5 Truly Terrifying Ghost Stories That Prove Williamsburg Is The Most Haunted City In Virginia
By Beth|Updated on August 23, 2022(Originally published August 18, 2022)
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Charlottesville. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.
It’s not altogether surprising that Williamsburg would be one of the most haunted cities in Virginia, as it was founded in 1632. If you’re a ghost hunter, consider Williamsburg to be your paradise. In fact, there are several ghost hunting conventions that meet in this city for that reason alone. There may be a bit of a tourist aspect to the ghost stories in Williamsburg, but that does not take away from the fact that there’s a lot of paranormal and suspicious activity here. For those who have never visited, you’ll be shocked to learn just how many Williamsburg ghost stories derive from this colonial town. You may need to brace yourself before continuing.
You don’t have to believe in ghosts or paranormal activity to appreciate the vast amount of ghost stories that have derived from Williamsburg. In addition to having an impressive history of its own, it seems like the city has an equally impressive ghost history. Do you have any haunted tales to tell about Williamsburg?
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