1690 – Thomas Redvyn and his wife Emily traveled to North America in the late seventeenth century from Europe, having met and married 2 years prior. Thomas came from a wealthy family in England (Lord Redvyn family), while Emily had claimed to be Irish-born and poor. They first settled in Massachusetts and joined a Puritan community to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. Since the Redvyn family had money, Thomas and Emily fit right in with the leadership circle of the community.
1691 – Two families reported missing children, aged 5 and 6. Late one night, Thomas saw Emily carrying the Allan family newborn baby inside their barn. After a confrontation, Emily was able to convince Thomas that she possessed powers and abilities beyond his wildest dreams. Knowing he had no choice, Thomas reluctantly went along with Emily’s plan and for the time being was able to keep her secret. A month-long investigation by community leaders on the missing children led them to discover the bloody blanket of a child in Thomas and Emily’s barn.
1692 – That February, Emily Redvyn was officially accused of kidnapping and murder. By the time the townsfolk arrived at the Redvyn residence to place her under arrest, both Thomas and Emily had already escaped.
The Redvyn name popped up again in Virginia many years later….
1781 – In the late 1700’s, a small facility named Providence Home for Wayward Children was founded in the area now known as Hanover County. The founder’s name was Emily Redvyn. No one at the time knew of the Redvyn name or it’s history in Massachusetts, and Emily was described as young and vibrant. Providence was known to accept children who were abandoned, those with mental and physical handicaps, addictions, or just needing guidance.
1795 – Reports of missing children began to spread throughout the settlements in the area. Emily Redvyn was eventually arrested and sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft. The townsfolk first tried drowning her in a nearby lake without much success. She was then hanged from a tree. When a pulse was still found on her body, she was set on fire, decapitated, and disemboweled. Her remains were buried under the tree in which she hung.
As the townsfolk ransacked her residence and went through her possessions, they found a book of spells. A local preacher, using what knowledge he gained from the book, was able to trap Emily’s soul from possessing any person or creature, forever encapsulating her in the void. Witches at the time were known to possess rabbits, not black cats, so all rabbits in the area were hunted and slaughtered, with their remains hung from Emily’s tree. It’s said the field where Emily’s body was buried was covered in red for days following her execution.
Several years passed…
1868 – The mysterious Doctor Kaerf opened one of the first mental hospitals in Virginia called Redvyn Asylum. It was built in Hanover County near the old Providence location. Very few patients were local residents and operations were extremely private. The hospital closed 3 years later as suddenly as it opened.
1931 – Providence House reopened as a reform school operating under a new head mistress and her family. They adorned the home with pictures of Emily, Thomas, and blocked off certain sections of the property known as “Emily’s Quarters”, which is assumed to be part of the original Providence. The majority of the home was destroyed in a Christmas fire 15 years later with most residents perishing, though some members of the family disappeared without a trace.
1949 – A man was caught working out of the abandoned Redvyn Asylum building and arrested for stealing body parts. Later found to be a former resident doctor at Providence House, he claimed to be a descendant of “The One”. He died years later while locked away in an institution.
1969 – A religious sect dubbed The Order showed up in various public spots in counties throughout Virginia, shouting praise and worship to an entity they called “Red-Vein”.
1982 – The Butcher of Hanover terrorized the area for 3 years before he disappeared. It’s believed he lived in a cabin in the woods, but authorities were never able to confirm or locate his house.
2010 – A man in a bunny costume was spotted in both Hanover and Ashland. There’s no evidence this is the same Bunny Man legend from Northern Virginia, although that has been speculated.
2016 – A local scientific research organization, while investigating a new Richmond-based cult calling themselves The Order of Red Vein, stumbled upon the story of Emily Redvyn and began piecing together her malevolent history. Through their research, they discovered the location of the original Providence House, including Emily’s tree and her final resting place, at Hanover Vegetable Farm in Hanover County. That October, Unexplained Virginia gave historical tours of the area with the hope that they’d finally be able to tell the true history behind Emily Redvyn. Unfortunately, during one of the tours, many lost their lives under violent circumstances and the area was closed off to the public. In the scramble to save their research, the remaining team was believed to have moved everything into an abandoned building thought to be the old Redvyn Asylum.
2017 – No one has heard from Unexplained Virginia since Halloween night 2016, sans a few random posts from their social media page. In August, the team started updating their website with entries from Thomas Redvyn’s seemingly lost diary. And as October approaches, lights can be seen coming from the research center building…