s just a bunch of **** in a chef salad!!!!even though i like reading about haunted houses this one doesn’t even sound real because i’ve read about 4000 diffrent articles and they all have the same settings and plots and themes and everything the same as about 3998 articles i’ve read about and nothing makes sence and i’ve srarted to stop believing in haunted stories and diffrent haunted houses i’ve seen because they all seem the same to me and i just don’t think their real anymore.

Michael says:

September 30, 2006, 6:32 am

I live two doors up from the Avenel House. I have heard the stories but have not seen anything strange yet. I do know my bassethounds bark at something at 2:00 AM each morning like clock-work. I have always assumed they were barking at a deer; I have never heard of deer that kept such a consistant schedule. If I see anything, I will post it on this site.

Carol says:

October 25, 2006, 8:12 am

I have lived in Bedford my whole life and I have heard the stories about the house being haunted. I couldn’t tell you if it really is or not though. I have always wondered. I have yet to see the inside, but I am curious to what I would find. I live not to far from the Avenel house and pass it sometimes, but I have never seen anything out of the ordinary, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. I like to believe that there is something there just because it makes life more interesting.

sarah says:

November 11, 2006, 10:05 am

I live right beside the avenel house and I have seen a lady looking out the window

sarah says:

November 12, 2006, 10:32 am

is it true that the avenel house is haunted? I say it is if anyboby has went on the ghost walk at the avenel house then they belive it or do they? I think it is because if the house was a civil war house then it is if I see anything I will let everyone know

Morgan and Molli says:

December 23, 2006, 2:51 am

My dad took my family down to the Avenel house tonight. We went for a certain reason, he told us this story:

His friends went down to the Avenel house on a tuesday in december in 1987. The power meter was off and they went in through the window. They walked in a room, and the lights came on. Every room they walked in, the lights came on. All the plastic was on the furniture. They went in the bathroom, and not only did the lights turn on, but the water started running.. in the bath and the sink. The bathtub was a claw footed tub. When they came back out of the bathroom, all the plastic was off the furniture, and no where to be found. They then went into the kitchen, and there was an apron swinging on the back of the door, with a newspaper from about 20 years ago. They started freaking out, so they went to the back door, and the handle came off in my dad’s friend’s hand. He swears he heard someone or something say GET OUT.
They had left the window open when they came in, but when they went back over to the window, it was closed. They got out fine, but when they drove back around his friend noticed the light in the attic was on, and there was a rocking chair sitting in the window, rocking, but there was no one in the chair, and no one in the house.
Well when we went back tonight there was a single light in the whole house that was lit in the window. We thought no big deal, this whole thing is just a joke. So, we drove around the back of the house, and there were no lights on in the back. We drove around the front again, same deal. We circled back around, and there were lights lit in the back of the house. They kept getting brighter and brighter, until finally, the whole thing just went out. All the lights were gone.
We drove around the front of the house for the third time, and that one light that has been on the entire time, was out. We were freaked out. Every light was out.

We were done for the night.
But as we were driving home, we started thinking about the address, 413 Avenel Avenue.
The 1 on the sign is also painted white on the sign outside the house. Like, there was an attepmt to white it out. My friend decides to say, “wouldn’t it be weird if friday the 13th was in april this year ? considering that april is the fourth month in a year. so we pulled up the calendar on her phone, and it is. Then we decided to add up 4 and 3.. since the 1 was painted and it’s 7. yeah, April 13th, 2007, aka friday the 13th.

My dad said it was weird that we went tonight, because it was around this time 19 years ago that his friends went. He remembered it was on a tuesday, because it was after an auction. We searched december 22, 1987.. and it’s a tuesday.

Everything that happened was not a coincidence in my opinion. You all can believe what you want, but we will be going back on Friday the 13th.

We are planning on investigating the experience we encountered tonight.

