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L.B. Taylor: Master ghost storyteller

You can’t really talk about Virginia ghosts without mentioning L.B. Taylor Jr.

The Williamsburg author penned 50 non-fiction books, including 25 on Virginia ghosts with titles such as “The Ghosts of Virginia,” “The Ghosts of Tidewater … and Nearby Environs” and “Haunted Virginia: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Old Dominion.”

In his seventh volume of “The Ghosts of Virginia,” Taylor recounted several stories with local connections. A chapter titled “The House of Unspeakable Tragedies,” for instance, focuses on Auburn in Mathews County and the tragedies experienced by Dr. Henry Tabb who in 1824 moved into the Georgian-style home built for him by his father.

It includes the tragic tale of the death of his daughter Eliza after slipping on the front stairs and the hauntings reportedly experienced by residents of the home.

Another chapter sketches the historical significance of Warner Hall Plantation, now known as the Inn at Warner Hall. It includes ghostly encounters exper...

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