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Historic Avenel is an elegant historic wedding venue that combines Southern charm with the beauty of a plantation style house located in the downtown area of picturesque Bedford, Virginia. If you are wanting something sophisticated and unique, this venue is the perfect place to host your special day. Whether you're having an intimate ceremony or a grand reception, Historic Avenel can accommodate both.

Group Tours / Fundraisers


Simplify your planning and maximize your Bedford experience by visiting our knowledgeable tour guides at Historic Avenel. We help develop positive educational enrichment by encouraging the community to value the importance of historical landmarks and preserve its history. Tours are $10 per adult, 5$ for ages 5-14, and children under 5 are free.

Avenel has been the centerpiece of social, cultural, and political life for over 180 years. The Avenel Foundation, a non-profit organization, greatly appreciates your support by giving generous donations and hosting local fundraisers to help upkeep the restorations to the property. Avenel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. Contact us today if interested in scheduling a tour or a fundraiser.

Private Events


Consider hosting your next function or private gathering whether it is indoors within the plantation house or outdoors under a white tent to enjoy the fresh air. No matter the occasion, Historic Avenel is tailored for a wide variety of events from an intimate anniversary dinner to a small bridal or baby shower to a class reunion accommodating up to 300 guests.

Corporate Events


Looking to get out of the office or company conference room? Wanting to gather your colleagues for a corporate happy hour, team-building activity, or employee appreciation dinner? Historic Avenel offers exquisite gathering spaces where groups, large and small, can have interactive and memorable events.

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