Shere says:

December 23, 2006, 11:06 am

this aint real

Marcus says:

December 24, 2006, 11:00 pm

I have family right behind the Avenel House. One night I went over there with a friend and jokingly knocked on the wood on the back of the house. Now it could have been anything, an acorn falling, a branch scraping, who knows… but something knocked back … I didn’t stick around to investigate ..

sarah says:

December 27, 2006, 7:03 pm

People think that I am crazy when I say the anvel house is hanted.

leigh says:

January 19, 2007, 1:39 pm

I have walked the block on which the house sits many times during the summer – late times – and I have never seen anything unusual nor had any omnious feeling. It’s just a beautiful old house with a lot of history – people will believe what they want to believe.

Donna says:

February 6, 2007, 12:08 pm

I believe that the White Lady of Avenel is Fannie, a daughter of the Burwell’s who lived there during the War. Fannie married a young lawyer who immediately left after the wedding to serve in the Civil War. After visiting him at his encampment in Gordonsville, she came down with thypoid fever and soon passed away. She never got to enjoy life with her young groom and never had any children. Jimmie, her husband, was killed in a battle just before General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. I have often visited the grounds of Avenel before it was restored. On one visit, just one tree in the yard began violently shaking. Later, when visiting the family plot in a nearby cemetery, once again a single tree began violently shaking.
Avenel is a beautiful home and a showplace for the town of Bedford (called Liberty during the Civil War). I am very pleased that it has been preserved and is now a centerpiece of Bedford.

Donna says:

February 6, 2007, 12:15 pm

Fannie’s sister Leticia wrote at least two diaries or books regarding life at Avenel. They are available at the foundation who is now charged with maintaining the property and the Bedford Library has a wealth of clippings etc…regarding the property.

hannah says:

February 14, 2007, 11:45 am

I believe it’s real. from all the stories I’ve heard/read, the previous story about the boys who went in the house through the window was pretty creepy. I am going back on april 13th this year, also. you never know what you may see.

Paige says:

February 14, 2007, 11:53 am

I don’t believe in ghosts at all. There is no Biblical evidence to back up the existence of ghosts, but there is Biblical evidence to back up the existence of demons. Before his death, Harry Houdini told his wife that if there was any way to communicate from beyond the grave, he would do it. the two had a password known only to them, and no one was ever able to confirm communication from him. I have never seen a ghost, I think people’s imagination sometimes gets the better of them.

Morgan says:

February 26, 2007, 3:09 pm

this is to hannah.
if she ever comes back to this site.

you’ll see us there.
if you go around nine i think.
there will probably be a big group.
because me and molli told a lot of people what happened that night.
and we got a lot of interest.
me and molli are definitely going back though. no matter what. i hope to see you there.
maybe something will happen just so we know we aren’t imagining things ?

that would be great.
anyone else, feel free to join me, molli, and hannah. 😀

Morgan says:

February 26, 2007, 3:11 pm

i forgot to say that if you go back up to the story about the boys going through the window,
i was the one who posted that.
just so you know. :)

Ramie says:

March 24, 2007, 12:06 pm

I lived in Bedford Va. for 3 years. I lived on Smith Mountain Lake. I used to see random people walking on my house, but they never bothered me so I didnt tell anyone. Well, we went to the Avenel House for an Anniversary of a family friend. I saw the lady in the white dress and the man. I also saw what looked to be a slave walking with them.

Tammy says:

June 21, 2007, 11:00 pm

Just wondering about what happened when you guys went back on 4-13-07? I have lived in Thaxton since I was six and I have never been but heard the stories. I believe it though!!

Jackson says:

July 19, 2007, 10:43 am

very curios to know what happened on april 13th?
please dont make up stories

Jake W says:

August 9, 2007, 1:10 am

I am the founder of V.E.P.S, (Virginia Expeditionary Paranormal Society) we are just setting up shop out here in va beach and i am just looking for some haunts to investigate.

Matt says:

September 13, 2007, 11:50 pm

Hi im matt giles and im gonna share my storie of the haunted avenel house! It was late that night me, morgan, brian, and ray went. We started snooping around in the basement of the house. All we seen was old wheel barrels and cob webs around old candels. Soon we went through one of the windows of the house. We dident see anything but we did hear strage nosies coming from upstairs! We dipped out and never came back! Hopefully me and the crew can get up and go back to see if their really is a lady in white that walks around!

