Montana September 23, 2019
Virginia City Is Allegedly One Of Montana’s Most Haunted Small Towns
There’s a lot to love about Virginia City. Not only is it one of Montana’s oldest mining towns – and a living ghost town, at that – but it’s an absolutely delightful destination. Of course, a town with this much history is sure to have some rumors of paranormal activity… and as it turns out, quite a few Montanans have experienced the unexplainable here.
Virginia City's roots go all the way back to 1863.
That was the year Bill Fairweather and Henry Edgar discovered gold near Alder Creek, which led to the setup of the mining town.
Virginia City was initially a booming town, even serving some time as Montana's first state capital (Bannack was the first territorial capital).
But by the 1870s, the local population had dwindled, and before long, it became a ghost town.
In the 1940s, Charles and Sue Bovey began buying the town and started renovating it. Eventually, it became the tourist destination it is today.
Virginia City is now mostly owned by the state government and is a National Historic Landmark. For that we are thankful, because it's definitely a beloved treasure, offering a glimpse into our past.
But is this tiny town haunted? Many Montanans say yes.
Members of the Bozeman Paranormal Society, a historical ghost investigation group, say they have paranormal experiences every time they go. They've seen apparitions by the Hanging House and at the cemetery, and they've heard mysterious voices in the Opera House. One member was even locked inside a room by a playful spirit at the Fairweather Inn.
The Fairweather Inn definitely has its share of ghost stories, both from guests and employees... and it's not the only place in town.
In fact, some of the spirits are said to roam the streets. People have spotted a bearded man wearing a Civil War era uniform who looks angry... he crosses the street and then disappears. Several of the local buildings have been investigated by ghost hunters.
If you'd like to learn more about the city's restless spirits, you can go on a guided ghost walk from the middle of May through September.
The nightly tours start at the Bale of Hay Saloon, and you'll walk through the streets and alleys while listening to some spooky (and true) tales.
Of course, by day, Virginia City is a lively and thriving ghost town.
It's definitely most popular during the summertime, but if these rumors are correct, it will get you in the mood for Halloween as well.
Ghosts or not, Virginia City is a delightful place to visit. And while you’re in the area, spend some time at
Bannack State Park.
Address: Virginia City, MT 59729, USA