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Williamsburg is Haunted! See for yourself...Haunted Tours & Dining

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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.
Colonial Williamsburg
We enjoyed this, even though it was a lot of walking. We recommend attending an orientation available at the entrance to historical williamsburg, which really gives you a good history of the town and its restoration. The guided tour through the governor's palace was very nice. We had at king's tavern. Great food. We tasted homemade beer from a barrel that was a wheat and nut blend. Very good. Homemade root beer was very good also.
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-- Robert & Connie Ricci - Ft. Myers, FL
Yorktown Victory Center - Yorktown, VA
Excellent presentation
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Yorktown Victory Center - Yorktown, VA
We found the area to be interesting. I enjoyed the museum. I liked seeing the items found in the vessel and really got a kick out of seeing the rigging site on the river. My son had fun chasing the hinny chicken and filming the event. My family had a relaxing and informative day.
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-- Marie Walker - Philadelphia, PA
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