Jamie says:

October 26, 2007, 1:23 pm

Isnâ??t there a story behind it?Why does she wander like that?And whatâ??s with the long,white dress?In every story,when a woman is involved,she is always wearing the exact same thing.

Comment by ina | 03.16.2006 | 3:15 pm
My answer to this question is logic. Tipical “ghost are always in a white dress simply due to the fact that in the day women were burried in their wedding dresses or their Sunday best. Even today when people die they are layed to rest in “usually” very nice clothes.
A persons imprint or energy could be left on items like the rocking chair, women would rock their children to sleep or rock in a chair to give a since of comfort to themselves. So a persons energy can leave an imprint on a object. I use those two examples because they were questioned on this site. I have never seen a ghost that I know of; I have possibly felt something alittle strange I don’t know. I would like to experiance such a thing and maybe someday I will see something I have no way of explaining away. I live close to the Bedford but I haven’t made it there yet perhaps I will in a few days.

Amy says:

November 29, 2007, 10:32 am

My name is Amy I am an investigator with Bedford Paranormal and we have just completed an investigation here. I can tell you that my team and I heard voices, sounds, foot steps behind us, been touched, got many evp recordings, and pictures. I feel safe to say that this location is haunted by several spirits. Feel free to check us out at and if anyone needs help, we offer a free anonymous service for any type of paranormal activity.

Samantha says:

December 8, 2007, 11:45 pm

i just moved to bedford back in april of 2007…
i have just recently heard of this avenel house. My uncle and i are starting our own paranormal group… and to train myself i have been walking around the property of this house quite often… when i get up enough courage i want to reach someone about entering this house… the first night i went i didnt see anything physically but i had a strong feeling at the back of the house where the covered porch is, it was creepy…i had my video camera on night vision and took a good look into every window. when me and my friends made it to the side porch we looked in the window and there was a portrait of a woman,fannie im guessin, and as soon as i zoomed in on her portrait the camera died and refused to cut on, it didnt cut on again until we were in the car driving away.. during the day it feels so homely there, at night its a different story… im not sure what to think, but im going to continue my research… if anyone can answer this please do.. ARE WE ALLOWED TO GO INSIDE??

hannah says:

December 26, 2007, 6:49 pm

Morgan and Molli,
I missed getting to go this year to the house. Are you planning to go again anytime this year? Did anything happen when you guys went?

Alan says:

March 18, 2008, 7:42 pm

I’ve been to Avenel many times. If you’d like to read about one of our investigations there, here is a link.

shay says:

May 5, 2008, 3:39 pm

Iv’e always heard the stories as well and for growing up i never believed in ghost or anything like that but me and one of my friends went to the avenel place a month or so ago and was just wanting to see what it looked like up close. I think our hearts stopped for a second when we looked insdie the door window we had a few cold chills like someone or something was watching us. The painting of Robert E lee hainging in front of the front door wall inside we stared his eyes moved insdide that painting and we just stood there for a few minutes then we heard whistling sounds…we looked around nothing or knowone was in site…we ran so fast we just got the heck out of there. Need to say ‘yes’ that place is haunted.

julie says:

July 3, 2008, 8:29 pm

I have lived in the Bedford area for 30 years and this is the first time I have heard anything about this house. It has got me very curious and I would love to go investigate it.Where can I sign up to join in the investigation? As for the comment above that refers to the bible… Do you believe in The Holy Ghost? If that is real, Why can’t another ghost be real? So the Bible does speak of a ghost and it also speaks of demons. I say, if you are going to speak of the Bible, you need to read it from begining to end first! It is in there.

loraina lee says:

October 17, 2008, 6:57 pm

gen. robert e. lee is my ansester and it has now been proven that the house is haunted!i, myself feel very comfortable there as i do in other haunted house. even the one i live in

Tara says:

