Located in the heart of the city of Bedford, Avenel has been a centerpiece of social, cultural, and political life for over 150 years. Avenel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Avenel is open for tours by appointment, and also hosts special events open to the public on a regular basis. Please visit the Weddings & Events webpage to contact Avenel’s Caretaker or visit the Event Calendar.
From Roanoke take 460 East to downtown Bedford. At the first traffic light, turn left and go under the railroad brige and bear right up Bedford Avenue. Go two blocks to Avenel Avenue. Turn Left onto Avenel Avenue. The home is on the left.
From Lynchburg take 221 West to Bedford Middle School (corner of Longwood Avenue and Peaks of Otter) Turn right onto Peaks Street. Go one block and turn left onto Avenel Avenue. The home is on the right.
From Smith Mountain Lake take 122 North to West Main Street in Bedford. Turn left onto West Main Street, then right at the traffice light. Go under the railway bridge and bear right up Bedford Avenue. Go two blocks to Avenel Avenue. Turn Left onto Avenel Avenue. The home is on the left.
Bedford is a treasure trove of wonderful places to visit! Here are a few links to get you started:
Bedford Welcome Center: http://visitbedford.com/
Bedford Artisan Trail: http://www.artisanscenterofvirginia.org/artisan_trail_network/detail/bedford_county/
Big Otter Mill: http://www.bigottermill.com/
Bower Center for the Arts: http://www.bowercenter.org/
National DDay Memorial: http://www.dday.org/