Boo! Best Ghost Stories in the Greater Williamsburg Area

Ready to be spooked for Halloween? Here are the creepiest tales and legends in the Greater Williamsburg Area

Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Tours
Nelson House of Yorktown
Ambler House of Historic Jamestowne

Ready to be spooked for Halloween? Here are the creepiest tales and legends in Greater Williamsburg

Few places have as rich a history as Greater Williamsburg. So much history. So much mystery. That's why the area has earned the title of the spookiest site in the state, home to more ghost stories than a Stephen King library. Here are some of our favorites, along with the tours that bring them to life!

The George Wythe House at Colonial Williamsburg

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George Wythe was a mentor to Thomas Jefferson and a signer of the Declaration of Independence who died at 80 after possibly being poisoned with arsenic by a relative.

Legend has it that though he's buried in Richmond, he returns to his home every year on the day of his death to place a cold hand on the forehead of visitors.

That's not the only ghost who rattles through the house. Ann Skipwith, a frequent visitor during Colonial times, died during childbirth after arguing with her husband wearing only one shoe. Visitors report that at midnight you can hear the clicking of one high-heeled slipper on the steps of the home's stairs. 

The Peyton Randolph House at Colonial Williamsburg

Built in 1715, the house is considered one of the most haunted places on the East Coast by spook-loving fans. A Civil War soldier who stayed in the house died of tuberculosis and since his death, visitors have reported hearing his heavy boots tromping around the house and, at times, seeing his pale figure in the middle of the night.

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The Ambler House Ruins at Jamestown

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They say you can still feel the anger of Lady Lydia Ambler here and sometimes see her ghost wandering around the site. The grand home, built in 1750, housed Lydia and a dashing young soldier named Alexander Maupin. They married in 1776. He went off to fight in the Revolution while she waited and waited, sometimes heading to the James River in hopes of seeing him on his way home. Nothing. No letters. No sign from him. Finally, the story goes, she despaired so much she took her own life in the river.

The Thomas Nelson House in Yorktown

During the Siege of Yorktown, British General Lord Cornwallis and his officers took shelter from the shelling in this house, which belonged to Thomas Nelson, a colonial general who signed the Declaration of Independence and would go on to become governor of Virginia.Nelson ordered the American cannons to focus their fire on his home. British soldiers in and around the house were killed. One of them was believed to be in the stairwell when he took shrapnel. Since then, visitors have reported odd activity in the area, including doors slamming, strange cold breezes, and creaking floors. The National Park Service purchased the home in 1968 and restored it to its original colonial appearance but some say the ghost never left.

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The Moore House in Yorktown

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During the Battle of Yorktown, American and French cannons bombarded the city for weeks. John Turner was hit by a stray bullet while tending to his family's fields and rushed to the Moore house, where his wife, Clara, worked to keep him alive. He eventually succumbed. Clara wrote a poem, which is immortalized on his gravestone:  "Ah cruel ball so sudden to disarm and tear my tender husband from my arms. How can I grieve too much what time shall end by mourning for so good so kind a friend."Visitors claim they see a female ghost in a long dress weeping on the grounds, the widow Clara, still mourning her husband.


Ghost Tours

To hear some scary tales yourself, wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area on a Colonial Ghosts Tour, Oct. 2-31, 2019. It focuses on stories of Native American burial grounds, murder, war, and betrayal through three centuries of history in haunted Williamsburg. Extend the tour for a spooky bonus through William and Mary, the nation's second oldest college campus.

Haunted Williamsburg offers authentic 18th-century colonial ghost stories to creepy modern-day encounters, costumed storytellers share unnerving tales on this Colonial Williamsburg ghost tour. Haunted Williamsburg is the only ghost tour that takes you inside Colonial Williamsburg’s historic buildings. Daily tours, 7 & 8:30 p.m. 

Bring the entire family for all of the phantom fun with none of the nightmares on the Official Ghost Walk Junior:  Enjoy this 45-minute ghost tour of traditional spooky stories with a Colonial Williamsburg flavor. Thursday-Saturday, 5:30 & 6:45 p.m. 

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Take one of the oldest ghost tours in the country and visit the famous house on fire in Williamsburg with The Original Ghost Tour. For another ghostly option, check out The Colonial Ghost Ultimate Tour, Oct. 1-31, 2019, which promises you’ll see real hauntings and hear stories based on research and eyewitness interviews. 

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Explore the dark side of Yorktown as you tour its haunted streets with Yorktown Ghost Walks. In Jamestown, do not miss The Haunted River Cruise of Jamestown Island, also hosted by The Original Ghost Tour company. Your guide, a paranormal investigator who has researched the topic, will share the history and ghost stories associated with each location. Som tours offer scanners and tools to pick up that pick up any "spooky" or "other worldy" presences experienced on the tour. What better way to enjoy the cool air and the holiday with one of the many authentic ghost tours in the the greater Williamsburg area!.

Who knows, you might see something like this...

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Need some other less-scary ideas? Explore the secrets of Greater Williamsburg, check out the essential places to see, and browse the locals’ favorites.  Then plan your visit today.


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