Virginia is one of the oldest states and former British colonies of the United States. It is home to Jamestown - home of the famous tale of John Smith and Pocahontas. It makes sense that it should have some of the oldest and creepiest 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 the oldest ghost tour in Virginia and the second oldest in the nation. They work to pass down the best-accumulated tales and local 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 in the lead up to the American War of Independence.
Today the economy of the city is driven by Colonial Williamsburg with its remarkably restored historic area and historical reenactors.
Williamsburg is an ideal place for a ghost tour set in the colonial days of Virginia. The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg tour is performed in a true story-telling format. The tour is designed to be suitable for all ages including as a fun family activity.
On this tour, stroll along the streets of Colonial Williamsburg while discovering the many hidden secrets and otherworldly experiences of the colonial settlement.
The tour lasts for 90 minutes and costs $18.00 per person. It starts at 8.00 am with more tour times in the summer months.
- Duration: 90 Minutes
- Cost: $18.00 Per Person
- Start Time: 8.00 am (More Tours In The Summer)
- Weather: Tours Run in Rain or Sunshine
They also offer ghost tours through the historic town at night on a candlelit walk.
Yorktown Hallowed Ground
Ever thought of having a ghost tour on the site of the battleground that won the fledging United States the War of Independence? If it had not been for the pivotal battle that resulted in the capitulation and surrender of the British Army, few would ever have heard of the sleepy little town called Yorktown.
Here one can enjoy an experience ghost tour delving into the decisive battle of over 230 years ago. It is set that locals still hear the echo of musket shots in the night with the cannons firing with such force that their houses shake. They say that the spectral soldiers can be seen walking across the battlefields - or at least so claims the tour company.
The tour is taken through the dark along the hallowed streets of historic Yorktown. Enjoy a 90-minute candlelit walking tour with the eerie tales and legends of the long-dead residents and soldiers that continue to haunt the town.
The expert storytellers guide one down some of the United States' oldest streets, the stunning York River Waterfront, and the battlefields.
- Siege of Yorktown: Ended The American War of Independence Over 230 Years Ago
- Duration: 90 Minutes
- Cost: $18.00 per person
- Start Time: 8 pm
The Haunted River Cruise of Jamestown Island
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 harrowing story in its early years. Its history was beset by disease, conflict with the native population, and even cannibalism. Jamestown was a place where the British Colonists experienced a tremendous amount of suffering and death.
Adjacent to the historic site of Jamestown is the living history museum to interpret the early colony. The Living history museum was created in 1957 to mark the 350th anniversary of the settlement 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 stories of strange occurrences and the spirits that still haunt the country's oldest permanent English settlement.
This tour is held on a pontoon boat that can comfortably accommodate up to 26 passengers.
- Closed: Reopening Spring 2022
- Haunted: Jamestown and The Historic Triangle Are Thought To Be One Of America's Most Haunted Places
- Duration: One Hour
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 daylight and nighttime tours for one to choose from.
If one lives on the West Coast, then the most haunted house is thought to be the truly bizarre Winchester Mystery House which was built for the souls of those killed by Winchester rifles.