The circa-1735 Haw Branch Plantation, first settled by Colonel Thomas Tabb and wife Rebecca Booker, is the site of many strange occurrences such as footsteps, nighttime sounds of heavy objects falling, and an unexplained rose perfume scent. A loud scream regularly comes from the attic, at about 6-month intervals, and a portrait of distant relative Florence Wright seems to have paranormal qualities. It was given to the family and was hung in the library over the fireplace, although it was so dusty with age from being in storage that its former pastels looked like charcoal. After it was hung, ghostly female voices began to be heard in the library often, and the colors on the portrait became gradually brighter until it regained its full color. A psychic was consulted and concluded that the spirit occupied the portrait and changes its color based on whether she likes the place where it is stored. The plantation is also said to be haunted by apparitions of great-grandmother Harriet Mason, a man who walks out of the barn with a lantern, another man in riding boots who cries “Help me,” and yet another man, a skinny one with a limp.
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- Off Haw Branch Ln
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- 37.41061356908484, -78.02023735641342
- Amelia County, Virginia
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