often is the Selma Mansion, located on Selma Blvd.
If you are visiting Staunton, it is a must see to simply drive by and marvel at.
The house dates back pre civil war and is a beautiful plantation home and is
known as being haunted, very haunted. The mansion now serves as an
apartment house but during its day, it was one grand plantation here
in the town and valley.
house during the civil war. The story below comes from the Staunton
News Leader and Charles Culbertson (historian and author).
into the area were frequent, a woman and her son – a Confederate soldier
– were staying at Selma as guests. One day, without warning, a Union
soldier appeared on the property, spied the young Confederate,
and chased him into the house.
elaborate hearth in that room that the Union soldier caught
up with him. A shot rang out, and the Confederate soldier fell,
spilling his blood onto the floor. He was taken upstairs to a bedroom
where, some time later, he died.
mentioned that they had seen a young soldier in a gray uniform
on the stairs, entering the dining room or standing by the
blood-stained floor by the hearth “as if he were a member
of the family circle.” His presence was so clear that, once, a new
servant asked if she should set a place at the
table for the “gentleman.”
replied the servant. The nameless Confederate’s presence was only
haphazard at first, but in the 1870s he began to make himself
more and more noticeable to those still in the land of the
living. One guest wrote later that he was “polite, attentive, as though
listening to the conversation of the family, but not taking part.”
he was often mistaken for a living man, his manner was so
calm and casual, his presence so convincing, that residents
often accepted him.”
ghostly Confederate. He reportedly appeared regularly in the
bedroom in which he had died, scaring the daylights out of
people staying there. Soon, no one wanted to lodge
overnight in Selma.
in a number of articles and books. He received perhaps the
most attention after his story was told in
“Virginia Ghosts,” by Marguerite Dupont Lee.
Confederate to move on to a proper afterlife. The woman
performing the ceremony found the ghost lingering in the attic
– not neatly attired in his gray uniform, but appearing as a series
of “blotches” hanging in mid-air.
was a soul that literally was dissipating. All the other energy
forms I’d dealt with stayed true to their own coherent
structures. This one was breaking up.”
want to leave. By force of will, she got him to “move toward the
light.” With a “sigh of resignation,” the long-dead soldier moved
on to the afterlife that had been denied it for nearly 120 years.
At that moment, a clock in the house struck midnight.
sightings of Selma’s unhappy young Confederate.
The house had been purchased in 1856 by Col. Hierome L. Opie.
He was grievously wounded in 1862 and lost a leg; he would
die of his wound at Selma. According to Marguerite Dupont
Lee, his ghost wandered the house searching for his missing leg.
His ghost is also suspected of titling mirrors and picture frames.
Col. Opie, perhaps his ghost yet haunts the elegant old
mansion, which still stands.
more about the Selma Mansion on an episode of Haunted Travels.
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