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Virginia Real Haunted Houses - Houses That are Truly Haunted

Looking for some REAL scares? You're in luck -Virginia has a rich haunted history, and there's lots of houses across the state that are truly haunted by spirits who haven't quite left the living world yet. Whether you're looking for some real scares this Halloween Season, or you're simply fascinated by Virginia's haunted history, you'll want to check out Virginia Haunted Houses's database of real haunted houses across Virginia that are filled with thrills, chills, and scares year round!
 
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  •   Monticello Charlottesville, VA
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    Monticello is the famed former home and primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, and was largely designed by Jefferson himself. It is today open for tours and visitation, acting as a historic museum that offers a glimpse into American history and the life of its third president. Some say that Jefferson never left his beloved home, claiming to have seen his spirit still walking the... Read More

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    Located on a 28 acre plot, the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre is home to a historic preservation society. The plot has five historic buildings on it, as well as several archaeological sites. Among them are the 1822 Courthouse, an 1850 Jail, the 1853 Haislip-Hall House, Union Church, and the 1928 one-room Schoolhouse. Several of the buildings are said to be haunted, including the... Read More

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  •   Boxwood Inn Newport News, VA
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    The Boxwood Bed and Breakfast is located inside a beautiful 1897 southern mansion for Simon Reid Curtis and Nannie Cooke Curtis. The property was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Lucas in 1995, saving the building from potential demolition and leading to its full restoration. When Mrs. Lucas first began restoration work she broke a fingernail and exclaimed aloud that she needed an emery board.... Read More

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  •   Bremo Historic District Bremo Bluff, VA
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    Bremo Historic District, also known as Bremo Plantation or simply Bremo, is a 1500 acre estate overlooking the James River. In addition a large plantation mansion, two small residences can be found on the grounds: Lower Bremo and Bremo Recess. John Hartwell Cocke had the larger of the two, Bremo Recess, built in 1812 for himself and his wife, Anne, but she died just four years later.... Read More

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  •   Mayhurst Inn Orange, VA
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    Mayhurst Inn occupies a large 1859 plantation house, allowing enough space for eight unique guest rooms and suites. The accommodations must be pleasant, as some guests seem to be staying from beyond the grave! Visitors have reported a general feeling of being watched, and windows have opened by themselves in the Madison Room. Read More

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  •   John Douglass Brown House Alexandria, VA
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    Built around 1775 by Patrick Murray, this house is named for John Douglas Brown in 1816 and has remained in his family ever since. It was allegedly visited by George Washington at one point, and is a registered Historic Place. Passersby say that they have seen the ghosts of Revolutionary War soldiers around the home. Read More

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  •   Linden Plantation House Champlain, VA
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    In recent years the Linden Plantation House was used as a bed and breakfast, but the business has closed and the home is no longer open to the public. While the B&B was still in operation, visitors reported a variety of ghostly activity, including phantom footsteps on the third and fourth floors as well as orange-yellow lights moving through the hallways. Mysterious aromas were often... Read More

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  • Rosewell Plantation Gloucester, VA
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    Built in 1725 with a substantial brick frame, the Rosewell Plantation House is said to be a hotbed for ghostly sightings. A mysterious lady is said to walk the front steps every night, and the spirits of slaves alleged to have been buried in the cellar walls are also rumored to appear. In 1916 a fire burned down most of the building, leaving behind only brick ruins which are now open... Read More

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  •   Mills House Hanover, VA
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    The old Mills House is believed to date back to 1790 when the main part of the building was originally constructed, and was long rumored to be haunted. Locals say that they have seen the apparition of a woman in an old-fashioned nightgown through the window, and those who have been inside have felt cold spots. Buster Mills was the last occupant of the home and said there were ghosts in... Read More

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  •   The Grey Horse Inn The Plains, VA
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    The Grey Horse Inn was a small Bed and breakfast in The Plains which closed and was sold to private residents in 2011. Before its owners retired, visitors to The Grey Horse reported seeing a ghostly scene repeat itself inside the inn. Witnesses say that they could see the apparition of a Confederate soldier being killed. Read More