October 20, 2008, 9:20 am

My investigation team explored Avenel this past Friday and it was pretty quiet- we did however have 2 team members here the doorlatch on the Avenel Ave side of the house click and turn as if it was about to open, though upon inspection the door was locked and secured. We had a video camera set up just inside the doorway shooting back down the hallway where it is said a lady paces in wait for something, or someone. There have been reports of hearing her skirt rustling as she paces. In a bedroom upstairs, I heard a similar rustling near the fireplace- have yet to examine our audio or the video for backup. Avenel is beautiful and charming place, rich with history, and we feel fortunate for the opportunity to investigate it. Check out our website at

Grace and Destiny says:

January 24, 2009, 2:41 pm

january 23,2009 my friend Destiny and I were at the Avenel when we noticed the curtains shut I started telling her[just playing around]maybe the ghost closed them so we went to go check the lock on the door when we turned around a minute later[We swear they were closed]they were opened.

Grace and Destiny says:

January 24, 2009, 2:50 pm

january 24,2009 Grace and I went to the Avenel again a door was unlocked we didn’t go in but we were about to!

Grace says:

January 26, 2009, 7:54 pm

when any of you guys are planning an investigation in Avenel my friend Destiny and I would love to come we are almost 11 and we have always been so entrested in Avenel,just send another comment saying the day and time and we definitly love to be there.

Destiny says:

February 6, 2009, 7:48 pm

hey! This is Destiny and i’m here to say that friday the 13th is coming up and my friend grace and I would love it if you gave us some information on friday the 13th because were ready to go and if any of ya’ll want to come we would be siked! So please get back to us.

Devin and Marie says:

February 27, 2009, 10:53 pm

me and my mom went there and took picture there was a middle aged solider with a long beard and mustache i have a picture of him and a picture of the woman in white. if you would like more info email me and my mom at thanks, enjoy the avenel house!

Ryan says:

March 10, 2009, 11:13 pm

I lived in Bedford for 16 years. I have photographs from inside Avenel of my wife and I taken within minutes of each other on two separate cameras showing a large orb holding the same position above us. Anyone versed in “spirit photography” will know what I’m talking about. It was in the same place on two different cameras, so “dust on the lens” doesn’t wash. I’ve been in that house many times — my father was the Rector of St. John’s about a block away and the people living there in the ’80s (elderly ladies, one was wheelchair-bound, IIRC) were parishoners of his church. I was in there at night a few times with my dad as he visited them. VERY unsettling.

hannah says:

April 1, 2009, 1:52 pm

My foster cousin and I decided to go take some pics at the Avenel house and when we looked at the pics again we saw different faces in each pic.And when we looked at the pics of the front of the house we could almost see the face of the woman.

Raven says:

May 25, 2009, 1:22 pm

I live in bedford and the houses may look haunted but until you do e.v.p. or something and get proof, the house can’t be considered haunted. I’ve done e.v.p. in houses there and only one has actually had a feedback. We asked why it was there and it said, “I want what is mine. You won’t see me. This is the last of contacting me or my daughter.” We didn’t know that there was more than one. That is the proof. If you would like to hear it (videotaped), go to and search bedford virginia e.v.p.

Lyssie says:

June 23, 2009, 12:52 pm

I live very close to an Avenel and drive by it everyday but it isn’t in Bedford….Its near the old Beverlys Mill in Broad Run,Va. Sometimes on Halloween we drive up there and wait at the “haunted railroad.” But nothing happens. Not saying that I don’t believe…because my aunt use to live on the plantation and says that one day while she was doing her homework she looked out the window and the lady and white was sitting in a tree. My aunt was never scared though…since shes moved, whenever she drives by she feels someone is sitting in the backseat of her car.
The story of Avenel is the Lady in Whites’ Fiance died in the civil war and because she was so upset she went to the stream which is located next to the railroad and piled rocks on her and killed herself.

