Rooted in History: Experience Virginia’s Oldest Ghost Tour

Virginia’s Historic Triangle is home to some of the oldest and most haunted tours in the Commonwealth and is ideal for the whole family.

Virginia is one of the oldest states and former British colonies in the United States. It is home to Jamestown – the home of the famous tale of John Smith and Pocahontas. It makes sense that it should have some of the oldest and spookiest ghost tours in the country. Virginia’s oldest ghost tours are in the Historic Triangle area (Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown).

With 30 years of experience, The Original Ghost Tour is Virginia’s oldest ghost tour and the second oldest in the country. They work to transmit the best accumulated local tales and legends.

The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg

Not far from Jamestown is the historic town of Williamsburg. It was founded by English settlers in 1632 as Middle Plantation and became a fortified settlement. For 79 years, from 1699 to 1780, it was the capital of the Colony and Commonwealth of Virginia and was the epicenter of political machinations in Virginia as the American Revolutionary War approached.

Today, the city’s economy is driven by Colonial Williamsburg with its remarkably restored historic district and historical re-enactments.

Williamsburg is a great place for a ghost tour set in colonial Virginia. The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg tour is conducted in a true storytelling format. The tour is designed to suit all ages, including as a fun family activity.

On this tour, stroll the streets of Colonial Williamsburg while discovering the many hidden secrets and otherworldly experiences of Colonial Colony.

The tour lasts 90 minutes and costs $18.00 per person. It starts at 8:00 a.m. with more visiting hours during the summer months.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Cost: $18.00 per person
  • Start time: 8:00 a.m. (more tours in summer)
  • Weather: Tours take place rain or shine

They also offer ghost tours through the historic city at night on a candlelit walk.

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Yorktown Hallowed Ground

Have you ever thought of taking a ghost tour to the site of the battlefield that won the fledgling United States the Revolutionary War? If it weren’t for the pivotal battle that culminated in the surrender and surrender of the British Army, few would have heard of the sleepy little town called Yorktown.

Here, one can enjoy a ghost tour experience immersing in the decisive battle over 230 years ago. Residents are expected to still hear the echo of musket fire in the night with the cannons firing with such force that their homes shake. They say spectral soldiers can be seen marching across battlefields – or so the tour company claims.

The tour takes place in the dark along the hallowed streets of historic Yorktown. Enjoy a 90-minute candlelit walking tour with the eerie tales and legends of residents and long-dead soldiers that continue to haunt the city.

Expert storytellers guide you through some of America’s oldest streets, the beautiful York River waterfront, and battlefields.

  • Yorktown Headquarters: Ended the American Revolutionary War over 230 years ago
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Cost: $18.00 per person
  • Start time: 8 p.m.

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The Haunted Jamestown Island River Cruise

Jamestown is the oldest English settlement in the United States, having been first settled in 1607. It is located on Jamestown Island in Virginia and has a very poignant history in its early years. Its history has been marked by disease, conflicts with the native population and even cannibalism. Jamestown was a place where the British colonists experienced an enormous amount of suffering and death.

Adjacent to the Jamestown Historic Site is the Living History Museum to interpret the first settlement. The living history museum was established in 1957 to mark the 350th anniversary of the colony and is a must see.

Jamestown is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the country. On the haunted river cruise of Jamestown Island, one will hear the many tales of strange happenings and the spirits that still haunt the oldest permanent English settlement in the country.

This tour takes place on a pontoon boat that can comfortably accommodate up to 26 passengers.

  • Farm: Reopening spring 2022
  • Haunted: Jamestown and the historic triangle is considered one of the most haunted places in America
  • Duration: One o’clock

Original Ghost Tour offers a number of other haunted tours in the historic triangle area – so be sure to visit their website. They have a selection of day and night tours to choose from.

If one lives on the west coast, the most haunted house is believed to be the truly bizarre Winchester Mystery House which was built for the souls of those killed by Winchester guns.

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