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  •   Lanier House Danville, VA
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    This circa 1830 house is the oldest documented residence in Danville still standing, and was originally used as a home for the city’s first mayor, Captain James Lanier. It is currently being used as a law office and was previously the site of Danville’s first pediatrician’s practice. Visitors to the old building have reported seeing apparitions, hearing mysterious footsteps, and hearing... Read More

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  • Ambler Mansion Ruins Jamestown, VA
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    First built around 1750, the Ambler House was once the home of Lydia Ambler. Lydia married her husband, Alexander, in August of 1776, but soon afterwards he went off to fight in the American Revolution. Though she waited patiently for his return, months went by without a single letter from Alexander ever being sent. In his absence, the mansion burned down in 1781, though it was quickly... Read More

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  •   Shirley Plantation Virginia, VA
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    A great deal of history can be found at the Shirley Plantation, which is the oldest family-owned business in the United States. The first house built on its grounds dates back to 1613, which may make it the oldest standing home in the US. Another house, built in the mid 18th century, is said to house a haunted painting in its second floor bedroom. The painting is a portrait of Aunt... Read More

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  •   Danville Museum Danville, VA
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    The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History was established in 1974, with its headquarters being the historic Sutherlin Mansion. This 1859 home was originally built for tobacco baron and industrialist, Major William Sutherlin; it was also the temporary home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis who issued his last official proclamation in that capacity during his week’s stay here in... Read More

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  •   Woodlawn Alexandria, VA
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    Originally part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, Woodlawn was bequeathed to his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, and Lewis’ new bride, Eleanor Parke Custis (Martha Washington’s granddaughter), as a wedding present in 1799. The gift included 2,000 acres of land and the commission of a house which took five years to build. The home is now a museum, and is rumored to be haunted by some... Read More

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  •   Kenmore Plantation Fredericksburg, VA
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    Built in the 1770s, this historic home is the only surviving building of the Kenmore Plantation. It was owned by the family of Betty Washington Lewis, George Washington’s younger sister. Rumor has it that Betty’s husband, Colonel Fielding Lewis, has haunted the house since his death in the 1780s. Lewis, who is said to have spent many hours in the upstairs bedroom worrying about money,... Read More

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  •   Tuckahoe Plantation Richmond, VA
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    Built in 1733 by Thomas Randolph and his son William, the Tuckahoe Plantation is presently open for tours and can be booked for private events. The plantation house is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who was forced to marry against her will. She died of a broken heart while living in the home, and her spirit can now be seen walking both the building and then plantation... Read More

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  • Weems Botts Museum Dumfries, VA
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    The Weems-Botts House is part of the Historic Dumfries collection of museums and historic places. It is open for tours several days a week, though patrons may find more than historic artifacts and trinkets when they walk in! Visitors say that the old house is haunted, reporting books that fly off the shelves and a bedroom closet door that opens itself up every day. The house... Read More

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  •   Black Horse Inn Warrenton, VA
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    The Black Horse Inn takes its name from the Black Horse Cavalry, a Confederate unit which led a successful charge against the Union in the First Battle of Manassas. It was originally built in the 1850s with additions constructed in the early 20th century. After recent restoration work, the current Black Horse Inn took form, containing ten rooms each with a private bath. Visitors have... Read More

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  • Edgewood Plantation Charles City, VA
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    Built in 1849 and situated on the oldest highway in the US, Edgewood Plantation was used as a lookout post by Confederate generals who were camped at nearby Berkeley Plantation during the Civil War. One of the house’s then-residents, Lizzie Rowland, kept a watchful eye as she waited for her love to return from the war, but he never did and so her spirit still watches from an upstairs... Read More

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  •   Carter's Grove Plantation Williamsburg, VA
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    Established in 1755 for Carter Burwell, Carter’s Grove was a private residence for many years until the death of its last resident in 1964. It opened to the public for several decades before again being sold to a private owner. In the time that it was open, many visitors reported seeing strange occurrences. The apparition of a slave in ragged clothing is said to appear on the grounds;... Read More

