Martha Washington Inn

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At this 1832 inn built by War of 1812 hero General Francis Preston as a home for his family of nine children, a ghostly young woman roams the place. She is reportedly looking for her lover. Also, witnesses say that no matter how many times the carpets are replaced, blood stains appear on them from wounded soldiers. Famous guests who have stayed here include Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, Lady Bird Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Elizabeth Taylor.

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150 W Main St
Abingdon, VA 24210
United States

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36.709514, -81.97534300000001
Washington County, Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Abingdon, VA (0.1 mi.)
Emory, VA (8.9 mi.)
Damascus, VA (11.8 mi.)
Glade Spring, VA (12.6 mi.)
Fairmount, TN (13.8 mi.)
Bristol, VA (14.2 mi.)
Bristol, TN (14.2 mi.)
Lebanon, VA (14.4 mi.)
Saltville, VA (16.7 mi.)
Chilhowie, VA (17.3 mi.)

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  1. Okay, so I was staying here with my parents and two friends. My friends and I were staying one room away from the “Haunted” room. We, of course, didn’t know this at the time or I would have switched rooms with my parents, who were a floor up. Later on that night, all three of us woke up to the sound of a violin playing beautifully, but loudly. We could tell it was coming from the other room but all three of us were too scared to go check it out. We told a lady that worked there about it the next day and she told us the story of a nurse that used to play to her lover/patient in that room until he died in the 1860’s from the wounds he’d gotten from the War. The woman that worked there then told us that we weren’t the first guests to complain about it.

  2. This place is indeed haunted! So often guests will report sounds or sights which fit perfectly with the stories and legends of the place, and nearly everyone who makes such reports has no prior knowledge of these tales. Reports include: the sound of a snare drum, a horse’s hooves, being touched and even kissed, seeing a disfigured soldier, a woman on the stairs, and hearing a faint voice calling your name. Also, one of the finest ghost pictures I have ever seen was taken here around 2011. Go and take a tour, or book a room. Even if the ghosts don’t interact with you, it’s quite a neat feeling to be in this one of a kind, ancient building which has had a front row seat to the birth of our nation and the near destruction of it less than a century later.

  3. I got to stay there last night, I had to come in very late and work on the network it was completely down. They offered me a free room but unfortunately I did not hear or see anything. I have never seen a ghost and not sure how I would react. Here is the room I stayed in was very very nice. This room is in the Garden Wing

    • I am also gifted with decerrnment of spirits. I can honestly confirm it is indeed true. i felt the presence of a male spirit while visiting the Martha Washington Inn accompanied with my youngest son Dylan Breeding & his friend Damion Scott. i have been gifted with the six sense since a teenager. They wanted me to go up stairs, but i felt the presence i told them the spirit was close by.

  4. Jeremy S Widener  |  

    About two years ago I took a trip here with some friends just to visit. I’ve lived in Abingdon my entire life and wanted to see this place for its paranormal activity. me and my friend went to a bathroom, it wasn’t too long afterwards that the stalls door next to me slamed shut. it wasnt me nor my friend who was in the stall, we looked around for another person in the bathroom with us and outside in the hall and there was noone to be found. id like to find out more about the past history of this amazing building let me know on my facebook page “jay widener” thank you.

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