Sunday, March 15, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away

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I had planned on going to the Civil War re-enactment this weekend at the Endview Plantation, but as luck would have it, it has rained all weekend.  I called to see if it was going to be re-scheduled and was told no that they only do it once a year. I was really disappointed.  Instead of going there my daughter and I headed out to Virginia Beach. I had not seen my mom in awhile and also wanted to get together with my son. He is heading back to San Diego on a job. Lucky for us as we were heading to my mom’s the rain gave way to a few minutes of clear sky so we stopped by the Ferry Plantation house to take some outside photos.


You might remember that I was there two weeks ago for the “Spirit tour”. We didn’t think the house was open, but walked around the front to get a few photos and as we did my daughter peeked in the window. We were talking about how we didn’t think the wind was what was making the nose we heard the night we were there. (You might remember we head taps on the glass upstairs) Rebecca shook the shudder a bit and Just as she looked in the window my grandson walked up behind her and his reflection in the glass startled her. She then picked him up to take a peek inside and as she did a face stared back at her. It was the director of the house, who was probably just as frightened. She (the director) came to the door, and we reminded her that we had been on the tour a few weeks ago. We stepped into the hall for a few minutes to chat. I wanted to know more about a couple of things that had been mentioned on the original tour. The first being the hanging tree out back. 


In documents from the House they know that three slaves were hanged from it. The tree was struck by lightning at one point and I couldn’t help but wonder if the top branches that were struck are the ones that the hanging took place on or if it could be some of these that are remaining.


I don’t recall being told what year the hangings took place but know it was at lest as far back as the mid 1800’s. I was told however that a psychic has visited the tree and felt as if the bodies were thrown to this side of the tree. Which is the back of the tree if your walking from the house towards it.


I have to admit I felt a bit creepy walking around the tree. It wasn’t just from the thoughts of men hanging from the tree it was from knowing that I was walking on a scared Indian burial ground.

Yes a burial ground. That is the other thing I was dying to know more about. I had heard there was one somewhere on the property. As it turns out it was a large area of the back grounds.  I am not sure how it was discovered but was told that almost immediately after it was that the owners put in this to keep the curious away.


Those are tennis courts and all of this grass area still has remains in it and also all around and under the courts. A one point some Native Americans visited. They left in a hurry saying they would never come back and said something about how the bodies could not rest because sacred things had been stolen and needed to be returned. Of course no one has any way of finding out what these “things” are.

I also saw the tree that was planted by Sally Rebecca Walke. Records indicate that  this Southern Magnolia was planted in April 1863 in memory of her fiancé who died during the Civil War  Measured at 131 inches circumference, and 75 ft. tall, in 2001.


The house also has a working well with an old pump that still works


Also if you look closely out back you can see the original road that ran out behind the house. (The front of the home was near the river)


I was really glad to get a chance to learn more of the history of the home and not just the “haunted” side. As much as I love the paranormal I have to admit I am glad I don’t live near the home. I was told yesterday that some of the guest of the people who own the homes that were built on the plantation land had been by the house talking about dreams of men hanging in the trees and Indians cutting down the bodies and taking them away. Vivid dreams, but then again look how close the houses are.



Just to clarify things you should know that The Ferry Plantation house sits in the middle of a neighborhood in a cul de sac (court). Several Houses are on all four sides of Ferry Plantation home. These houses sit on what was once the land of the Plantation house.

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Blogger George said...

This is a very interesting post. I love history and am always fascinated by places like this.

March 16, 2009 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

It's great that the director was there and that you got the chance to talk to her again and learn more about the house and the hanging tree. I think I would have been a bit nervous, too - especially with the history behind all of it. Thanks for sharing it with us!

March 16, 2009 at 6:46 PM  

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