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  •   The Inn At Willow Grove Orange, VA
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    Located on a private 40-acre estate in an 18th century plantation mansion, The Inn at Willow Grove furnishes guests with luxurious accommodations and seclusion from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Evidently the living are not the only ones enticed by Willow Grove, as several spirits have been reported in the building and on the grounds. Apparitions of Confederate soldiers have... Read More

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  •   Winton Country Club Amherst, VA
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    The Winton Country Club, established in 1967, is built around the historic 1770 home of Patrick Henry’s mother, Sarah Winston Syme Henry, who lived in the house and was buried in its graveyard after her passing in 1784. Visitors have reported seeing Sarah’s ghost in the house, and others have heard her footsteps and the rustling of her petticoats. Read More

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  •   Occoquan Inn Occoquan, VA
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    The Occoquan Inn occupies a building constructed in 1810 which has continuously operated as an inn or tavern since early in its history. Today diners can find a variety of delicious dishes at the restaurant, but unwitting visitors may find that they’ve bit off a bit more than they can chew! Local legend has it that the Inn is haunted by the spirit of a Native American who died inside... Read More

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  •   Lancaster Tavern Lancaster, VA
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    Founded in 1790, the Lancaster Tavern has operated in some form or another as an inn, tavern, and/or restaurant for the majority of its history, though it was a private residence for nearly a century from 1894 to 1982. Today it is a popular Bed & Breakfast as well as a restaurant for those wanting a tasty meal without the overnight accommodations. Local lore has it that one resident... Read More

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  •   Ramsay House Alexandria, VA
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    Named after William Ramsay, the Scottish merchant who founded Alexandria, the Ramsay House acts a visitor’s center and gift shop for the city. Information, trinkets, brochures, and tickets to local attractions can all be found here. If you’re lucky, you may even see ghosts wearing 18th century clothing, though witnesses say they tend to stay in the basement. Read More

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    The Wilderness Road Regional Museum was originally two separate homes—one built in 1810 and the other in 1816 by town-founder Adam Hance. The museum is now said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman, perhaps a former resident of one of the buildings. Her apparition has been seen walking the grounds and standing in a window; lights are also known to flicker on and off. Read More

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  • Thornrose House Staunton, VA
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    This 1912 Gregorian-style brick home is now a Bed and Breakfast conveniently located across from Gypsy Hill Park. The scenic location and home-cooked breakfast may be reason enough for most people to stay the B&B, but ghost hunters will find the home particularly interesting. One of the bedrooms, called “Caroline’s Room,” is said to host numerous apparitions. Read More

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  •   The Old Mansion Bowling Green, VA
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    The Old Mansion in Bowling Green was built in 1670 as a one-and-a-half story brick structure; it was expanded at some point in the 18th century. It is said that the ghost of Colonel John Waller Hoomes, who built the house, still haunts his old home. His daughter, Sophia, has also been seen about the property, usually riding in a ghostly carriage. A third ghost is said to be that of one... Read More

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  •   Abijah Thomas House Adwolf, VA
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    Built in 1856, this octagon-shaped 17-room house was once the center of a 400 acre plot of land owned by Abijah Thomas. Thomas was the proprietor of a textile plant and owned a number of slaves whom he kept at his private residence. Allegedly some of those slaves were horribly abused and now their ghosts haunt the old building, appearing to visitors in shackles, dripping blood. The... Read More

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  •   Adam Thoroughgood House Virginia Beach, VA
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    Adam Thoroughgood came to Virginia in 1621 as an indentured servant and, 15 years later, was granted a land parcel. The house which bears his name was once thought to have been built by him on that parcel, but recent archaeological examinations revealed it was most likely built by one of his grandsons around 1720. Nonetheless, the house still stands and, following a 1957 renovation, has... Read More

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  •   Ferry Plantation House Virginia Beach, VA
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    Built in 1830 with an addition constructed in 1850, the Ferry Plantation House is a three-story brick structure that is now recognized a City Landmark. The house is open for several events throughout the year, including Halloween for those interested in learning about its haunted history. As many as eleven ghosts are said to haunt the building, including a former resident named Thomas... Read More

