Haunted Colonial Williamsburg
Take a chilling visit to one of the most haunted places in America!
A great idea for group travel in Virginia is to visit Busch Gardens by day, and then a ghost tour in Colonial Williamsburg at night! These tours mix historical background with facts to provide a unique and exciting experience. This area is rich in history and is near other historical areas including Jamestown and Portsmouth. There are both private and group tours available, and many guides have websites where you can check out their route and references.
All of these places can be found in the historic town of Colonial Williamsburg. A Patriot’s Pass or other passes can be purchased at the Visitor’s Center to tour most of the buildings during the day. They do close at night, but a trip on a ghost tour is probably closer to the history of the structures than most visitors are willing to get! Many of the guides carry lanterns, to add to the spooky effect.
1.Wythe House – Visitors and residents of Williamsburg dispute the story of the spirits of the Wythe House. Some claim that she committed suicide in the house; others say that she died during childbirth. Many do agree that the ghost of a woman has been spotted, and people often hear the sounds of feet in heels running up the stairs of the house. Many visitors have also smelled a distinct perfume in the parlor of the house, when nobody else is there. Interpreters have also told stories about the Wythe House Kitchen, where candles have been moved from the window to the table and back when they are alone at night. There have also been reports of doors shutting and strange feelings in the upstairs rooms, including pressure on people’s shoulders and legs.
2.Ludwell-Paradise House – This house is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a lady known as Lucy Ludwell. There are many stories that tell of a woman spirit bathing in the upstairs bathroom, but when guests open the door, nothing is there. There are also stories written about construction workers at the house that arrived at the site in the mornings, only to find their tools and papers strewn about. Guests and residents believe that Lucy Ludwell may not have left her beloved home.
3.Peyton Randolph House – This is one of the oldest houses in the town. There are believed to be two ghosts that haunt this house. One is of a young man that was believed to be a soldier that may have stayed at the house for some time. The other is an elderly woman, who is said to frequently look out the window in the search for a young boy, perhaps her grandson, who may have fell out of a tree not too far from the house.
4.Hangman’s Road – Tour guides claim that in 1719, 14 pirates that were believed to be Blackbeard’s men, were hung on this road off the main town of Williamsburg. Witnesses claim to hear sounds and yelling coming from the area around where this took place.
5.The College of William and Mary – Though this is not a part of most ghost tours, it is still worth mentioning. There are a few buildings on this historic college campus that students and visitors claim to be haunted. One of these buildings is the Wren building, which is the oldest academic building still in use in the country. Many people hear footsteps coming from the upstairs when nobody is around. They may belong to Christopher Wren, or a soldier who is believed to have died in the building. There is also a ghost known as “Lucinda”, who was a former student who died in a car crash. There have been many strange occurrences in another building on campus that have been credited to her, including an old organ that begins to play “on its own” from time to time.
Whether you believe in the paranormal or you dismiss the stories as fantasy, a ghost tour is a unique way to experience the living history of Colonial Williamsburg.