You’ve heard the story of the ghostly figure who resides in the Bracken Tenement Kitchen. But it’s not the only Colonial House in the Revolutionary City with spooky specters. Here are three other stories of possible hauntings, including one about a founding father.
Market Square Tavern
One of Colonial Williamsburg’s 88 original buildings, the Market Square Tavern was once home to Thomas Jefferson as he studied at the College of William & Mary. One guest reported hearing footsteps in the hallway and named the being “Tom.” The guest said he told Tom goodnight, and a chair scraped across the floor as though the person in it was standing up. Does the author of the Declaration of Independence still visit his old stomping grounds?
The Orrell House is another of Colonial Williamsburg’s 88 original buildings. Guests reported finding all of the furniture turned upside down after coming back from a meal. Nothing else was touched, just the furniture. Who could be responsible for such a thing?
Brick House Tavern
The Brick House Tavern isn’t an original building, but it was reconstructed on its original location. In the 18th century, guests of the tavern would share a bed with each other, even strangers. A coworker shared this story, “Some spirits seem to still be searching for a comfortable rest… two sisters shared an experience of being woken up by a press on their shoulder and the covers pulled off.”
Do spirits haunt some of our Colonial Houses? So much history surrounds the Revolutionary City, it’s hard to think they wouldn’t. Even Dr. Goodwin acknowledged them.
Want to stay in one of our haunted Colonial Houses for Halloween? Book your stay and you’ll also get all-access passes to the ghostly fun included in this year’s Haunting on DoG Street: Blackbeard’s Revenge.