Jordan says:

July 22, 2009, 1:03 am

Hi my name is Jordan Arrington and i have lived in bedford my entire life, I have visited the Avenel on several different occasions and i have never seen a lady in white. It is said that a woman wearing a white dress was pushed down the stairs and died.. and now she is seen walking through the house at night. I have been there during the day several times and have investigated but nothing out of the ordinary has happened. It is said and i know this from friends of mine that they have been there at Night and have had experiences from cabinets in the kitchen coming open to doors slamming. So i go by there one night it was about 1 or 2 in the a.m. and i go in. i was in there for a good minute walking around downstairs but there was nothing happing until i walk into this one room and it felt cold much cooler than any of the other rooms and there was a picture of this woman but she was not in white… and it felt as if she was watching me as i walked around the room.. it was creepy. Ive seen this picture many of other times in the house but i have never got a vibe from it like i did that night but i didnt pay any mind to it, Now this is where it gets creepy.. as i remember i was getting ready to turn around to go check the upstairs and as i turned i heard footsteps going up or coming down the step i really couldnt tell but i know what footsteps sound like and that was the sound of footsteps on wooden steps, but scared and excited at the same time i ran up the steps to see if i could catch a glimpse of someone or something but nothing was there. All the doors upstairs were closed and i didnt hear any doors close when i was going up but i went to go check out the rooms upstairs but all the doors were locked and i couldnt get them open, now i was thinking why would all the upstairs doors be locked and the front door be unlocked? I couldnt get in any of the rooms to investigate so I started back downstairs, when i got there the front door was wide open now I distinctivly remember closing that door when i went in. I walked all around the downstairs agian to see if anybody came in while i was upstairs but nobody was there and i would have seen them if they had came upstairs, all the upstairs doors were shut and i couldnt get in when i left the front door was open its like someone or something was there and wanted me OUT! Thats my experience at the Avenel, I have never seen lights or a lady in white like all these other stories and i have drove by there many of nights looking but there is something there. if your truly looking to experience something at the Avenel go there at night and let me say that was my first time going by myself so go ALONE!

Me says:

September 9, 2009, 9:58 am

it is haunted

Loraina Lee says:

September 9, 2009, 11:06 am

One day last year, my friend and I deceided to stop by there and take a pic. of the address sign.He got out of the car and I stayed in with car running. When he went to take the pic, a huge black shadow appeared shadowing the address sign. But he did get the pic of that shadow and sign.It wasn’t his shadow, it was very creepy.We both saw it. I HAD A DR’S appointment so we went on to that. When we was ready to leave there… our car battery was DEAD!That was a brand new battery!.We know what ever that shadow was that it took energy from our battery. After that experience, we started having very bad experiences at our own home. And they became so bad that we had to move the first of this year. Maybe that evilness came back with us. All i know is what we saw and what happened and it left it’s affect.I say there’s more then just The Lady in White. I can’t believe the doors are left open late at night as it BELONGS TO ..VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR TRAILS and is HISTRORICAL!! My ancester..Gen. Robert E.Lee even stayed there. I do believe something is there or was. I, myself ,as we had been there several times have saw nor felt nothing until that one time of the shadow!My daughter’s husband worked there repairing and she said there was something there as she had helped him. As for me,I’d like to see something besides an black evil shadow type thing.

curious gorge says:

October 15, 2009, 1:55 pm

does anyone know who currently own this place?

Matt says:

October 31, 2009, 1:46 pm

I was delivering tables,chairs,and such for a wedding yesterday to this house.I jokingly asked if the people had seen the ghost today?One of the people told me not yet.My co-worker was in the kitchen setting some glasses down when.From out side I heard a big crash I thought to my self oh great he just dropped the glasses.I walked into the dinning room,he was still in the kitchen and a silver plate was rolling around on the floor.there was nobody in the dinning room but me and that was after the plate had fallen.

Noah, Jesse,and Dan says:

November 25, 2009, 3:54 am

Okay so the three of us was coming home around 1:30 and we decided to ride down avenel. when jesse saw something flash on the poarch. as we continued to drive we all saw something in the in the middle window. drove around to the side that is facing peaks street and saw a bright blueish light on the bottom floor and the whole room on the top right room and jesse and dan saw something standing in the window then when we came back thru it was gone because u could see out of the room into the hallway. weird but its been around the sametie as all the other spottings so. we should get a ghost flim crew to come up here and work on avenel.

