Who needs to watch horror films when you can live the experience first-hand? A night of true terror might be exactly what you sign up for when you opt to stay the night in one of Colonial Williamsburg’s haunted houses, now open with Halloween-themed accommodations for the first time. Choosing to stay at these historic places on Halloween may just increase your odds of having a paranormal experience.
It comes as no surprise that a town founded in 1632 would be home to a haunted house or two…or 88. That’s how many of Colonial Williamsburg’s original buildings remain intact, each one with a uniquely spooky, albeit fascinating, history.
What may seem a little surprising is the fact that Williamsburg wholeheartedly embraces its spooky past. Events such as the Curse of the Sea Witch (photographed above) and the Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk will take you through the town’s haunted history.
You could argue that the buildings wouldn’t need any dressing up at all to thoroughly entertain guests. Take the Market Square Tavern for example. Established in 1749, this center for trade was frequented by guests such as Thomas Jefferson, who attended the nearby College of William and Mary.
While much of the tavern tragically burned down in 1842, it has reopened as the Raleigh Tavern and continues to offer guests an authentic colonial experience. Hauntings reported by guests include the spirits of wounded ghosts, looming the grounds and tapping at the walls.
With its 18th century architecture, the Orrell House is another accommodation with just enough spook to fuel your Halloween nightmare. This old Colonial house has opened its doors to welcome guests who want to experience what life was like hundreds of years ago.
One family who stayed there had a particularly haunting experience as they noticed the faucet in their room continued to turn out without any help. Later that evening, they heard the sound of glass breaking in the bathroom, even though no one was in there.
And it’s not just the original buildings that have a haunted past. Built in 1862, the Fort Magrudedr Hotel is newer than many buildings in Williamsburg. It was established on the same grounds where the Civil War Battle of Williamsburg was fought. Many guests have awoken to the sight of Confederate soldiers appearing in their room.
So if you’ve got a pension for fireplaces, canopy beds, and the chance of hosting a ghostly figure or two in you’re room, Colonial Williamsburg may just be the perfect place for your Halloween Weekend getaway.
What do you think about these historic Williamsburg sites? Would you dare stay in one overnight on Halloween? Be sure to share your thoughts!