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9 Urban Legends in Virginia Full Of Tall Tales And Terrifying Possibilities

An urban legend starts like a campfire game of “telephone”. One person whispers something to another, that person passes it on and so the story grows, until finally, it’s become larger than life with only shreds of truth. But for some reason, we are drawn to these legends and too often, we don’t even care if they’re true, because let’s be honest, fiction is usually more fun than fact.

In Virginia, there are many urban legends that have circulated through the years. Vampires in Richmond, gorillas on the loose outside of Lynchburg and buried treasure in Bedford. And whether these stories are backed by solid evidence or they have simply grown from a seed of truth over the years, they are still fascinating to tell.

Here are a just a few of the more interesting stories we found circulating around Virginia….

I always want to know what my readers have to say – this time, more than ever. It’s always interesting to find out what people know about legends, how they started or what aspects are based on truth. Be sure to let me know if you have been any experience with any of these stories, or share some of your own.

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.