Carter's Grove Plantation

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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
Williamsburg, VA
United States

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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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  1. I was alone in the home doing a termite inspection.. just before it sold last year… I heard what appeared to be a young kid playing w a dog. And heard a dog running on the hardwood floors.. upstairs…. I immediately ran outside scared to death, as I had the only key to get in and the home was vacant…..I took pictures in every window….. later after looking and blowing them up, sure enough there’s a ghost dog in the window looking out at me,,,,bi left immediatly!!!!!

    I have the pic but on my phone email me back and I’ll share it via email,

    Brandon ivey

  2. I use to live on the propert from 2008-2014. I’ve seen Mrs. Burwell with my own two eyes. I can still picture it to this day, a very elegant dress I could see all the little details on the dress. We had pictures of the mansion on the outside and faces were in it, specifically a Native American type face, so possibly the Indians that lived there before the massacre. I’ve had a conversation with the wife Mrs. Burwell on Facebook through a random chat bar from one of my friends (yes sounds fake as im still in disbelief from it. I still remember the conversation. Had many ghost investigations while
    I lived there. Great learning experience of the paranormal.

  3. Took my daughter to Carter’s Grove when it was open to the public (not long before they made it private). The place had a strange vibe to it & I discovered that my daughter was/is (what is deemed) a sensitive (she was elementary age & is now in College). She refused to enter one of the Slave houses on the property saying ‘the scary black man is growling at me’, suffice to say we didn’t stick around for the rest of the tour she was that freaked out.
    There’s an old road (no longer accessible) that leads from the property into Colonial Williamsburg. It was literally one lane, dirt, with an old crickety bridge and was very disconcerting. I had the impression that horrible things happened. I only drove it 2 times out of curiosity.

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