Carter’s Grove Plantation is private property now and no trespassing is permited. It was built in 1755 for Carter Burwell, grandson of Robert “King” Carter on the site of Martin’s Hundred, a tract first settled by English colonists around 1620. The settlement was eradicated in the Indian Massacre of 1622. An apparition of a slave in ragged clothing has been seen walking on the grounds, thought to be Jim, who walked 8 miles here to see his family every week, then died broken-hearted to one day learn they had been sold. Another legend explains the mysterious way flower pieces are found on the floor near bouquets placed in the refusal room. So the story goes, both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington proposed marriage here and were turned down. Apparently one of the ladies regrets her refusal and tears up flowers left in the room, especially white carnations. Witnesses also say footsteps and a phantom harp can be heard.
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- Carter's Grove
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- 37.207005727162546, -76.62479352944501
- James City County, Virginia
- Nearest Towns:
- Williamsburg, VA (6.3 mi.)
Yorktown, VA (6.7 mi.)
Gloucester Point, VA (7.7 mi.)
Scotland, VA (9.0 mi.)
Rushmere, VA (10.1 mi.)
Surry, VA (12.5 mi.)
York Haven Anchorage, VA (14.0 mi.)
Gloucester Courthouse, VA (15.0 mi.)
Smithfield, VA (15.5 mi.)
Poquoson, VA (16.4 mi.)
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