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The true story behind this ‘haunted house’ in Dinwiddie

Posted at 5:10 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 12:38:30-04

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- Jennifer Davis knew something was up when she kept getting text messages and tagged on Facebook.

Once the Petersburg native logged onto Facebook she saw why everyone was reaching out to her.

Her grandparents' home -- on Route One in Dinwiddie -- had been featured on a Facebook page dedicated to haunted houses.

The photo, posted Saturday, has been liked 11,000 times and shared nearly 3,000 times.

Of course there is one small problem with the viral post, Davis said the old house is not haunted.

"I was just mystified because I knew it was not haunted," Davis said of the home built in 1890. "I have a lot of fun memories, spent the night, had picnics, had sleigh rides."

Harry and Rebecca Davis

Harry and Rebecca Davis

In fact, Davis said the home's history is not rooted in ghosts, but rather in love.

She said her grandmother Rebecca always commented to her grandfather Harry how much she loved the old home when the couple would drive by it.

Then one day, in the early 1970s, Harry pulled into the driveway.

When Rebecca protested and said they had to leave before the homeowner called the police, Harrry, the story goes, handed her the keys and told her it was now her home.

The home stayed in the family until Harry's death in 2008.

Haunted House

Despite the love and good times that happened in and around the home, its Victorian style, similar to the home on TV's The Munsters, gave the house a haunted reputation.

"It was known as the Haunted House. The kids on the school bus called it a Haunted House," Davis recalled.

The haunted house reputation was passed from one generation to the next.

"That's just what I've always been told," 23-year-old Dinwiddie native Alexis Graham said. "That's the haunted house."

Davis said she has seen the home pop up on similar Facebook pages and haunted house lists before.

This time, she felt compelled to go on Facebook and set the record straight.

"I believe there is something out there," she said about her belief in ghosts. "Just not at my grandparents house."