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8 Fantastically Creepy Ghost Stories in Virginia That Will Keep You Up At Night

Ok, admit it. It’s one thing to watch “Friday the 13th” in your living room with friends on Halloween, but to stand in a place where ghosts lurk and nasty deeds have gone down? That’s a whole other kind of scary. Virginia ranks at the top of many “Most Haunted” lists, and it’s no wonder. There are said to be nearly 200 haunted locations in Virginia – and that’s not counting individual stories of sightings and experiences in private homes or unnamed locations.

A little while back, I did a piece on particularly creepy abandoned buildings in Virginia. Most of them had ghost stories attached as the two just seem to go hand-in-hand. I also did a piece on urban legends in Virginia – you might remember Bunny Man Bridge and the Vampire of Hollywood Cemetery. Many of you brave souls out there asked if these places could be explored, but unfortunately, many of them were not open to the public.  So I’ve done a little more research and what I’ve found is that Virginia is FULL of ghost stories…and most of them do not take place in abandoned sites, but in places that are open to the public. The following stories are just a few of my favorites. Let me know if you want more, because I could keep at this for years!

In the meantime, for all of you ghost hunters out there, this one’s for you…

Even if you don’t believe in the paranormal, there’s something about these places that will make you wonder if maybe, just maybe, that wasn’t the wind moving in the trees or a cold draft under the door. It’s not for the likes of me, but if you’re up for it, than by all means, put on your big boy pants and check out these terrifyingly creepy sites. Please let me know what you find!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.