The Roaring Twenties were a time of growth and changes in lifestyle and culture. Country clubs began sprouting up throughout the country, including Virginia Beach’s Princess Anne Country Club. Allegedly, the spirit of a beautiful bride haunts the country club’s halls and is usually preceded by the music of the ’20s. During a recent remodeling job, construction workers claimed they would hear clinking glasses and the arranging of silverware as if someone were setting the dining room for a meal.
The site on which the Ferry Plantation House was built dates back to the early 1600s. During the 1830s, the house functioned as the starting point for a ferry service that transported passengers to and from the Lynnhaven River. Since then, it has been everything from a school and post office to a courthouse and museum. It was here where trials took place for Native Americans and early English settlers accused of dabbling in devil worship and practicing witchcraft. During a time when the house was abandoned and boarded up, neighbors reported the sound of heavy chains dragging, doors loudly banging, and piercing cries from a Sycamore tree.
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Virginia Beach locals warn motorists to never stop on Elbow Road, or you might encounter an old lady, Mrs. Woble, who lived in a house along one of the sharp, curvy bends of the road and was brutally murdered (although her body was never found). According to the author of Weird Virginia, police searched her home and found a plate of cold, untouched dinner on her table and a horrific, bloody scene upstairs. To this day, no one is sure what happened to Mrs. Woble. But on occasion, drivers report seeing a woman walking along the road, bloodied, battered and searching for her home.
Grace Sherwood, also known as the “Witch of Pungo,” was a midwife and farmer who practiced herbal healing methods in Virginia Beach during the late 1600s. Many viewed this unconventional method of helping to cure others as a form of witchcraft, and it wasn’t long before Sherwood was tried as a witch. Her sentence was to be “ducked” in the Lynnhaven River. Sherwood’s hands were tied to her feet, and she was tossed into the water. Grace survived but was incarcerated and eventually released. She died at the age of 80 years old, and today, there is a bronze statue honoring her in front of Sentara Bayside Hospital, close to the site of the colonial courthouse where she was tried. Each summer, Grace allegedly revisits the place where she was ducked in the form of a flickering light that lingers about the water.