Rotherwood Mansion, Kingsport

rotherwood mansion


The current structure of Rotherwood mansion was built in the early 1800's by a Rev. F. A. Ross. The first structure of the building was destroyed by fire in the mid 1800's but rebuilt built several years later by the same man. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Mansion, off Netherland Road, is said to be haunted by a young woman who died in the river that runs beside the mansion. Her father, a wealthy land owner, frowned on her love with a soldier, and forbade them ever to see each other.

One night before going to war, however, the young soldier came to see his lover. The woman’s brother found them, fought the young soldier, and threw him in the river. The soldier was then swept away with the current. Heartbroken, the women, threw herself into the river to find her beau.

She drowned trying. Now it is said that she can be seen, walking along the river at night, carrying a lantern, looking for her lost love. She is said to wear a long white dress, that may be a nightgown.

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