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You Can Stay in the Haunted Houses of Colonial Williamsburg This Halloween

The Governors Palace in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

Colonial Williamsburg boasts eighty-eight original buildings, many of which are stunning but spooky residences. The 301-acre Historic Area was once the capital of Colonial Virginia and was founded in 1699. It also played a central role in many of the founding fathers’ burgeoning political careers.

So, it should be no surprise that these restored buildings have some seriously haunted history waiting inside their doors. One legend claims Thomas Jefferson haunts the original Market Square Tavern. The Peyton Randolph House boasts the apparition of a soldier and the Ludwell-Paradise House reportedly houses the bathing ghost of Lucy Ludwell.

Flickr/Mobilus In Mobili
Flickr/Mobilus In Mobili

This year, Colonial Williamsburg is getting into the Halloween spirit by inviting guests to stay in the haunted homes. While guests can stay in many of the Colonial Houses year round, this year organizers are adding some spooky touches.

Flickr/Mobilus In Mobili
Flickr/Mobilus In Mobili

They already have the historically accurate canopy beds and crackling fireplaces, so it shouldn’t be a challenge to create a spooky atmosphere.

Flickr/Esther Westerveld

Brave guests over the years have reported plenty of classic ghostly activity in their lodgings. Moving furniture, distinct smells, apparitions, cold spots, voices, and mysterious noises have all been reported in these houses.

The capital of Virginia moved to Richmond in 1780, but some spirits seem to have stayed behind. Don’t believe me? Try out the experience for yourself. Rooms start at $216 and include access to the Halloween-themed events taking place during the holiday weekend.

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You Can Stay in the Haunted Houses of Colonial Williamsburg This Halloween