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October 2018: Unexplained Virginia is extremely happy to announce the opening of Unexplained Virginia: Research and Development Center! This has been a process for the past 2 years getting situated inside the old Redvyn Asylum, but we've now converted a lot of the facilities to accomodate our research. We're inviting groups out every weekend in October to see our findings. We're located at 13580 Ashland Rd, Ashland, VA 23005. Because of the unfortunate incident 2 years ago, and the loss of Professor Cross, we've upped security, so there will be a process before you enter the facility. It's for your safety, so we hope you understand.
A little background on Redvyn Asylum...
In 1868, a mysterious proprietor opened Redvyn Asylum, one of the first mental hospitals in Virginia. Built in Hanover County, it was situated close to the ruins of a reform school named Providence, which was founded by the late Emily Redvyn, who in 1795 was accused and executed for practicing witchcraft. Under the care of the physician Dr. Caine, only a select number of patients were admitted to the asylum and operations were extremely private. Redvyn Asylum closed in 1871 as suddenly as it opened, leaving very few medical or historical records. Stories of the creepy Dr. Caine spread through the area and children would scare each other with nursery rhymes about Dr. Caine, aka Dr. Insane.
There once was a doctor named Caine.
Who loved to cause kids great pain.
He'd take them out of bed
And cut open their head.
Now he's called Dr. Insane.
Providence was rebuilt and reopened in 1931, and it was rumored the asylum continued operations soon after. In 1946, a man was arrested by police when they discovered him stealing body parts from local graves and hauling them back to the supposedly abandoned asylum. In the chaos that followed, a fire broke out and destroyed most of Providence, with residents either succumbing to the blaze or disappearing without a trace. The asylum sustained minimal damage, but was boarded up. In the early 1980’s, Father Joseph Meddle discovered some of the grave robber’s written documents in which the man made claims of being a descendant of “The One” and preparing for "her return". His fate is unknown. Father Meddle’s research included many voice recordings and documents on Emily and Thomas Redvyn, as well as Providence and Redvyn Asylum. Father Meddle was also credited for transcribing Thomas Redvyn's diary, which Unexplained Virginia posted online in 2017, with the hope that it would shed more light on the demonic history in the area.
October 2017: Our electronics have flickered on again. Halloween... the night of Samhain approaches. We took down the barricade and found a dinner invitation placed outside our door. It was signed in blood by Emily Redvyn. The truth will be found inside the ruins of Providence. Emily's house.
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September 2017: There's seemingly no escape. And we have no idea if these updates will be posted, as we're trapped inside the asylum. All our electronics have ceased to work. We don't know the actual date or time anymore. Doors open to seemingly no where. Daylight never breaks. We're hearing constant slams and banging coming from inside the walls. And cries from our dead friends. Bait. That's all they are now. Sometimes when we pass out from exhaustion we're awaken by the smells. Rotting flesh and sulfur. We're not sure how much longer we can keep this up.
Pictures taken from inside Redvyn Asylum
August 2017: The surviving members of Unexplained Virginia are writing these updates from inside the building of what used to be Redvyn Asylum in Hanover. That name... Redvyn.... makes much more sense to us now. The stories of Emily Redvyn and her "home for wayward children" are all true. She was, it would seem, a witch, or had a sort of power not quite from this world. Last October we released something that was buried long ago. Something that should've stayed buried. But we must continue our research and find a way to close whatever paranormal gateway we opened. We owe it to our fallen co-workers and friends. Our latest discovery could hold some of those answers. We've uncovered a manuscript or journal of some sort. It could even be called a diary. Seems Emily was not originally from Virginia. In fact, almost 100 year before building her home, she lived in Massachusetts with her husband Thomas Redvyn. What caused her to disappear and reemerge in Virginia? What happened to Thomas? We'll be transcribing these entries throughout the next few weeks, hoping to gleam some new answers. Please visit our page dedicated solely to the diary of Thomas Redvyn…
November 2016: Unexplained Virginia would like to extend it's heartfelt condolences to everyone lost in the tragic accident which happened last month at our dig site. We'll update this website once we fully understand what went wrong...
October 2016: Unexplained Virginia invites everyone out to Hanover Vegetable Farm for a few nights in October to experience a REAL paranormal investigation into the legendary Providence Home for Wayward Children and it's founder Emily Redvyn. She's the famous witch that was executed back in 1795. Hanover Vegetable Farm is located at 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland, VA 23005. We can only take small groups at a time, so it's first come, first serve. We can't wait for you to see what we've discovered! We'll be conducting the tours on the following nights...
WE APOLOGIZE, BUT ALL TOUR DATES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. WE'LL POST AN UPDATE SOON.
September 2016: Unexplained Virginia has come across a fascinating story out of Hanover, Virginia. There's an old witch legend that dates back to the late 1700's. Apparently the founder of a home for children was accused of witchcraft and executed by some of the settlers in the area. We've known about the area's haunted forests, the amazing story of an abandoned asylum, mysterious deaths, serial killers, etc, but this is the first time there has been potential actual proof of a cause of some of these disturbances. We've narrowed the original location of the now-destroyed facility, along with the supposed execution spot, to some farmland off Ashland Road. We'll have more information as it's discovered. This is a very exciting time to be following our research!
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July 2015: Unexplained Virginia was thrilled to have volunteers help us with our experiments involving the paranormal. This took place at the DoubleTree Hotel at Scares That Care Weekend. We've been on the hunt for answers to all the mysterious urban legends around Virginia, and we're very close to having our first big break! Thanks everyone for joining us and we'll be sure to update our findings soon. Please keep visiting this website or our Facebook page as we continue to bring you the best in all things strange and unusual in the Commonwealth.
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