January 21, 2010

Local History

Just a few miles from where is I live is the beautiful Lee Hall Mansion.Built between 1851 and 1859, Lee Hall Mansion was home to affluent planter Richard Decauter Lee. One of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula. Just three years after it was built the family had to abandon the home as the Peninsula became one of the first battlegrounds of the Civil War. Used briefly as the Confederate headquarters of Major General John B. Magruder and General Joseph E. Johnston a small skirmish was fought on the property. As far as we know there were no reports of anyone dying during this battle. What then has caused the rumors of haunting in the old house?  The policy is to not talk about any ghost, but I was told by a guide that voices are heard, singing, and a man talking in the house when they were there alone.  I  have personally witnessed a door opening on its own, and also know for a fact that there are reports of the town-homes next door having had strange occurances. They sit on what was once part of the plantation property. As far as I know no one has done a paranormal investigation in the house. I have made several trips there now and have never captured anything on film. Nor have I tried any EVP recordings. It is howver a beautiful place to visit and full of history.

Main House

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Blogger Bethie said...

I have got to go visit. I live all of four miles from it!!

1/22/10, 7:00 AM  
Blogger Three under Three said...

Love your blog! I live in Newport News, and love Ghost stories, etc. I have been to Old House Woods, and driven down Crawford Road, but no ghost experiences myself. I keep hoping though!

1/22/10, 7:03 AM  
Blogger Corker2 said...

That's a nice looking old Home. Thanks for the History behind it. Would not mind taking a Tour of it myself, and see what used to be a long time ago.

1/22/10, 8:38 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Wish I lived close, I'd definitely be there to check it out - I love historic homes!

1/22/10, 5:43 PM  
Blogger Above the Norm said...

Love the old homes with lots of interesting history. I would love to take a tour of the place.

1/24/10, 1:40 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

That would be a tour I would love.

1/31/10, 3:20 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Oh wow, it's beautiful! What great history. I would love to visit.

1/31/10, 4:50 PM  
Blogger Courtney Mroch said...

What a BEAUTIFUL building! I love buildings like these. And I love when they open them up for tours. It's interesting how many historic sites are still hush-hush about ghosts though. Some people light up and talk like crazy if you ask the guides if there's any stories. Then other times...YIKES! They turn as cold as the coldest cold spot! hehehe Nice post, Patty. And beautiful pics!

2/9/10, 10:42 AM  
Blogger Jessica Penot said...

Great Pictures! What a beautiful old house.

2/16/10, 10:40 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

Looks like alot of fun! I love this stuff! I just moved to florida about a month ago and I'm looking forward to discovering some new haunted places.

3/5/10, 7:42 AM  

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