Step inside the Graffiti House and take a look at the messages, drawings and signatures of Civil War soldiers in this special 360 video. We filmed inside the Graffiti House for our upcoming PBS episode featuring Culpeper, Virginia. Bob Luddy, a docent at the Graffiti House took us through this home that was once used as a field hospital during the battle of Brandy Station.
The walls in the three upstairs rooms, the upstairs hallway and downstairs bathroom feature everything from signatures to notations to sketches of horses and birds to female visitors to the camps. The house, which had several uses over time, was at one point a shelter for soldiers. As Bob put it, it was sort of like their Motel 6. Later, it was a Confederate field hospital.
After the Civil War, the Graffiti House would change hands fourteen times and fall into disrepair. Remarkably, while being renovated by a business man in the 1990’s, the historic graffiti was discovered. In 2002 the house was purchased by the Brandy Station Foundation to be preserved. It’s now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located just outside of Culpeper beside Brandy Station Battlefield.
In addition to the old graffiti, visitors who have an ancestor with a connection to the Graffiti House have signed their name on the wall downstairs, marking their passage through this historic home.
I asked Bob whether anyone had experienced any paranormal activity in the house. Indeed they have, and the Graffiti House even hosts haunted evenings and ghost hunting events.
Stay tuned for more from the Graffiti House and Culpeper in our new season coming to PBS stations in February 2019. For now, watch episodes of “Travels with Darley” on PBS, Create TV, Amazon Prime and as video shorts on AOL and MSN.