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Colonial Williamsburg: Ghosts & Graves Haunted Walking Tour

1. Colonial Williamsburg: Ghosts & Graves Haunted Walking Tour

Embark on the ultimate, bone-chilling, haunted, and historical adventure of either 60 or 90 minutes through the ghostly streets of Colonial Williamsburg to experience up to 12 of the most haunted locations in town. After meeting your experienced and licensed tour guides, learn about the centuries-old history of one of the nation's oldest colonies and hear obscure and fascinating tales of eyewitness accounts that occurred at all of the haunted locations.  Follow the amazing storytellers as they bring you deeper through the eerily-lit colonial streets to Bruton Parish Church, over 350 years old, surrounded on all sides by a spooky cemetery. Continue on your journey to sites of grizzly bloodshed which took place in the streets of Williamsburg during the Battle of Williamsburg, and walk on the haunted ground where piles of hapless soldiers' lay buried — right beneath your feet. Stand in the shadow of the Peyton Randolph House, Williamsburg's most haunted house, and hear the tragic stories of how over two dozen deaths, as well as mass graves of Native Americans, have made the building into the town’s most infamous mansion. Walk up to the courthouse where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud in 1776, and stand where George Washington planned the battle of Yorktown that ultimately won the revolutionary war. After more haunted sightings, head back to the meeting point, having gained insights into the paranormal and historical sides of Williamsburg.

Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial History Guided Walking Tour

2. Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial History Guided Walking Tour

Experience life in eighteenth-century America. In this guided walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll hear stories left out of textbooks. Learn about the founding fathers and visit the same buildings they did. Discover unexpected connections between their times and ours. Start your journey from the Capitol Building. From there, visit historical sites including the Raleigh Tavern. At the Silversmith, watch skilled craftspeople work their trade. Imagine yourself back in the 1700s. The costumes worn by the staff are true to the period and add to the atmosphere. Discover colonial-era figures beyond Washington and Jefferson. Hear your guide tell stories about the royal government and the transition to elected officials around the Governor’s Palace. Learn the poignant history of America declaring independence before returning to the Capitol Building.

Colonial Williamsburg: Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. Colonial Williamsburg: Self-Guided Walking Tour

On this self-guided walking tour where an app is your guide, narrator, and map all in one, explore Colonial Williamsburg, a beautifully restored colonial town full of actors living out the lives of 18th-century Americans. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Your tour begins at Colonial Williamsburg’s visitor center just north of the town center. As you walk south, you’ll learn about the earliest residents of Williamsburg and the Native Americans who called this place home when the first European settlers arrived. The first major landmark you’ll arrive at is the Peyton Randolph House, a gorgeous home dating back to 1715. Its former owner was a key revolutionary figure, though you might not have heard about him in school. Next, arrive at the Fife and Drum Building, where you’ll learn about the importance these simple instruments had during battles. If you’re lucky, you may also catch a performance of Colonial Williamsburg’s very own fife and drum band as they march through town. Continuing onward, hear about the origins of the Colonial Williamsburg museum project, including how America’s first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, bankrolled the whole thing. Afterward, you’ll see the Public Gaol, a grim prison that once held prisoners incarcerated for everything from petty theft to murder. It even held But would you Blackbeard’s pirate crew while they waited to be executed. Up next is Bassett Hall, the lavish estate where Rockefeller lived while overseeing the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. Then, it’s on to the old Capitol Building, where Virginia once declared independence from Britain, just 4 days before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The next stop is Raleigh Tavern. During the 1700s, this tavern’s unassuming facade hid secret revolutionary meetings within. Next, come to the Williamsburg Magazine, an old munitions storehouse. Learn the dramatic tale of a standoff between British troops and Williamsburg residents on the eve of the revolution. As you make your way to the Play House Stage, a recreation of one of the country’s oldest theaters, you’ll hear a few spooky stories about ghost sightings that have taken place throughout Williamsburg. After that, you’ll reach the Governor’s Palace, where Virginia’s Royal Governor ruled over the people of this state, that is until he was forced to flee in the dead of night. Then, see two of the town’s most historic structures: the George Wythe House and the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. The George Wythe House was home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence who was also a staunch abolitionist. Bruton Parish Episcopal Church predates the town itself and is the whole reason for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. Finally, make your way to the historic campus of the College of William & Mary, the nation’s second-oldest university. Finish your tour by seeing one of Williamsburg’s oldest and most impressive buildings and learning a little about the college’s controversial history.

Williamsburg: Colonial Conspiracy Tour

4. Williamsburg: Colonial Conspiracy Tour

Join your costumed, expert guide on a historical tour of colonial Williamsburg. During your tour, your guide will expose an often untold version of America's history and its founding fathers and the secret intentions they had for this nation. As you witness some of the city's landmarks, hear tales of the rites and rituals conducted by the multiple secrete societies which existed here - some of which still meet to this day. You'll also learn about some of the nation's most influential people from colonial America, all the way up to “Rockefeller’s Williamsburg”.

Colonial Williamsburg: Christmas Walking Tour with Gift

5. Colonial Williamsburg: Christmas Walking Tour with Gift

Get into the holiday spirit on this guided walking tour on a guided Christmas walking tour in Colonial Williamsburg. See Williamsburg's Christmas decorations and hear of how the colonists celebrated the holiday in the 18th century. Recieve a gift to celebrate your trip. Starting at the city’s capital building, follow alongside your guide to Williamsburg’s most magical and festive spots. As you stroll, listen in on Christmas stories, local Christmas traditions, and the history of the holidays here in town. Hear about the story of the Christmas tree in America and if Santa Claus was a part of the holiday celebration here in town. Why did the Masons have their own Masonic private holiday service on the 27th? You’ll learn all this and more as you explore. At the end of the tour, kick off the gift-giving season with a free lighted candle gift from your guide.

From DC: Colonial Williamsburg and Historical Triangle Tour

6. From DC: Colonial Williamsburg and Historical Triangle Tour

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Washington, DC and heads to Jamestown, Virginia. Learn how Jamestown was the first English settlement in North America, as well as the original capital of the state. Explore historic Jamestown with your guide, and admire the remnants of Fort James. Next, visit the reconstructed Glasshouse of 1608 and walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. Continue onto Colonial Williamsburg, and enjoy a guided walk through the world’s largest living history museum. Travel back in time as you stroll through this historic site, complete with costumed actors who bring this revolutionary town to life. Before heading back to DC, visit Yorktown and check out the battlefield where General George Washington fought in the Revolutionary War. At the end of a fascinating experience, soak up views of the Colonial Parkway on the return journey.

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What people are saying about Colonial Williamsburg

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 8 reviews

The tour was well researched and very interesting. He gave historical background on all the haunted places as well as the ghost sightings and such. The tour guide William clearly knew what he was talking about and the tour itself didn’t feel cheesy or forced like I’d feared from a ghost tour. Overall one of the best parts of my vacation and I highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Williamsburg.

Patrick did an amazing job showing us around some of the haunted sites downtown! The temperature was around 17 with wind chill the night that we took the tour, but he powered through and was still cheery and enthusiastic. His stories were all so interesting and my group intends to do the tour again when the weather is warm!

William was phenomenal. Funny, captivating, and knowledgeable—he kept our attention throughout, scared us at the right moments, and was able to entertain kids, teenagers, and adults simultaneously. Highly recommend if you want something authentic with a lot of substance and a lot of haunted and scary stops!

William, our guide, was awesome! He was very captivating and easy to hear amongst our group. I would highly recommend this tour and William as your guide.

William was a wonderful guide and great storyteller