In 1969, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. McConnaughey of Amelia County sat at their dining room table with a tape recorder hoping to capture screams descending from their attic.
“I didn’t believe in ghosts,” Mrs. McConnaughey told the Times-Dispatch reporter, “but there is something going on here.”
The couple bought the home four years earlier and began restoring it--it was the Georgian-style Haw Branch plantation.
On November 23 and May 23, 1969, the McConnaugheys heard “blood curdling female screams” coming from the attic.
“Their dogs were terrified by the anguished cries, and are still nervous on those dates, even though there have been no repeat performances for two years.”
Mrs. McConnaughey was a descendant of Col. Thomas Tabb, who established the plantation in 1745. While she was familiar with the plantation's history, she had no idea what the screams would represent.
Neither could she establish the identity of the “lady in white” a “filmy apparition that both she and her daughter have seen and her dogs apparently sense repeatedly.”
The family described the apparition as “pure white but solid,” wearing a straight-hanging dress.
Their pet dog appeared to have seen the lady too—running up to her, rolling over and wagging his tail, according to the McConnaugheys.
When Mrs. McConnaughey saw the lady in the library one time, she said there was also an “unexplained scent of freshly peeled oranges.”
If that wasn’t enough, the family also heard sounds of footsteps on the staircase and repeated sounds of furniture being moved in the attic. Every time, the family would investigate, but they never found a thing.
“As she relates all the mansion’s phenomena, goosebumps still appear on the back of her neck; she is very believable,” the reporter recounted.