Rotherwood Mansion

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This mansion built in 1818 by the Reverend Frederick A. Ross is said to be the home of a ghostly Lady in White. So the legend says, she is Ross’s daughter Rowena, and she is looking for her love who was drowned in nearby Holston River. It is said that after several more tragedies, the hopeless Rowena walked out into the river and drowned herself, and her spirit has lingered here ever since. Another ghost who is said to walk here is Joshua Phipps, the second owner of the house, known in life to be a cruel man. His evil laugh has been reported to ring throughout the mansion.

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    Geographic Information

    Netherland Inn Road
    Kingsport, TN
    United States

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    36.54846436891332, -82.61468571407022
    Hawkins County, Tennessee
    Nearest Towns:
    Mount Carmel, TN (2.6 mi.)
    Kingsport, TN (2.9 mi.)
    Church Hill, TN (5.8 mi.)
    Weber City, VA (5.9 mi.)
    Gate City, VA (6.5 mi.)
    Bloomingdale, TN (7.4 mi.)
    Colonial Heights, TN (7.6 mi.)
    Fall Branch, TN (9.0 mi.)
    Clinchport, VA (11.4 mi.)
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    1. The owner is a close relative. Like many other family members, I have spent many happy days and nights during the past quarter-century in both the mansion and the guest house, including wandering the grounds at all hours of the night. None of us have ever had the slightest supernatural experience of any kind there. No lady in white, no hound of hell, no moans, no bloodstains, no mysterious sights or sounds of any kind. What a bunch of crackpot nonsense some silly people are willing to believe while denying obvious scientific truths!

    2. Hi Henry,
      I’m visiting my family the middle of October from Arizona and my sisters and I love to pick a spot to go for a hike. Would it be ok with your relative who owns this home if we hiked around the property. I don’t believe in ghosts but I would like to visit this house. It looks lonely. Please let me know as soon as possible as the middle of October is coming up quickly. Thank you.

    3. I know that the Rotherwood Mansion is haunted! I grew up as a little girl in Kingsport TN. In my earliest memories I can remember driving by the house and feeling a force beyond my own realm telling me there was a story to tell. I grew into a woman with a gift. I can feel changes in father realms of existence and possible outcomes due to the multiverse, I am what some call a Empath.

      My father worked with a construction company in the late 90’s that was doing some construction on the property when two of the men working with my father on the job site was so terrified at a ghostly woman in the yard that they ran across the South Fork Holston River just to get away from the house.
      My dad is a major skeptic but to witness the men that would normally laugh and be macho, be ghost white and across the river opened his eyes to the truth.

      My father brought home a brick from the building on his way home from the job site, The petrified brick carried it’s very own evil and made the house cold and unwelcome. He later took it out of our home and it remains only a story.

      With further studies of the property and it’s dark history you learn how it came to be so sinister.

    4. Hello, my great-grandmother, Victoria Phipps, worked for this family. And there are so my other families in and around the area that have connections through slavery. I was wondering if I could come and look on the grounds and to see if there is any slave information for you to share. If so, please contact me at the following email address. Anything you have to share with my family would be wonderful. Thank you, Tacia Green

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