Some visitors claim to have seen Lady Skipwith’s spirit roaming the property in her ball gown.
Others report hearing strange noises of someone running up the stairs with what sounds like the tread of someone wearing only one shoe. Another visitor claims to have witnessed Lady Skipwith’s wardrobe door opening and closing on its own.
The George Sweeney Case
Lady Skipworth isn’t the only spirit who roams the house. George Wythe, the property’s namesake, reportedly also haunts visitors.
Wythe was quite wealthy by the time he reached old age. He set up his grandnephew, George Sweeney, to inherit a significant amount of his estate. However, Sweeney was knee-deep in gambling debt and needed to pay back his loans. He planned to poison Wythe to get his inheritance earlier.
The poison made Wythe die a slow and agonizing death. Now it’s believed to be that his spirit haunts the Wythe house. He was never able to rest properly since his own blood killed him with greedy intentions. Sweeney was charged with the murder, but the case fell through due to a lack of credible witnesses.
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