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  •   Appomattox Manor Hopewell, VA
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    Home of the Eppes family, this 1751 plantation house is most famous for having been the Union headquarters during the Siege of Petersburg. It is now administered as a historic house museum, and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Union soldier. The wounded soldier is said to have been hiding in the basement wall by a nurse at some point when the Confederates controlled the building;... Read More

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  •   Haw Branch Plantation Amelia, VA
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    Located near the Amelia Courthouse, Haw Branch Plantation was first settled by Colonel Thomas Tabb and his wife, Rebecca Booker, in 1735. The mansion was built ten years later and still stands to this day, though it was left unoccupied and in ruin for a long period before being purchased and restored by the McConnaughey family in 1965. It did not take long before the building’s new... Read More

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  •   Waverly House Richmond, VA
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    Visitors and past residents of this home have reported seeing the apparition of a sad, elderly man on the staircase. The spirit is believed to be that of Benjamin Green, a bank clerk who had his reputation shattered when the bank falsely accused him of pilfering money from it. The house remains a private residence and is not open for public visitation. Read More

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  •   Castle Hill Manor Charlottesville, VA
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    Castle Hill is a historic home located on the former site of a 600-acre plantation. It remains privately owned and is not open to the public, but visitors say they have seen the ghost of a woman appear in a particular room called the pink bedroom; she is often accompanied by the scent of perfume. Others have said that former owner Amelie Rives also haunts the old home, and that she is... Read More

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  •   Virginia Quilt Museum Harrisonburg, VA
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    The Virginia Quilt Museum first opened its doors in 1995, occupying the Warren-Sipe Home which was built in 1856. During the Civil War the house served as a makeshift hospital; one young Confederate soldier, Joseph Latimer, was brought here after the Battle of Gettysburg, but could not be saved. Latimer’s spirit can still be seen at the top of the staircase, clad in full uniform. Read More

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  •   The Glencoe Inn Portsmouth, VA
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    Built in 1890 on a plot overlooking the Elizabeth River, the Glencoe Inn’s original and current owners have both brought a heavy Scottish influence to their peaceful slice of Portsmouth. Perhaps it is the fresh scent of homemade scones then that keeps the spirits of former residents returning to the inn, hoping to join visitors for breakfast. At least one apparition has been spotted in... Read More

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    Also known as the Governor’s Mansion, this historic 1811 building is the oldest serving Executive Mansion in the United States, having been occupied by Virginia’s governors since 1813. Several renovations took place in the 20th century, and the building was furnished with antiques. Though it is still occupied by the Virginian executive and his family, tours are available several times a... Read More

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  •   Fall Hill Mansion Fredericksburg, VA
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    The Fall Hill Mansion sits in the middle of a former plantation and 8,000 acre parcel of land obtained by Francis Thornton in 1720. It is believed to have been built by Francis Thornton V when he married Sally Innes in 1790. Rumor has it that the building is haunted by Katina, a Sioux princess who acted as a nanny for the Thornton family and is rumored to be buried on the premises.... Read More

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  •   Orell House Williamsburg, VA
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    Little is known about the Orrell House’s early history as those records were destroyed during the Civil War, but it is known to have been the home of John Orrell from about 1800 to 1820. Today the historic building is used as a quaint inn in the heart of Williamsburg; it is also said to be haunted. The faucet in one of the bathrooms has reportedly turned itself on numerous times, and... Read More

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  •   Chatham Manor Fredericksburg, VA
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    Chatham Manor was founded in 1768 by William Fitzhugh as a plantation overlooking the Rappahannock River. In their time the grounds have been the site of a slave revolt, a Union headquarters during the Civil War, and a hospital for wounded soldiers. Today the plantation is part of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and open to the public daily for daytime... Read More

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  • Avenel House Bedford, VA
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    Built in 1838 for William Burwell and his wife, the Avenel House sits on the site of a former plantation. The Ghost of Avenel, a lady wearing a long, white dress and holding a parasol is said to haunt the grounds, often appearing outside of the mansion where she paces around the property. She is believed to have been a former resident. Additional apparitions have been reported as well,... Read More

