Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Ghost of Lizzy Rowland - Edgewood Plantation - Charles City, Virginia

The American Civil War left very few areas of the Southern United States untouched by tragedy, loss and drama.  The Edgewood Plantation in Charles City, Virginia is no exception.  The third floor of the plantation house served as a lookout for the Confederate Army as it offered a great view of the area. It is rumored that the plantation may have served as a makeshift hospital during the war.  The lush gardens and landscape on the outside served as perfect cover for the devastation inside as wounded and dying soldiers occupied some of the rooms.  Some were lucky enough to leave, some were not. The grist mill on the property was used to grind grain to feed the soldiers encamped in the area.  

The Edgewood Plantation in Charles City, Virginia is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lizzy Rowland who wainted in vain for her lover during the Civil War.

One soul who resided at the Edgewood Plantation was a woman named Elizabeth "Lizzy" Rowland as her family owned it.   As many women of the day endured, Lizzy's lover went off to fight in the war.  She would stand by the windows in the upper floors watching for his return so that she may be reunited with him again.  Unfortunately for Lizzy, her waiting was in vain as her love never returned.  Devastated, she spent her final days at Edgewood, lonely and some say still hopefully waiting for her man to return from the war.  She passed away when she was 47, most likely warn down by her grief.

Some who have stayed at the Bed and Breakfast have reported seeing and hearing soldiers dressed in Confederate uniforms wandering aimlessly throughout the building.  Mostly likely spirits of the soldiers who died there when it served as a military hospital. Most of the paranormal sightings however, have been of a woman wandering the corridors of the plantation. It is believed that this is the ghost of Lizzy Rowland. Many travelers passing by the Edgewood Plantation over the years, say they have seen the image of a young woman in Civil War era clothing peering out a window of the upper floors.  It is thought that this is the ghost of Lizzy Rowland, still waiting for her lover in death as she did in life.  At some point during Lizzy's vigil, she carved her name into one of the window panes on the upper floor which can still be seen to this day.

Lizzy Rowland's name can still be seen etched into the window pane of an upstairs window of the Edwood Bed & Breakfast.  Photo:

Edgewood Bed & Breakfast
4800 John Tyler Memorial Highway
Charles City, VA 23030

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