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In the heart of America's Old Dominion country lies the quaint colonial town of Williamsburg. Lined with shops and restaurants harking back to the days of the newborn nation, Williamsburg gives visitors a taste of life in the 1700s, both human and supernatural. The Williamsburg historic area is notorious for its many ghosts, spirits and tales of folklore, and several books have been written on these topics. "...it appears that it's true due to the long history of the state and the fact that there has been so much trauma and tragedy here, with the Indian conflicts, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Couple that with the abundance of old, historic houses here and you have an explanation for all the paranormal activity. Ghosts seem to hang around old houses," explains L.B. Taylor, author of The Ghosts of Williamsburg, a book published in 1983. Visitors in Williamsburg can experience these legends for themselves on The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, a nightly walking tour led by a storytelling certified historical interpreter.

Another haunted tour in Williamsburg is based on the book by Jackie Eileen Behrend, The Hauntings of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. Hauntings of Williamsburg tour-goers may have the chance to hear the Wagon of Death as it rumbles down Nicholson Street, bearing a load of prisoners to the gallows; or possibly catch a note of the colonial celebration going on at the Raleigh Tavern; and just as likely to be heard are ghosts still fighting the Revolutionary War in an otherwise quiet residential area.

In addition to Williamsburg's ghost story and folklore tours, the town is also known for its share of haunted old houses, such as the Wythe House. Known as "The Most Haunted House in Williamsburg," this former residence of Declaration of Independence signer George Wythe is home to as many as four ghost occupants. The most commonly experienced happening is the sound of a high heeled shoe clicking on the stairs at exactly midnight. Others have heard chairs being dragged across the floor, smelled a lady's perfume when there are no others present, or even seen kitchen candles move from the window to the table without human help.

For those who doubt the existence of the supernatural, let it be known that even the Reverend Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin, a minister who directed the Colonial Williamsburg Restoration in the '20s and '30s, believed in the presence of spirits in the town. In 1936, he said to visiting newspaper columnist Ernie Pyle, "I wouldn't give a hoot for anybody who didn't believe in ghosts." So when in Williamsburg, why not take a candlelight or historical homes tour, and find out for yourself?

Other Haunted Happenings in Williamsburg:

  • Those Detestable Slaves of the Devil! — Book Discussion and signing by local author Carson Hudson; discussion of 17the and 18the century Virginians' beliefs and superstitions, as well as witchcraft proceedings and supernatural occurrences in Virginia.
  • Williamsburg's Haunted Dinner Theatre. — Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. "Ding. Dong. The Witch is Dead!" murder mystery and 71-item dinner buffet at Captain George's Restaurant.
  • An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe. Hear storytelling of the famous author's most scary tales, including "Black Cat," "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" in Colonial Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Lodge.
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Colonial Williamsburg
If you are into learning about our nation's beginning, start here! More information than you can take in, in just one day. Get info from visitors' center or chamber of commerce before you plan your day(s) because not all activities are scheduled each and every day. Be prepared to walk and not all buildings have air conditioning, though they have done a fair job of providing a/c in several places. Governors' mansion a must see. Take a walk back into history.
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-- Joe Moffett - Cumberland, MD
Colonial Williamsburg
I could do it again next week! Having the 2 day pass was great, but a 3 day one would also have been good too. We were there at 9 each day and left at 5 on the first day and 4 on the second day. Did half the park each time. Needed the 3rd day to take in the plays and events that the park offered. We were looking at buildings when jefferson, or washington or the govenor were speaking at the tavern or courthouse. You just couldn't be in two places at once. It rained on our first day and they let us in early to different things so weather was not a problem.
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-- Joan Merriam - London, ON
Jamestown Settlement
I highly encourage one and all to come to Jamestown and see if they can feel the 'deja vu feeling i got while there. While standing at the front of pocohantas' statue the feeling that i had been there before swept through me like the wind sweeps the james river. According to our family tree, my ancestors arrived at Jamestown in time for the bacon rebellion and subsequently purchased quite a bit of land in the surrounding area. Their hearts were in Jamestown and i feel compelled to return time and again just to touch the place where the first words of freedom were spoken. America began at Jamestown with those words and then came to fruition just a short piece down the colonial parkway at yorktown. Anyone who holds a love for america should undertake a visit to where it all began...Jamestown! This fall i will begin my search for the actual spot where my ancestors had their homestead.
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-- Rick Gentry - Port Charlotte, Fl 33948
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