Boxwood Inn

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Built as a 21-room private home in 1896, this inn is believed to be haunted by the helpful spirit of Nannie Curtis, wife of the home’s original owner. She apparently likes the current owners who saved the building from demolishment and restored it to its original elegance. When the new owner broke a fingernail and said out loud that she needed an emery board, the ghost provided one right away — sitting in plain sight, a new, clean nail file in a house thick with dust. The owner jokingly told the ghost, “Thank you. Now I’d like $100!” Shortly after that, she felt something stuck to her shoe and retrieved a gold tooth, which she sold to a pawnshop for $100. Nannie is said to be a happy ghost that bathes the inn in a perpetual good spirit. No pun intended!

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10 Elmhurst St
Newport News, VA 23603
United States

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37.193607, -76.571913
Nearest Towns:
Yorktown, VA (4.6 mi.)
Gloucester Point, VA (5.9 mi.)
Williamsburg, VA (9.2 mi.)
Rushmere, VA (10.5 mi.)
York Haven Anchorage, VA (10.9 mi.)
Scotland, VA (11.8 mi.)
Poquoson, VA (13.4 mi.)
Smithfield, VA (15.0 mi.)
Surry, VA (15.0 mi.)
Gloucester Courthouse, VA (15.1 mi.)

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  1. I recently read about the Boxwood Inn. According to the article (, people still see the ghost of the wife of the man who built the house in 1897. Her name was Nannie Curtis.

    Guests at the Inn report hearing knocking early in the morning before anyone wakes up. They believe the ghost is Nannie waking up everyone for work. Nannie used to help out at the Inn’s general store which opened at 6 am.

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