Thelma and Louise says:

January 10, 2010, 8:10 pm

Dan, Noah, and Jesse. We think ya’ll are FOS!! We’ve heard that story told 10 different ways and don’t believe it for a minute!

Cassie and Mikaela says:

January 27, 2010, 3:09 pm

hi we are reschering on the Bedford Middle School of VA Ghost and cant find anything could you all help us find out about this Ghost?!?

Sky says:

January 28, 2010, 5:36 pm

I am a 12 year old girl and my grandma and mom have told me stories of avanel….just to see if there really was a white lady i asked one day if we could drive by.being as we were in town alredy. we drove by and stopped right in front of the old house. i dont know what it was. Maybe a light or a reflection but i know that i saw a woman in the upstairs window looking down on our car.Then it turned into a white orb and was gone. when i told my grandma and mom of this they told me that they to had seen the white woman before but they had not seen my encounter that day. To this day every time we are in bedford i ask if we can drive by that old house. I think that the white lady is there and she is watching those who drive by or those who come in her house and she wants help or she wants out.When we drove by that day i got this feeling like a sad or lonley feeling.

I have read the stories of people who say that seeing ghosts is your imagination or that ghosts arnt real but i ask you this if one day a long time from now you see a ghost. Will you still say they arnt real? people should open thier minds to these things belive that even though they havnt seen anything its still thier. Because even the quietest houses hold some kind of mystery and even though you havnt seen anything there are still things lurking in the dark!

Nikki says:

April 15, 2010, 1:48 pm

Loraine, I am also related to Robert E. Lee. Please email me when you read this, because im am very interested in findingout how your relaed to him. He is my Great “”””” grandfather. My email is Hope to hear from you !!

pj says:

September 15, 2010, 12:21 am

I live very close 2 bedford but im a sceptic on the “haunted” theory and id like 2 see it… some1 that lives close-by and has been there (and seen something paranormal) please email me…

JB says:

December 16, 2010, 4:36 pm

All of you need to grow up. If you are old enough to post online, then you are too old to believe in ghosts. Im tired of backwoods paranormal junkies making a mockery of historical places. I have been to Avenel and have news for you….NOT HAUNTED!!

Cheyenne Layne says:

January 25, 2011, 2:48 pm

Me and my sister went there the other day and it was at night and we were just about to leave when we saw a women in a white dress standing on the bottom window. So we started walking around the house and there was a light on n one of the rooms and we looked in there and it turned off!!!

Taylor Thorn says:

April 16, 2011, 4:03 pm

I lived a few houses down from that house for 10 years and never saw anything suspicious.

Jo says:

April 27, 2011, 10:12 pm

to ina, the women in white dresses are always referred to as women in white. mainly, they are ghosts of women who find out their husband is cheating and so as a result, kill their kids. then afer realizing what they ad done, kill themselves in some sort of way

Former caretaker of Avenel says:

October 26, 2011, 4:57 pm

I have greatly enjoyed some of the “accounts” that have been shared about the Avenel House! As a former caretaker of the house, I have been there both accompanied and alone many times. It is my belief that a lovely young woman does frequent the house and grounds, however, I have never had the opportunity to meet her myself. Please be aware that many of the stories shared in past comments, although creative, do not match historical information or the actual layout of the house. If you are lucky enough to visit Avenel, be sure to appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship of the home and take the time to speak with someone who can share the accurate history of the home. The truth is much more interesting than fabricated stories!

kenzie says:

January 24, 2012, 5:48 pm

Ok i went there with some of my friends . We where walking around the htouse taking pictures . when we got back home on of the ladyâ??s was going through the pictures and shes like omg whats that in the window i looked im like omg its the lady â??Latti Burwellâ? that people say she haunts the house it is a woman with black hair standing in the window. She has colonial times clothes on . We went back there a couple months later to see if we saw anything paranormal .People say she has a cat and a dog me and a friend where walking around the house and where on the porch and we heard a cat meowing he put his ear up to the door and he was like omg its coming from inside but we didnt see anything .I was walking around the yard when something scratched my leg i looked behind me and no sticks or nothing was there i kept walking now it was starting to play with my legs !!! Then it stopped i have heard more stories of this paranormal activity i think its great place to be if u have an amazon acount look up the documentary of the avenel place bedford va it has the history on the house and a few creepy paranormal stories that have happend there

