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  "Lady Skipworth's Domain"
by tetonski1

"See the Ghost of Lady Skipworth".

Williamsburg is full of ghosts, and stories to go along with them, some that will chill you to the bone. One story that my family re-tells every year is that of Lady Anne Skipworth. Every time we visit Williamsburg,we attempt to see her at least once during our stay; and I am spookily happy to say that we have seen her apparition more than once!

First a little history about the house her spirit is said to inhabit.....

The residence of Lady Anne has quite a history. It has also been the home to one of the first signers of the Declaration of Independence; George Wythe. Now known as the George Wythe House, this home on Palace green was once General George Washington's headquarters just before the Siege of Yorktown and French General Rochambeau's after the victory. Also, in 1776 it accommodated Thomas Jefferson and his family as well.

Lady Anne Skipworth is one of Williamsburg's more notorius ghosts. According to local legend, Lady Anne became insanely jealous after seeing her husband and sister dance together at the Governor's Palace (merely a few houses away from her's.)

In a rage, Lady Anne Skipworth ran home from the dance crying, losing a red shoe in the process.

On nights when there's a full moon, it is said that if you visit Lady Anne Skipworth's former home, you may seen her aparition running up the stairs crying to her room.

As she ascends the staircase, you can hear the one-shoed footsteps clomping up the stairs, and then the slam of a door.

Address: On the Palace Green
Directions: In the Colonial Section of Williamsburg.
Website: http://www.history.org

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  • Updated Apr 27, 2004
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