This story begins with a woman and her husband. During the Civil War, he left his wife, Liza Thompson, to fight in the war. On his way out of town, he left the deed to their house and other important documents with a banker friend. He never came home again.
After suffering such a tragedy, Liza was faced with another problem. The banker who retained the documents for her house also left to fight the war. And, like her husband, was killed. In this tale, two wives grieved for their husbands but it was a house that brought on their own war.
After the banker’s death, his wife came across the deed and other documents to the Thompson home. She decided she wanted it for herself. This began a 13 year court battle between the two widows. In the end, Liza kept her home.
The family that lives in the house now, known as the Lynch House, says it is haunted. Witnesses have seen Liza Thompson dressed in white, standing at the foot of beds and walking the halls of the second floor. She is described as being a good, helpful spirit. They believe she may not be the only spirit in Lynch House. The second one is of a more mischievous nature who likes to hide keys and flicker lights whenever the Civil War is the topic of a conversation.
The Lynch House is a stop on a haunting tour in Leesburg, VA if you’re ever in the area and want to learn more.