Poplar Grove Plantation
Wilmington, North Carolina
Poplar Grove Plantation is a peanut plantation by the Topsail sound in Scotts Hill near Wilmington in Pender County, North Carolina. It was originally owned by the widow of Cornelius Harnett. Later, the property which once included Figure Eight Island became the home of the Foy family, an American family of French Huguenot descent, from 1795 until 1971. The original plantation house was destroyed in a fire. The current house, a 12-room Greek Revival-style mansion, was built in the early 1850s by Joseph Mumford Foy.
The plantation is believed to have a host of spirits in both the main house and the tenant farmhouses. One of the most active is of young David Foy, the first-born son. He echoes as a tangible energy in the house. Rebelling against his Unionist father, David joined the Confederate Army, but quickly died from typhus back at home, where, by many accounts, he still remains, bitterly stomping around the front office where plantation business was once conducted.
Nora Foy, the wife of David’s brother J.T., may well have been haunted during her life. A tough woman, she bore four children who all died within their first days of life. She went on to be a postmaster and raised her nephew to inherit the plantation since her bloodline was halted. Nora is rumored to dwell in the children’s bedroom upstairs, a benevolent, but protective force.
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