We do not know what causes certain spirits or ghosts to linger around after death but normally it's caused by a highly traumatic experience.  Westover Plantation is one of the most historic houses in the Jamestown area.  Built around 1720 by William Byrd II, the house is often considered one of the finest examples of Georgian style architecture in the United States today.  Despite holding numerous parties and diner gatherings of future high ranking political figures, the house is also home to the tragic and heart breaking story of Miss Evelyn Byrd.

Evelyn was born in 1707 and was a very enthusiastic young girl, yet spoiled by her parents high ranking among the social scene at that time.  At the age of 10, she traveled to Europe to be properly educated.  However, during her nine year stay in England, she fell in love with an unknown English boy.  According to some historians, it may have been Charles Morduant, who went on to become the 3rd Earl of Peterborough.  Despite her feelings for this boy, her father scorned her and threaten to disown her if she continued to see this man.

In 1726, Evelyn returned to the colonies with her father, leaving her one true love behind.  While Evelyn didn't have very many friends, she did befriend Anne Carter Harrison of the Berkeley Plantation (one of five Jamestown Plantations still standing today).  They both made a pack that if either of them were to die, the deceased one would return to visit the other. 

At the age of 29, Evelyn died in her sleep.  A few months went by but eventually Anne Harrison went back to their favorite spot, out beyond the garden and was met by a glowing white figure that looked like Evelyn Byrd.  As the legend goes, the spirit kissed Anne's hand then dematerialized in front of her.  Today, there are still sightings of a white lady walking around the premises of the Westover Plantation.  Most who work there or spend time inside the house claim that Evelyn's presence can be felt all over the house.

Since this home did house Evelyn Byrd,  who died in 1737, and William Byrd III, who killed himself in 1777, I'm going to guess and say this is a fairly active place.  The history is right and with numerous slaves living on the plantation as well, this is a must investigate if your within driving distance of this lovely plantation. 


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