A seventh grader at BMS says:

August 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

I go to Bedford Middle School and pass Avenel every day on my bus. My friend told me about how Avenel was haunted by a lady in white. She told me the legend that she had heard about it, saying that the Lady’s husband left to fight in the civil war, and how he never returned. She said that the Lady died from some sort of sickness while waiting for him to return, and she still does wait.
I kind of believe in ghosts, but so far the only thing I have seen at Avenel is something white in the top window. I don’t know if it was a trick of the light, or if something really is there. I’d love to find out.

Phil says:

September 13, 2014, 11:57 am

We were surprised to read that Bedford is one of the most haunted places in the UK, at least regarding its pubs. We have more detail here:

Mary F. Butler says:

September 24, 2014, 9:37 am

Back in Sept. or Oct. of last year (2013) i was looking at Avenel as a wedding venue. My fiance was unable to go to the appointment to look at the house sooo i took lots of pictures. Up stairs in the room that the groom and groomsmen use to get dressed was the room that Robert E. Lee stayed in when he visited Avenel. As you go in the room and look to the left theres a dresser/washstand with a mirror if u look to the right the bed night stand i think a chair and like a small closet door are on that wall. NO windows. I took pics of it all. My sister pointed out in the pic of the mirror on the dresser that there was a civil war officer standing BEHIND me in the picture towards my left. we compared it to a pic that i took of the fireplace that has a pic/painting of general lee above it. the image that was in the mirror was the same man in the painting/pic above the fireplace except the image in the mirror looked very angry. we could clearly see his white beard and gray uniform and even the whites of his eyes! They were very chilling. we ended up having our wedding elsewhere for other reasons BUT i still get chills remebering that picture that i have unfortunately deleted the pictures because it freaked me the hell out. But in hind sight it was still a very intersting experience. i emailed it to the events coordinator. I dont know if ahe kept it or not. I dont look for ghosts but have heard of the ghosts of avenel since i moved to bedford 21 years ago and apparently took a picture of one in a mirror. I will say avenel is GORGEOUS inside. a friend of mine was married there may 2013 & it was beautiful.

marie tasker says:

August 26, 2015, 2:29 pm

i took my sonto the avenel house we took pics seen a lil girl trim the christmad tree an a lil boy who eyes showed up red an an old woman in white an a man who looked like general lee…marie

Ciaara says:

October 17, 2015, 1:39 pm

My brother and I went to a Civil War re-enactment in Bedford in 2004 and went to the afternoon activities at Avenel. As I ascended the stairs to the bedrooms I was tripped (by the ghost) and ended up with a miserable sprained ankle. There was nothing on the stairs to trip me. I was going very slow and taking in the beauty of the house when it felt like someone tripped me. I later read reports of the ghost doing these type things for fun or revenge. It was difficult to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. I think the ghost had more fun than I did!

Zumi says:

June 15, 2016, 4:57 pm

The whole place has a smell of lemon cake that make me so sad and no one see me!

George says:

June 28, 2016, 4:50 pm

Zumi? Can you answer me?

Zumi says:

July 7, 2016, 12:14 pm

A group here last night taking pictures. I asked to be in some but they ignored me so I stood against the side in the background for 1, left cake by side door

Zumi says:

July 15, 2016, 3:53 pm

so hungry it hurts and no food but smells like food coming from light.

Zumi says:

July 27, 2016, 4:23 pm

opi bring me food and keep gray men away but he have sores all over and smell so bad

Jennifer says:

June 2, 2017, 7:57 pm

Fannie Burwell Breckinridge 1839-1861. Her parents built the house.She married James before the war and died, he was killed in 1865.She was my son’s 4th great aunt.Every generation of descendants of this family has been touched by tragedy.Looking forward to traveling back to Virginia again, and visiting this town. Maybe she will talk to me!

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