The Wythe House is in Colonial Williamsburg, just a few houses down from the Governor's Palace, on the right side of Palace Green. The was built in the 18th century by George Wythe, who was Thomas Jefferson's mentor.
The ghost that haunts the home is said to be not a Wythe, but Lady Ann Skipwith. She reportedly had a fiery temper and was far more independent than thought attractive in a young woman of her day. She married a wealthy planter and the two appear to have been at least temporarily separated.
At the time of their separation, Ann was stayed at the Wythe house. Perhaps the reason they had parted ways was that her husband had moved his attentions from Ann to her sister. All three were present at a ball given by the Governor at his palace one night.
No one knows what happened, but someone did something to really upset Ann. In a fit of rage, she rushed down the Palace Green to the Wythe House. En route she broke the heel of her shoe.
Ann may have been pregnant at the time of the incident. Some say she died in childbirth soon after the incident, others that she took her life that night. Soon after her death, her husband married her sister, Jean. The sound of one heeled, one flat shoe is said to still echo hurriedly up the stair.
She is also frequently seen peering through upstairs windows of the house. One visitor even saw her emerge beautifully dressed, look at herself in a mirror and walk through the door of an upstairs room.
George Wythe, the owner of the house, met an unfortunate death himself. He was poisoned to death in Richmond by a nephew,(he was after his uncle's money). Wythe lived long enough to uncover the plot and wrote the boy out of his will. Nonetheless, he died of poison and is buried in the cemetery at St. John's Church, Richmond (see Museums & Sites).