Virginia is known for a lot of things, but perhaps one thing that it would prefer not to be known for is haunted locations. Home to a vast number of Civil War battlegrounds, you are sure to find yourself on hallowed grounds just about anywhere in the state. With this infamous claim hanging over its head, discussion of haunted locations is sure to follow. If you want a truly spooky experience, here are a handful of supposedly haunted locations across Virginia that are open to the public. Are you brave enough to uncover the truth behind them?
When thinking about historic Virginia, one of the first towns that come to mind is Williamsburg. Williamsburg was among one of the first towns populated by the colonists. It is only fitting then that Colonial Williamsburg is thought to be haunted by former residents. Just about every building has a story to tell. One of the most notorious haunted properties is the Peyton Randolph House. A young soldier who remains unnamed sadly fell ill and met his tragic end during a stay in the house. Visitors often report seeing the soldier’s apparition or hearing him above them. If you are looking for creepier sites than this, moonlit tours of the historic town are available to those willing to brave it.
The Sad Tale of Jennie Hill
If you find yourself traveling to Chincoteague Island, one house, in particular, will stand out amongst the others. Built at the start of the 19th century and dated as the oldest surviving house on the island, the Captain Timothy Hill House is haunted for depressing reasons. Jennie was the favorite child of Captain Hill. Being an overprotective father, when a young Tom Freeman started developing feelings for Jennie, Captain Hill refused to give her hand in marriage. Furious, Tom stalked Jennie and her mother and tragically ended up killing the young girl he longed for. Devastated, Tom committed suicide soon after. Visitors say that you can still hear Jennie crying for her lost future.
Cemetery of the Vampire
Yes, you read that correctly. Richmond is believed to house a cemetery with a vampire. The Hollywood Cemetery is most famous as the burial grounds of three Presidents including the President of the Confederacy and several Confederate soldiers. Amidst the graves in this operational cemetery exists a curious mausoleum. Despite being marked as holding the remains of W.W. Poole, local residents claim it houses a vampire, making this haunted location even spookier. Those seeking a historic landmark as a final resting place for their deceased loved ones are able to
make arrangements at Hollywood Cemetery. However, if you are looking to visit at night, take a clove of garlic with you… just in case.
The “Female Stranger”
Perhaps one of the more curious Virginian hauntings actually occurs in two separate locations within Alexandria. In 1816, a young woman who caught a disease at sea sought rest and rehabilitation at Gadsby’s Tavern. Unfortunately, she never recovered and died in her room at the inn. Bizarrely, she asked that all attendants swear to never reveal her identity. Her gravestone at St. Paul’s cemetery is simply marked “Female Stranger”. Both the grave and Room 8 at the Gadsby’s Tavern are still haunted by the spirit of this unknown woman. Will we ever find out who this person actually was?
The final haunting is perhaps the most ominous amongst the list. It involves a house that has been abandoned for as long as anyone can recall, but somebody had to inhabit it at one point. Nowadays, it is only home to ravens and sits solo on its hill within the woods. Recently, a famous vlogger sought to spend the night in the house in order to gain more subscribers. Her subscribers were alarmed when the vlog never aired. Having gone missing for over a week past the scheduled broadcast, a search and rescue team uncovered only her video camera with the recording still intact. What was recorded was an eerie warning to avoid the house at all costs, as a sinister force was residing within. The vlogger’s voice can be heard muttering in her final moments something about a butcher, which is how the location got its infamous name.
Your Haunting Begins
Recently a portal has opened itself at Bond’s Escape Room to this foreboding place known only as “The Slaughterhouse”. Mysteriously, you have found yourself triple-dog dared to go on a sleepover within the house by an unknown person. Are you willing to accept this dare? If so, sign up for Sleepover Slaughterhouse on our website or call us at 703-884-1524. Can you escape with your lives?
Written by Zachary “The Butcher” Hullings