The structure has witnessed death, war, poverty, desperation, marauding soldiers, and it was nearly lost to the elements and the ravages of time. Yet, none of that is relevant to the modern legends. It has earned an impressive and unique history worthy of memory.
Most of the lore associated with Rotherwood is nothing more than stereotypes and the combined lore from countless other historic houses all across the south. The “brutal slave-owner” figures into the lore in most plantation houses from Louisiana to the Carolinas. It stands to reason that simply utilizing slave labor is brutal, in and of itself.
The chaining slaves in the basement never happened in the Tri-Cities, as far as can be current found. Legends of black dogs are common, whether you call them “hound of hell,” or not. In fact, the British Isles alone are saturated with tales and legends of phantom hounds. Rotherwood indeed may be haunted, but it isn’t by anything in contemporary myth.
Have these other structures been done as Rotherwood, in that fakelore has become the history, and the actual history has been forgotten? We can’t say, but you can’t deny a tremendous number of historic homes have stories a little too similar to those used elsewhere. Here’s a list of houses with “ghosts” from cruel slave-owners, -masters, or -overseers.
- Lalaurie House- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Lebeau Plantation House- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Magnolia Plantation- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Moody-Brick House- Fackler, Alabama
- Myrtles Plantation- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Prince Frederick’s Church Graveyard- Georgetown County, South Carolina
- * Major Graham’s Mansion- Graham’s Forge, Virginia
- * Shrimp Factory- Savannah, Georgia
- * Shoal Creek Manor- Cambridge, Maryland
- * Hickory Hill- Junction, Illinois
- * John Frist House- Moorefield, West Virginia
- * Crenshaw Mansion- Gallatin County, Illinois
- * The Yellow House- Washington, DC
- * Hower House- Akron, Ohio
(*Indicates the place also has legends of the owners chaining slaves on the property.)