Witches at Virginia Beach

By Kris M.

Witches at Virginia Beach

The most fascinating findings always seem to be discovered by just getting in my car and senselessly driving. I was in Virginia Beach lounging on the dirty sand with a bunch of tourists when I started to feel totally unfulfilled. This wasn't my idea of a road trip. I searched for ‘haunted locations near me’, probably the most generic ghost hunting inquiry. Then was when I found one of my most memorable explorations, the Ferry Plantation House. Who knew this tourist trap had such an abundant past? Sometimes you have to go off the beaten path to find the good stuff. You might be wondering what more could be beyond Virginia’s Beach’s constant buzz of human activity. I can assure you it’s rich with paranormal activity. 

Upon arrival, I felt like I was back in time. Almost everything had remained untouched. It was timeless. We knocked on the door of the Ferry Farmhouse and a very pleasant lady with a welcoming southern accent opened the door. She told us we came during off hours but would offer us a tour regardless. The living room was filled with late 1800s furniture. The floors creaked and the house still embodied its original smell. Best of all, a paranormal investigation was underway and I was invited to tag along! The paranormal investigator shared EVP recordings of spirits answering his his questions. I snapped a few photos on my DSLR and captured two large transparent blue orbs in the living room along with streaks of white light across the branches of one of the trees near the farmhouse. I took a piece of a branch home as a souvenir. Weird, I get it. Those photos are somewhere lost in terabytes of ancient footage. If they resurface, I will be sure to share! 

The land of the Ferry Plantation is said to inhabit 11 ghosts and they show no signs of leaving anytime soon. You may run into Henry the slave or a grieving Sally Rebecca distraught over the death of her lover. Perhaps, you'll witness the Lady in White falling to her death on the stairs or the victims from an 1810 shipwreck. Did you know witchcraft plagued this land, too? This included the infamous Sherwood Trial.

Grace White Sherwood, adored midwife, dutiful animal lover, skilled herbalist and ‘witch’ was accused by Elizabeth White of causing her miscarriage. As if these things weren’t so common back then, just blame the animal-loving plant lady! Grace was dragged to the Princess Anne courthouse, one of the many buildings residing on the plantation. There she was forced to prove she wasn’t a witch. The nearby Lynnhaven waterway was used and operated by the plantation for business but apparently was also used to prove or disprove your devotion to the devil. This was where she was thrown into the river. If she failed to sink, she would be found guilty of the crime. Grace bobbed to the surface and was immediately sentenced to many years in a now long gone timber courthouse that resided on the property. Grace White Sherwood’s notable reputation was destroyed and she became the very first witch of Virginia beach. Despite her death, many rumors lingered. Her sons reported placing her dying body in front of the fireplace. When she had passed, a forceful wind scurried down the chimney and filled the house with soot and smoke. After the smoke had clear, the sons could not locate their deceased mother's body. Instead, they noticed a hoof print in the ashes. This was said to be left by the devil himself coming to reclaim Grace as his own! 

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