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A Gilded Christmas of Olde at Avenel

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The second annual Gilded Christmas will again be held at historic Avenel, in the heart of the city of Bedford, Virginia, Saturday, December 9, 2017 between 6:00-8:30 pm .  This centerpiece of social, cultural and political life in Bedford, for over 150 years, is typically open by appointment only.

The stately mansion was constructed in 1838 by William M. Burwell and his wife, Frances Steptoe Burwell.  The Burwell family occupied the mansion until 1906, when it was purchased by J.W. Ballard.  The mansion remained in the Ballard family until 1985 when it was purchased by the Avenel Foundation.  The Avenal Foundation was formed to rescue, restore, preserve and protect this unique landmark.

During the Gilded Christmas event guests will step back in time and enjoy beautiful Avenel decorated for the holidays, as in the mid-1800’s.  Guests will enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres from the past and present, cocktails, entertainment and music.  Tickets are $40.00 per person.  They are available at the Bedford Welcome Center or online at www.lynchburgtickets.com.

For more information vist their website www.historicavenel.com