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  •   Belle Grove Plantation Middletown, VA
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    Built between 1794 and 1797, Belle Grave Plantation was the home of Major Isaac Hite, Jr., a Revolutionary War veteran and brother-in-law to President James Madison. It was also used as a headquarters by US General Phillip Sheridan during the Civil War in the Valley Campaign of 1864, and was at the center of the Battle of Cedar Creek. It is said to be haunted by a woman in mourning,... Read More

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  •   Gaffos House Portsmouth, VA
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    During the mid-19th century, this historic home was used as a makeshift hospital by a doctor who was combating an outbreak of yellow fever in the region. One of his patients, the young daughter of a widower sea captain, stayed in the house’s attic until she eventually succumbed to her disease. Having now lost his wife and his daughter the captain was devastated; though he faithfully... Read More

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  •   Museum of the Confederacy Richmond, VA
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    One of three locations that comprise the American Civil War Museum, the White House & Museum of the Confederacy contains many exhibits and artifacts from the Civil War era. It is also said to be haunted by the spirit of a young boy. Allegedly, this child is the five-year-old son of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Read More

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  •   Oatlands Plantation Leesburg, VA
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    Once a 3500-acre wheat and wool plantation, the Oatlands are now used to host various events throughout the year, including weddings, and are open to the public for visitation. The historic 1804 manor house has been repurposed as a museum and is rumored to be haunted. Witnesses have heard phantom footsteps, heard voices, smelled the scent of roses coming from the upper floor—where no... Read More

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  •   Potts Mansion Toano, VA
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    Known locally as the Potts Mansion, this dilapidated house is said to be haunted by a woman in white. Trespassers have reported feeling uneasy inside and having electronic devices malfunction. The home is not open t the public and may be unsafe to enter. Read More

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    By the Side of the Road’s main building has a long history, having been built a short time after the Revolutionary War and used as a makeshift hospital during the Civil War. When Union soldiers burned down much of the surrounding area in 1864 this brick building would not catch fire, prompting soldiers to commandeer it as a haven for the wounded. Visitors have noticed some ghostly... Read More

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    The Conyers House, which actually consists of two different buildings constructed around 1790 and 1810, is presently operated as a cozy seven-room inn. Before the current owners converted the home into inn it was owned and by a man named Sam Wright, who lived here from about 1944 to 1964 with his wife, Martha. It is said that Sam’s spirit never left the home and that he still haunts it... Read More

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  •   Abram's Delight Winchester, VA
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    Abram’s Delight and the land on which it sits were the home of five generations of the Hollingsworth family. The current building was first constructed Isaac Hollingsworth in 1753, and additions were made in 1800 to accommodate his heir’s large family. The house and 35 acres of surrounding property were eventually purchased by the city of Winchester in 1943, thus preserving the oldest... Read More

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  •   Lee-Fendall House Alexandria, VA
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    The Lee-Fendall House was built in 1785 by the Lee family, 37 members of which lived here from the time of its completion to 1903. It was also owned by the Downham family from 1903 to 1937, John L. Lewis from 1937 to 1969, and quartered hundreds of Union soldiers between 1863 and 1865. Today it is a nationally registered Historic Place and operates as a museum open to the public.... Read More

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  •   Stratford Hall Plantation Stratford, VA
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    Home of the Lees, including Robert E. Lee who was born here, Stratford Hall is a plantation with a main building that dates back to 1725. It was purchased by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association in 1929 and, following tireless restoration efforts, opened to the public for visitation. The building is said to be haunted by the spirit of Elizabeth McCarthy Storke who, at the age of 14,... Read More

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  •   Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond, VA
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    Though the famed writer never lived in this 1740 stone house, it is located only blocks away from his Richmond home and contains a variety of Edgar Allan Poe’s original writings and personal belongings. At least three ghosts have been reported as inhabiting the centuries-old home turned museum—two blonde children and a shadowy male figure believed to be Poe himself. The children, who... Read More

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