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The ghost of Edgar Allen Poe appears at Avenel in Bedford VA

The ghost of Edgar Allen Poe appears at Avenel in Bedford VA

Last night, the Ghost of Edgar Allen Poe revised Historic Avenel in Bedford VA.  To retell some of his famous stories. We learned more about the life of Poe and his exploits. But more importantly we learned of Poe’s ties to Bedford VA. Historic Avenel was built by William M. Burwell a classmate of Mr. Poe’s at the University of Virginia. While it is known Gen Robert E. Lee visited and stayed in Avenel, it was suggested that Mr. Poe (a resident of Richmond, VA) also visited Historic Avenel in Bedford VA.

The Ghost of Poe was played by Mr. Glen Ayers, a retired English Literature teacher of Stanton River High School in Bedford County. He gave a very dramatic and impressive performance. From the stairs near the portico entrance of Historic Avenel, Mr Ayers told us the story Poe’s life. Weaving Avenel into the story and then proceeding to recite “The Raven” insinuating Lenora (a pseudonym for Poe’s first wife Virginia) is the ghost known as the “white lady” who haunts Avenel.

The well attended event was a fund raiser for Historic Avenel in Bedford VA, where many educational and historical events are held each year in addition to weddings and receptions.

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